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The Mount Baldy Painting

Here is the completed painting, which features the view of Mount Baldy from the San Bernardino Mountains.

My oil painting of Mount Baldy. This is the view of this range as seen from the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains.
My oil painting of Mount Baldy. This is the view of this range as seen from the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains.

This video illustrates what the finished oil painting looks like as it is drying.

Transferring The Cat Drawing With Tracing Paper

I used tracing paper to transfer the drawing of the two cats to the canvas.
I used tracing paper to transfer the drawing of the two cats to the canvas.

The video below explains how I used the tracing paper to trace over the drawing of the two cats, and then I used a pencil to go over the back of the traced drawing. The graphite tracing on the back of the paper is necessary for transferring the image to the canvas. In the final step, I taped the tracing paper to the canvas, and I went over the drawing with a terra cotta colored pencil, which demarcates which part of the image I was transferring. The image transferred to the canvas was quite light, so I darkened it up a bit. Tracing paper is conducive to transmitting images to sheets of paper or canvas if you do not want to invest in a light table.

Drawing Stripey Cat Up In The San Bernardino Mountains

A drawing of Stripey cat up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A drawing of Stripey cat up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Today I finished drawing a picture of Stripey the cat with a San Bernardino Mountains backdrop. The hills behind Stripey cat consists of theĀ desert facing side of the mountains, which contain chaparral brush and boulders. There are also some daffodils planted directly behind the cat, which is an ode to spring and how many of these flowers bloom in the San Bernardino Mountains during the months of March and April. I enjoy creating cat art with a Southern California mountain theme since I grew up in this region.

Drawing Stripey Cat
First I drew a picture of Stripey cat with a pencil.
Daffodils were drawn behind Stripey cat.
Daffodils were drawn behind Stripey cat.
The sky was colored in with a light blue colored pencil.
The sky was colored in with a light blue colored pencil.
I used brown colored pencils the shade in the mountains behind Stripey cat. Also, the daffodils were colored in with yellow and green colored pencils.
I used brown colored pencils the shade in the mountains behind Stripey cat. Also, the daffodils were colored in with yellow and green colored pencils.
Here the entire background has been colored in behind Stripey cat. There are also boulders and chaparral bushes in the distance.
Here the entire background has been colored in behind Stripey cat. There are also boulders and chaparral bushes in the distance.
Two different drawing pencils were used to create the fur on Stripey cat.
Two different drawing pencils were used to create the patternĀ on Stripey cat.
The finished Stripey cat drawing is on the clipboard.
The finished Stripey cat drawing is on the clipboard.

Drawing The Gorilla Eating A Banana

The drawing of a gorilla eating bananas is now complete.
The drawing of a gorilla eating bananas is now complete.

Today I finished the drawing of the gorilla eating a banana. A vegan friend on YouTube inspired me to draw this gorilla, and this is the end result.

I started drawing the outline of the gorilla.
I started drawing the outline of the gorilla.
A mouth was drawn on the gorilla.
A mouth was drawn on the gorilla.
Various types of pencils were used to add hair to the gorilla.
Various types of pencils were used to add hair to the gorilla.
More fur has now been added to the arms and lower torso of the gorilla.
The fur was sketched on the arms and lower torso of the gorilla.
The gorilla's fur is almost completely sketched on at this point.
The gorilla’s fur is almost completely sketched on at this point.
Now the gorilla's fur is completely drawn on.
Now the gorilla’s fur is completely drawn on.
Here the gorilla's chest has been colored in. His mouth and the bananas have also been shaded in.
Here the gorilla’s chest has been colored in. His mouth and the bananas have also been shaded in.

This video above illustrates the evolution of the gorilla drawing from start to finish.

 

 

The Heart And Arrow Coloring Page

Adult coloring books are the biggest thing, so I made a simple heart and arrow drawing for you to color.

Heart And Arrow Adult Coloring PageBelow is what my coloring page looked like after I shaded in my illustration with markers and colored pencils.

The Colored In Heart And Arrow

Create An Adult Coloring Page

The Christmas tree coloring page was created with a quarter, dime, and penny.
The Christmas tree coloring page was created with a quarter, dime, and penny.

During Christmas I did not have time to post this project, but the video below illustrates how I created an adult coloring page with loose change. All that was needed for this project was a pencil, a quarter, a dime, a penny, crayons, markers, oil pastels, and paper. Making your own coloring page is a simple and creative art project that people of all ages can enjoy.

Drawing The Stripey Cat

I have finished shading in the fur on my little stripey cat. I have always adore cats with stripes, and this little guy is indicative of this adoration.
I have finished shading in the fur on my little stripey cat. I have always loved cats with stripes, and this little guy is indicative of this adoration.
I first start drawing a picture of my little stripey cat
I first start drawing a picture of my little stripey cat
I used a green colored pencil to color in the eyes on the cat, and pink to shade in his ears.
I used a green colored pencil to color in the eyes on the cat, and pink to shade in his ears.
I am using pencil to add the dark and light stripes to the cat.
I used two different shades of drawing pencils to create the dark and light stripes on my stripey cat.

I have finally completed drawing the fur on my grey stripey cat, so it is time to create a background for my little guy.

Painting Irina The Cat With A San Bernardino Mountain Backdrop

I used oil paints to create an illustration of Irina the cat.
I used oil paints to create an illustration of Irina the cat.

Today I finished painting a picture of Irina the cat with a San Bernardino Mountains backdrop. I decided to place large boulders next to Irina, and the mountains behind her because this is a very iconic Southern California image. Irina has never ventured out near large boulders, but I like to imagine that she has taken nature hikes, just like I did when I drew a picture of her out at the Pinnacles back in August of 2014. Growing up my cats used to love to hike with me on a trail near my house, so I have never been able to stop envisioning domestic cats in nature.

So how did I create the current painting of Irina the cat? First, I created an outline drawing of Irina on the canvas board.

I used a pencil to make the transferred outline drawing of Irina the cat stand out.
I used a pencil to make the transferred outline drawing of Irina the cat stand out.
I used black and grey paints to begin painting in Irina the cat.
I used black and grey paints to begin painting in Irina the cat.
I finished painting in Irina's body and then proceeded to paint in the San Bernardino Mountains behind her.
I finished painting in Irina’s body and then proceeded to paint in the San Bernardino Mountains behind her.
I painted boulders surrounding Irina the cat. She has never been on a hike, but my childhood cats used to go on hikes with me. Thus, I liked to imagine Irina the cat out in nature enjoy the California dream, which for me is about nature.
I painted boulders surrounding Irina the cat. She has never been on a hike, but my childhood cats used to go on nature walks with me. Thus, I enjoy imagining that Irina the cat is basking in the sun and enjoy her California dream, which for me is about nature.
The completed painting of Irina the cat reflect my vision of the California dream.
The completed painting of Irina the cat reflects my vision of the California dream.

Our four legged friends also enjoy spending time in nature, and why not create imagery that reflect the beauty of a feline and Southern California. Irina the cat and nature continue to inspire me every day.