Happy New Year, everyone!
Starting the year off with a challenging 3/4 view of a friend’s Tonkinese boy kitty, Toru. He’s a youngster with beautiful markings. It was much tougher than I thought it’d be to get his proportions right, and I wound up taking help from a ruler to get the features placed. It took about 2.5 hours just to get this sketch down (because I first tried without the ruler and did lots of erasing, lol). This was done with a standard 2B graphite pencil in my Strathmore mixed media journal.
I’m finding animals challenging, but cats in particular. Dogs seem to be easier, and not sure why, as I’ve owned cats most of my life. I love the soulful eyes of a dog. I could probably draw eyes of all kinds forever and never tire of it, and dog eyes are probably my favorite.
EDIT: Speaking of drawing animals, I can suggest a book that helped me out a lot. It’s called “The Artist’s Guide to Drawing Animals: How to Draw Cats, Dogs, and other Favorite Pets” by J. C. Amberlyn. I’ve read other books by this author too, and she’s really a terrific artist and teacher. She devotes a chapter to each animal and breaks them down feature by feature, which I really found helpful. Here is an Amazon link to it, and my library had the book as well, so that may be an option too!
I’d love to eventually paint Toru in watercolor. His fur contains lovely shades of brown and his eyes are the most beautiful crystal blue you’ve ever seen. He’s a doll! Actually, not sure how I’d mix the blue in his eyes!
Wishing everyone a peaceful, happy and healthy 2016! Thanks for all of your visits and support!