I was browsing the blog of artist Katie Turner recently and found this post, featuring a wonderful photo of her studio cat, Tiger. This cat is so gorgeous, with lovely markings, and I was especially drawn to her eyes (I am eye obsessed). So of course, I had to draw her. Or try! 🙂
My first attempt was in graphite pencil (2B) in my 65-lb., mostly smooth Canson sketchbook. I was happy with the eye, but had misaligned some other markings a bit. And I didn’t think the lightweight paper would fare well with too much erasing.
So I tried again in ink, this time in my Strathmore mixed media journal with a Copic 0.1 mm nib. I’ve not finished this drawing, but will probably start over again on Bristol smooth paper. The photo has so much eye detail (making me crave about 100 more just like it, of any animal you please!) and I find myself being drawn to it again and again. I’ve found that the importance of a good photo reference can not be overestimated. I’ve also found that in spite of a good reference, it’s easy to make mistakes. hehe.
I’ve got some barnyard animals planned for the future: cows, horses, rabbits, roosters, and even the odd squirrel and raccoon. Also, more dogs! I hope you make this a day to remember. Meowing in public could go a long way toward brightening a January day. (I’m just checking to see if anyone’s still reading. But meowing in public really is fun!) Peace.