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.


  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

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

  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

  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

  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.

  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!

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

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

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

  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!

  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!

  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!

  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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