What Are You Looking At?

Animals, JenArt, Pen & Ink

Once I had success with the stippling technique, I was ready to tackle another project. This time, I would go big (literally); the subject was our 35 pound Maine Coon cat Shasta. I love this photo; it captures his tough-guy attitude so well. However, deep down he was a real fraidy cat that loved belly rubs!

Needless to say, this portrait took many, many, many, hours and countless dots. About half way through I questioned my own sanity! Again, I began by stippling the eyes, then the main features, and lastly the shadows and highlights. I finished up by adding a bit of colored pencil to the eyes and nose.


Shasta Cat
11″x14″ Pen & Ink Stippling on Bristol Board Adapted from Personal Photograph

2 thoughts on “What Are You Looking At?

  1. Beautiful, this technique was worth the wait, and probably the hand ache? What a lovely cat, I completely get the gentle giants, I have a Norwegian forest cat, he is a complete soppy cat, belly rubs, etc, so huge with it, but the gentlest of all my furry friends.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. It was worth it! Yes I completely agree. I miss my big fat fuzzy cat. He was such a cuddle bunny.


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