Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh No, Not More Snow - Tabby Cat

'Oh No Not More Snow'
My face looked like that when I saw yet more snow falling. The dogs however love it, apart from when it makes those little snow balls in their paws.
This is my latest ACEO, acrylic and coloured pencil on drafting film.

Background Change on Maine Coon

While I had the oil pastels out I painted a Maine Coon cat using both oil pastels and acrylics. I used a grey mountboard to work on and didn't add a background.

However after revisiting the image I decided the colour of the background didn't add anything at all, in fact I decided it was detracting from the cat. So gave it a blended oil pastel background.

Here are the before and after versions, I've also changed the crop on the final version although I'm still undecided on that.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tiger in Coloured Pencil

I stopped work on the cat to draw this tiger cub. It's coloured pencil and acrylic on Ingres paper, approximately 6 x 4.

I'm having a stand at a cat show next weekend and I thought it would be nice to offer a tiger print.

Hopefully in the near future I will be able to do more demonstrations for my blog and write some more interesting posts because I'm hopefully going to be leaving my day job at the end of March. Watch this space.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Red Tabby Cat

Another cat I'm working on.
This is mainly watercolour on Arches Hot Press paper, approximately 7 x 5 inches. I've left the fur on the back undefined so that I can put all the detail in the face. I'm thinking that I might do a bigger version of this one as I like the pose.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Scratchboard Cat

This is 5 x 7, I'm using an Ampersand Scratchbord and then tinting it with watercolour before scratching another layer. I keep repeating to get the depth in the fur.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Cat and Kitten in Coloured Pencil

'Tender Moment'
Last year I took some photographs of a mother cat interacting with her kittens. I thought the look on her face as she washed this kitten was worth capturing.
This is coloured pencil approx 5 x 6 on Arches watercolour paper.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Missed the Deadline

I've missed my first goal for the year, I didn't make the dealine for Wildlife Artist of the Year.
A couple of unexpected things happened last week which gave me less time for art but I should have started earlier, after all I have known the closing date for entries for the last twelve months.

This is the start of my Snow Leopard, it's mixed media on Arches paper approx 20 x 18 ins. The photograph isn't very good I'll take a better one in daylight tomorrow.I used my own photograph taken at Marwell Zoo a couple of years ago.

I'm sure I'll find something else to enter it in later in the year.