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I decided to get some more practice drawing in color since it has been a while…about 2.5 years! I offered to do this portrait for our neighbor to pay her back for babysitting and pet sitting for us. She was pleased to accept the free drawing!

I used toned paper from a sketchbook and prismacolor pencils. I wanted to keep it small since colored pencil can be time consuming and uses up pencils very quickly. The drawing is 5″x7″ and it actually only took about 4 hours. The small scale may have actually been a challenge because the pencils need to be sharpened a lot. Even when sharp the lines still look a little thick to me as you can see in the whiskers. I matted and framed it and our neighbors love it! Here is the progress and final scan.