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Furry Friday ~ Katie

Vanessa, who commissioned the graphite portrait of Rio for me, has been truly amazing and gifted me with another graphite portrait, this time of Katie. <3

Of course, I have to pick a picture I want Catherine to do, which is easier said than done. Haha

This picture has always been my favorite of her. I love the paws crossed, the head tilt and the fact that she actually has her ears perked up. My only "issue" with this picture is that her eyes are closed. In a way it adds to the overall picture but I want to see those beautiful eyes. 

So, I proceeded to take pictures of Katie the other day, in hopes of getting one that would be perfect for the graphite portrait:

As you can tell, she wasn't very cooperative and probably wondered why Mom kept pointing the flashy thingy in her face....especially when she was trying to sleep.

I like each picture, for different reasons, but none seemed suitable for the graphite portrait. Maybe b/c I was trying to hard.

I ended up asking Catherine if it was possible to use my favorite picture but draw her with her eyes open. I wasn't too hopeful, not knowing the process but she told me that it wouldn't be a problem, I just needed to send her several pictures of Katie that really show her eyes.

So come September, I'll get my wish. I'll have my favorite picture of Katie turned into a graphite portrait, with the added bonus of seeing her beautiful eyes.

I'm beyond thrilled to have this gift. Vanessa will never realize how much this means to me. Katie has been a constant in my life and knowing that she's aging and it's showing is killing me. Knowing that I'll have this portrait long after she's gone, is a gift I'll cherish for always. I'm also glad she had me take pictures of Katie, b/c now I'll have those too.

Thanks Sis. <3


  1. Luv ya Sis. Now you made me cry...Dang.
    If you want to have her pic done with her eyes closed, do it with her eyes closed....sigh.

    1. Luv ya too Sis. Didn't mean to make you cry but I'm thrilled beyond belief to have one done of Katie know how long I've wanted one of Catherine's graphite portraits LOL As far as her eyes, I want one with them open. She has beautiful eyes and Catherine does an amazing job of capturing their very soul in the eyes.

  2. I LOVE that picture of Katie!! I can't wait to see what the graphite portrait looks like with her eyes open. I bet it's going to be awesome! :D When you get pictures of her eyes try to do them outside if possible to bring out the color/reflection/detail/expression/etc. without the flash and please share them too! I enjoyed seeing the new ones of Katie. :)

    1. That's a good idea about doing them outside! She may even perk those ears up more too. :-)

    2. I didn't even think about her ears! Good thinking. I just know their eyes look much better outdoors. The more angles you can get the better too since her head is tilted in the picture. It will give the artist more reference for drawing them. :)

    3. My secret weapon for getting Jackal's ears up (well as up as they get) and eyes on my is to whisper kitty kitty under my breath hehehehehe!


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