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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Fun

Work has been sucking the fun out of life lately so I haven’t made any art for a few days.

For this post I’ve included two pieces I did awhile back during my cat phase, each image has 20 animals all on the same sheet! It required a little planning and measuring (and starting over again about 3 times) but it was a lot of fun. I think I will do one of these layouts for dogs and bunnies too.

For these little blob animals, I do the watercolor first and after it dries I outline the animal and it acquires its personality.

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Crazy Cats

I love doing blind contour drawings, you almost always get something that will make you smile.

It is so fun to open your eyes to see what is on the paper. This is a blind contour drawing that I did, and after opening my eyes I used my left hand (non dominant) to trace over again a few times in other colors.Then I added a little watercolor marker.

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Give it a try…..find a picture of an animal you want to draw, do some outlines in the air to practice and then close your eyes and draw the outline. Try it a few times, but keep your eyes closed!

After you open your eyes try adding an eye or some other little detail.

Share them with me in the comments here or on my FB page, I would love to see them.

 

 

 

More to life than bunnies

There is more to life than bunnies! The purple blob cat shown below was also inspired  by Carla Sonheim’s blob animals. You can check out her blog here.

This cat is one of three, they were also an “accident” just like some of my other work. I didn’t like how dark the paint was on the block. I felt like if I tried to put a cat on the surface it wouldn’t be visible, so I put a thin layer of white paint on top, smearing and blobbing it on purpose.

I don’t draw the cat but rather use water and inks to create a shape. Once the ink is dry I outline with my trusty Uni Posca black paint marker. It is always fun to see what attitude appears as you put in the last few details. Another example of salvaging something that was “ruined”.

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Teeny tiny cats. These didn’t turn out quite like I wanted. It’s my own fault, I didn’t prime the little canvases with gesso before I put the green paint down. (in a hurry I guess)

So the green paint wouldn’t completely cover the canvas and then I had the same problem with the brown ink and marker. They actually look pretty good in this picture, but not so much in real life. I kept trying to fix them with a brush marker, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to save these little guys. I did try painting over them with another color to start over but there was something weird about the surface of the canvas, so unfortunately they were retired to the trash.

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Bunnies

It all started simply enough, I was looking for something new to try and I wanted it to be easy and not require a lot of materials, so I picked up a new book by  Carla Sonheim “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals“.  How hard could it be to draw some imaginary animals? The only problem is I haven’t made it past the first few exercises!

I spent weeks creating blob animals, filling pages and pages of watercolor paper full of blobs, turning the paper this way and that waiting for the animal to show itself to me. It was so much fun! Rabbits, cats, dragons and lots of imaginary creatures appeared. I even recruited some friends and family to try making blob animals (although for some it was too stressful).

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Imaginary blob animal.

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Then I got to the next exercise of creating blob cats. Or maybe it was one of her mini classes? I’ve spent months on cats, drawing, coloring and even painting them on wood blocks.

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Eyes closed contour drawing.

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Cat on 4 inch wooden block.

For Christmas I decided to make bunnies and give them to friends as cards, so needless to say I’ve spent a lot of evenings in December trying to get enough “good” bunnies to give out.

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Water soluable marker with a little water color pencil.

First they were simple line art, sometimes done with my left hand or my eyes closed.

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Then I started coloring them with watercolor pencil or using brush markers on paint samples.

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I even spent a few days using a gelli plate and created quite a few on deli paper. (what to do with those?)

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I ended up using some as tissue paper in gift bags.

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Gelli Plate bunnie on Deli paper.

I think I still have more bunnies and cats waiting to be drawn. I’ve been trying to do some cows and chickens, so that will be another post.

It is going to take me years to get through this book! But I love it and am looking forward to the next adventure.