Let’s Draw Cats!

I’ve let summer and work get in the way of art and this blog. In between bike rides, I’ve squeezed in a little art time but certainly not enough. One idea that has been bouncing around in my head is sharing with others how easy it is to have fun and make art.

I’ve had several people ask me to have a class on how to make the little animals that I draw and paint, so I’ve put together some fun techniques for creating cute and crazy cats.

You definitely don’t need to be an artist or have any experience!! The goal of these exercises is to open your mind and see drawing from a new perspective. We aren’t going for hyper realistic drawings or paintings, if you want that you could just take a picture.

To get things started I planned some fun art techniques around cats. We are getting together this Thursday Oct. 12 and next Thursday Oct. 19.  I hope you can join, I think it will be lots of fun!

There are so many fun and unique drawing opportunities I couldn’t fit them in to one session, so there will be other classes utilizing different techniques and animals. (I am thinking dogs, rabbits, horses, and a few other surprises)

Let's Draw Cats

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Mouse Evolution

It started with this little guy. I thought I wanted to make a little Christmas mouse out of wallpaper scraps. I found a pattern I liked and set to tracing, cutting and gluing. He was okay, but in the end I felt like I wanted something a little different.img_20170110_113110

So I started sketching and trying to come up with some kind of caricature. Here are some of the ideas I worked through.

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Once I had a shape that I liked. I started roughly blobbing some ink on the page and after waiting for it to dry, I would draw the mouse. I liked this a lot! (Probably because that is how I did a gazillion dogs and cats.)

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Eventually I ended up with a cute little mouse, that became part of my Christmas cards.

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This little guy is missing his tail!

Moving on from Bunnies & Puppies

Unfortunately, a new job and the holidays have cut into my blogging time. The good news, I have still been doing some art and have been toying around with drawing this cute little guy. The background is layers of gesso and fluid acrylics from Trekell Art Supplies. The outline of his body is with a black stabilo pencil. I am still having fun experimenting with these and I love the effect when you add water.

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I have a Christmas card that this character also appears on. I’ll upload that guy in the next few days.

Inktober Week 2

I’ve been making time to do a small ink sketch every day for the month of October. Here are the results from week 2.

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Quick little sketch before going to sleep. Still in my crosshatching faze.

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Not sure if it is a cat? or mouse? but I thought it was cute.

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I liked this tree, I dropped some ink on the page and then used canned air to move the ink and make branches.

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Practicing with different water soluble pencils. Most of these little guys are not so pretty. Carla Sonheim practice exercise.

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Just a little doodle that started to morph and change, I kept adding to it and in the end I really liked it!

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Practicing with some pencils from Stabilo. They write like a pencil but are water soluble. Very inexpensive too! They write on glass and most surfaces.

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Practicing with water soluble markers and doing an exercise from Carla Sonheim. 

Inktober Week 1

I’ve been making time to do a small ink sketch every day for the month of October. I am currently trying to improve my cross hatching skills. It takes a lot of practice! Here are the sketches from the first week.

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This is the 4th attempt, I like this one the best.

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Used a mushroom picture from google to sketch this.

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Tried doing something more complex, I need much more practice.