Drawing Together Episode 20: Fur Real?!

Drawing Together Episode 20: Fur Real?!

this episode is Part of the Drawing Together live video series – learn more here


Today, we tackle the internet’s favorite subject: Cats! I’ll draw a cat. But not just any cat! This one has unbelievable fur and eyes. Follow along using this reference image: https://bit.ly/2xkIQId

Today, I’m working with:

  • Toned drawing paper
  • Charcoal Pencil
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Compressed Charcoal Stick
  • White Charcoal Pencil
  • Kneaded and Rubber Erasers

In this session, we’ll cover:

  •  How to draw realistic fur
  • Drawing a cat
  • Drawing cat eyes
  • Shading techniques
  • Creating texture
  • Managing detail


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  1. Hello. I’ve just begun your drawing lessons. I drew the cat Odin on 9×12 toned Strathmore paper with charcoal. This is the third lesson I’ve watched. I enjoy your teaching style. I haven’t drawn in so long and really avoided using charcoal in the past because I really didn’t know how to use it. After watching you and trying it I’ve found I quite enjoy the medium! I look forward to trying more of your lessons. Thank you.

    1. I also had a request for you to do a demonstration or instruction about using a fixative for your finished drawings. Any tips would be helpful. in the past I’ve ruined finished drawings when the spray has left drips. 🙁

  2. Trying to catch up with previous episodes… I don’t have white charcoal yet, but I intend to get asap. Love the effect of it on the cat! I had to suggest the eyebrows and whiskers rather than negative drawing them, but oh well. Next time it’ll be better. Thank you for your guidance and suggestions. You’re awesome, Scott! As to suggestions about subjects, I’d like to see more human images. I’m a wood carver and can relate a lot to the human form. Thanks again!

  3. This was fun, only my second drawing in charcoal. These tutorials are wonderful and explained so well. I would highly recommend, I feel that I am learning a lot. A golden retriever would be a fun project too!

  4. Thanks Scott your opinion means a lot to me. I just started to draw 40 days ago at the age of 45 :). This pandemic in Italy forced us to stay at home and having more time I tried some drawings and pastel paintings and enjoyed it. I am happy with my progress, even tough still a long way to go

  5. Wonderful work here. Thank you for sharing! With regards to sharpening your pencil, Are you using a razor blade or a mechanical sharpener? I find that a razor blade is a bit more effective. Also, having a piece of sandpaper available can be helpful! Looking at this drawing though, it looks like you’re doing a great job keeping your pencil sharp!

  6. Thanks from Italy. Great tutorial and looking forward to see more (my suggestion is for New York cityscape or another city). For this lesson I used same paper in a smaller format and white pastel pencil instead of white charcoal. My biggest struggle is with sharpening the charcoal pencil

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