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.

New Art T-shirt Site

The Irina the cat shirt was drawn on the yellow shirt with fabric markers.
The Irina the cat shirt was drawn on the yellow shirt with fabric markers.

Today I have started a new art t-shirt site called Art Shirt Designs, which will feature shirts with reprints of my artwork and photography. The shirt below was created with fabric markers, and is an example of the type of imagery you can find on the shirts I sell over on Zazzle. This one has an image I drew by hand, but all of my artwork has a vibrant sort of theme. I love to focus on the gentle and bright side of art because that is my thing. Always be you in the world of art, and smile about it. Things such as cats and palm trees motivate and inspire me in my daily life, and I would not have it any other way.

Finishing The Canadian Goose Drawing

Today I finished my Canadian goose colored pencil drawing. I have been working on it slowly as lately I have been busy with other projects.

I colored in the brown feathers on my Canadian goose.
I am beginning to color in the brown feathers on my Canadian goose.
I finished coloring in the primarily brown feathers on the Canadian goose. The neck was black, and there were white feathers on the face and near the tail area.
I finished coloring in the primarily brown feathers on the Canadian goose. The neck was black, and there were white feathers on the face and near the tail area.
I used several different shades of colored pencils to color in the grass.
I used several different shades of colored pencils to color in the grass.
I completed coloring in the blades of grass with several different shades of colored pencils.
I completed coloring in the blades of grass with several different shades of colored pencils.

The video illustrates the inspiration behind my Canadian goose drawing, which is based on a video I created of two geese I spotted back on February 13, 2014.

Drawing A Canadian Goose

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A rough draft drawing of my Canadian goose, which is based on my photograph.
Using the tracing paper to transfer the goose drawing.
Using the tracing paper to transfer the goose drawing.
Continuing to trace the goose.
Continuing to trace the goose.
Finished Tracing The Drawing
The tracing of the goose was rendered on both sides of the paper. The next step was to retrace it on to the final sheet of drawing paper.
The drawing of the Canadian goose on the final paper. Now  it is time to color my illustration in.
The drawing of the Canadian goose on the final paper. Now it is time to color my illustration in.

The video below illustration how the drawing was transmitted using tracing paper.

Wearing The Palm Tree Shirt Decorated With Fabric Markers

In the last post I showed you an upclose image of the palm tree I drew on a green shirt with fabric makers. Now I will share what the shirt looked like when I tried it on for the first time.

I decorated this green shirt by drawing a palm tree on it with fabric markers.
I decorated this green shirt by drawing a palm tree on it with fabric markers.

This video might give you some inspiration on how to decorate a shirt with fabric markers. It is an affordable and crafty way to personalize any shirt.

Drawing A Sunflower And A Dreamcather

I created this sunflower and dreamcatcher drawing with colored pencils.
I created this sunflower and dreamcatcher illustration with colored pencils.

Creating a slightly surreal composition like this one took a lot of energy and thought power. I had to conceptualize how I would have the dreamcatcher hanging out of the sky, and then I used a real world photo as inspiration for my colored pencil drawing.

The photograph that inspired my art.
The photograph that inspired my art.

The photograph that inspired my drawing was a sunflower captured up in the San Bernardino Mountains with Mount Baldy in the distance. The video below details how I created this illustration from start to finish.

Legends say dreamcatchers will catch your bad dreams, and I like to think that. There is something to be said for the power of positive thought, and this is something I choose to live by in my creative process.