I drew my in-laws' dog, Bridget, for Christmas this year. She's become blind but is still very peppy.
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I sketched out Bridget in my sketchbook and then traced it onto my Stonehenge paper. I quickly scribble in Sky Blue (#146) to visualize the vignette effect I want to achieve.
Using Sky Blue (#146), Cobalt Blue (#143) and Helio-Blue Reddish (#151), I start filling in the background, planning out exactly where I want the colors to be darkest and where to fade into the lightest values. I wrap my finger in a tissue and rub the colors to blend and soften.
The background needs to be dark enough to contrast Bridget's white fur. Using Sky Blue (#146), I create the hard edge around Bridget's silhouette and fill in the rest of the background accordingly. I make it as soft and smooth as possible by carefully blending in the colors with tissue.
I wanted Bridget to appear warm against the cool background, so I began mapping out her fur using Cinnamon (#189). I fill in some of this shading with Sky Blue (#146) to show that her fur is reflecting the blue in the background.
I pushed the values more. Since her face is the focal point, I leave the highlighted parts of her face pure white and lightly shade in the rest of her body, especially the areas below the collar. The only three colors I used in her fur are Sky Blue (#146), Cinnamon (#189), and Violet (#138). I begin outlining Bridget in Helioblue-Reddish (#151), Violet, and Cinnamon.
Notice how I use a kneaded eraser to remove my pencil marks on her snout and forehead. I go back and fill in any visible pencil strokes and make sure that all edges in fur are clean. She's finished!