Baron von Small Mittens

February 23, 2017
This week's portrait of Reggie was a late night lark, but I'm rather proud of the results.  

Husband was away last week and I'd been sending him photos of Reggie being cute a couple times a day. As it was his last night away, I decided to do something a little special. Reggie's full name is Reginald Baron von Small Mittens, and I'd seen various pictures throughout the internet of cats being drawn in period costume (like these excellent kitties) and I thought it was both a very cute and regal way of portraying our noble feline friends.

I started by searching for an image on Creative Commons that I could use without any copyright infringement. I chose this Portrait of General Valerian Madatov by George Dawe from the Military Gallery, 1820. based on the composition rather than who it was.

I lookeed for a good photo of Reggie where he had a sideways or 3/4 view and using Photoshop Elements 2 (that is not a typo)  I transplanted my little cat Reggie's face on to the General's uniform, and tweaked the colors to fit those of the painting better. 

The result was pretty funny, but it didn't look very cohesive - it was clearly a photo poorly photoshopped onto a painting. I wanted to tie it all together and mask the differences in media type with a filter I could apply across the whole picture, maybe something to make the photo look more like the painting.

Nothing I had in my ancient version of Photoshop really did the trick and I looked through some in-browser online programs but nothing really caught my eye. I've heard a lot about this new app by Prisma, who I'd always associated with fancy (and expensive) art markers, and downloaded it onto my tablet. I applied the 'breakfast' filter and viola!

I went back later and made the hand into a white paw, reran it through the prisma filter and ended with the image at the top of the page of Reginald, Baron von Small Mittens.

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PS. Until February 26, 2017 Creative Markets is giving away some very cut cat design elements - a seamless background featuring cartoon kitties, and each cat as it's own picture for you to use in your art or blog.


  1. Reginald Baron von Small Mittens is a great name for a cat, and now he has a portrait to match--very cool! Thanks for sharing how you did it too :)

  2. Amazing! Thanks for explaining how you created this masterpiece and for your lovely comment on my blog :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  3. WOW - that is stunning. It is so authentic looking too, except it's a cat's head on a human body. GREAT JOB!

  4. Whoa! That came great!! Very seamless.

  5. Wow, what you have achieved is wonderful, and Reginald looks wonderful in uniform. You've got to admire a well turned out cat. Purrs, Erin

  6. Great job! And thanks for sharing how you did it. We're going to check out your suggestions. And THANK YOU for the kitty link. Love, P & P

  7. Reggie, you look so regal. Looks like a bit of work, but it was sure worth it. Will check out your tips. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This came out perfectly. You selected exactly the right filter to pull this altogether. Thanks for sharing it with all our hoppers. Hope you try this again. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  9. That is a lovely pawtrait of Reginald Baron von Small Mittens.


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