The Friday Art Cat: Shinji

You may have read about Shinjji, the now seventeen year old Lynx Point Siamese mix.  He’s the Assistant Site Mascot on my blog, Mindflight.  I really love his markings, which are a cross between a standard Siamese and a gray tabby, while his face reminds me a bit of a cougar.  His eyes are nearly that brilliant in real life in the proper light.  It’s nice to see him smiling now, too.  For a long time he didn’t smile much but he’s settling in to his new life with me quite well.

I love working on mid-toned paper, so you can add both darks and lights to form a more interesting image.  This is the first portrait of a cat I’ve done in quite some time but I enjoyed it so much I may do more.  I used a combination of Conte, chalks, and both ink and wax-based pencils on gray smooth-textured cardboard.  I love combining colored pencils, pastels and chalks.  It allows a vibrancy and level of detail that I can’t get any other way.

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