Mike Sibley Comment Posted Sep.24th, 2012, viewed 63 times
Again, much better results. Indenting is perfect for creating white lines in very dark areas, where negative drawing might work but it's more likely the edges will not remain sharp.
There are no signs of any of the indents breaking down under shading - which makes me think you could probably safely shade even darker.
<< I added the dark whiskers at the roots of the upper whiskers. Supposedly they came out of there? I am still not certain if this is what you advised in your comment? >>
No that's not what I meant. Picture the whiskers in three-dimensions - imagine they are sweeping up out of the cat and curving towards the light. You'd expect to see a subtle highlight where the curve of the whisker was facing you. To achieve that you need to very gently tone down the white from both ends towards the centre, which you leave as the white highlight. Very lightly run a 2H inside the indent from its tip towards the centre, fading it out as you progress. That suggests a roundness at that end. At the root end you can use more pressure as you'd expect it to be shaded by the surrounding hair. Using a 2H again, or even an HB,draw into the indent heavily enough to the its root disappears into the surrounding hair. Now lighten the pressure as you go until it fades to white before you reach the highlight.
That should hide the root, so it appears to be emerging from the hair around it, and with both ends subtly tones down, the central area will appear to be a highlight that adds a three-dimensional curve to the whisker. When in doubt, omit the shadow at the tapered end :o)
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