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How to Draw a Christmas Kitten in Oil Pastels. I labeled it Moderate rather than Moderately Easy because even with the line sketch there's a new technique -- scraping -- and there's some complex textures and highlighting. Follow along close with this if you're a beginner and you'll probably get it. Don't try anything fancy like doing a non-tabby if you're a beginner.

Also, I used Erengi Art Aspirer oil pastels, these are artist grade and softer than the cheaper ones. But they're not super pricy. Jerry's Artarama has them on sale for $34.99 for a set of 50 till December 31st and so does ASW -- and they will probably run that sale again immediately since it's one of the perennials. They were giving away the 50 color set as a freebie last month on one coupon if you bought $100 of other stuff. Very good bargain price for artist grade oil pastels.
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anniefancy
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Robert, that is adorable! I love the kitty's reflection in the bulb. I'd like to print out your instructions with your permission, so I can take them into my studio and make one.

Nice job, she looks bright and vibrant, perfect for Christmas.

Annie
robertsloan2
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Please do! I'd love to see your version of my Christmas Kitten, and if you go to DeviantART you can print out my version big just by downloading the full size image -- my gift to my readers and viewers for the holidays. That way you could trace the outline directly from the Deviation version and get a large version easier to paint.

I may want to look into buying the software to make PDF files so that I can do downloadable instructions for my demos on <a href="http://www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com>www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com</a> -- it'd help and then I could also do ebooks that way. Also, please star the article and when you're done, click "I did this" on it -- there's a function now on eHow that you can tell the world that you did the project, which I think is pretty neat.
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