In which I draw a cat

February 03, 2017
This is my first entry in the Caturday Art  Link up hosted by Athena and her human Marie.

I'm pretty closed about this, but I used to really enjoy drawing and digital painting. I still do, but I don't spend nearly as much time as I used to. Probably for the best, as I'm really, really slow at drawing, and I just didn't have the time to practice my skills and study.

In high school, I wanted to become a concept artist (designing characters and landscapes for movies and video games, etc). I still do, but I also know that I don't have a thick enough skin for art school, and I was afraid if I turned something I enjoyed into a job I would start to hate it.

So that never happened.

I still enjoy drawing and messing around in photoshop, but it's not something I do regularly anymore, although I wish it was... and Caturday Art gave me that little push to try again.

I found a bunch of images of cats on Pexels that I could use as references, and settled on this guy on the left, who I have named Mr Grumplefluff.



I painted him using my Google Nexus 7 2 tablet, in the program Artflow and a Dagi stylus. I took screen shots of my process so I could go back and review what I did, and I think it's cool that it goes from a brown blob to a cat.

    
    


I think this reference was too hard for me to start with, I don't think I've ever drawn anything back lit before like that, and I had a lot of trouble visually evaluated what I saw in the reference, and recreating it in my painting. I could clearly see white and pale orange in the reference, but when I tried to paint it, it just made Mr Grumplefluff look like he was wearing a fur coat.


Adding a shadow helped a lot, not bad for a first try, and not bad for the first thing I'm showing anyone (besides husband) in years. Maybe in 6 months I'll try to draw Mr Gumplefluff again and see if I've improved at all.



14 comments:

  1. I think it's Purrfect! Just keep on showing us, we are sure there's a masterpiece on its way :) Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday :) <3

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  2. I think Mr. Grumplefluff looks very grumplefluffy. Thanks for sharing the process with us :)

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  3. I think you sell yourself short ... this is excellent and I do love Mr. Grumplefluff ... I bet he is really a sweet cat, but hides it to protect himself. Welcome to Caturday Art ... glad you decided to join in :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  4. This is great! Thank you for joining our Caturday Art Blog Hop and welcome :) Hope we see more of your art soon!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  5. I have to say, that for your first piece in ages, this sure has turned out well. Please do show us how it turns out in 6 months or so.
    Purrs,
    Erin

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  6. Mr Grumplefluff is the perfect name for him!!! In the original picture he looks like he's wearing a fur coat ... I did a double-take when I first saw it. So you faithfully painted what you saw! And did it amazingly, I might add. Truly beautiful! And thank you for linking up to the Showcase!

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  7. lovely drawing! I love the eyes--and the name Grumplefluff!
    hairballsandhissyfits.com

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  8. I so admire someone with real artistic talent and you do. Lovely work.

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  9. I love what you did with Mr. Gunmbelfluff :)

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  10. It looks great!!! Doesn't it feel good to get back into something you used to love?

    Thanks for joining in the Pet Blogger Showcase Linky Party!

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  11. Oh wow! That is great! You're very talented. I've done a few paintings of my oldest dog and my cat on canvases and it's really fun--but also really stressful trying to get the shading and everything. I can't imagine trying to do something backlit!

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  12. You did a lovely job! I can't draw for love or money! And I've heard a number of people express that sentiment that if they did it for a living, they were afraid they'd stop loving it.

    Thanks for joining the linky party!

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  13. Thanks for the inspiration to start getting creative again. I picked your post to feature on my Pet Blogger Showcase post. Thanks for joining in the Pet Blogger Showcase!

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