Working On The Cat Drawing As Inspiration Comes

The stripey cat is at Joshua Tree, but I am taking my time with this colored pencil drawing. There is no rush, and I am letting the creative process take me on a journey.

I used to think I needed to be super prolific when it came to producing drawings, but I realized that is not my style. I really am excited about how my cat illustration is evolving, so I am in no rush to finish it by a certain “deadline”. I just take the colored pencils and let my creativity go where it may.

Coloring In The Drawing of Stripey Cat At Joshua Tree

Today I started coloring in my drawing of Stripey cat at Joshua Tree.

Coloring in the background for the drawing of Stripey cat at Joshua Tree.

Today I am coloring in the background for Stripey cat at Joshua Tree. The first step consisted of shading in the mountains, boulders, and chaparral. Now it is time to color in the focal Joshua Tree and Stripey cat herself.

This speed coloring video is a continuation of adding coloring to the Joshua Tree cat illustration. Watch the video to see how the project is evolving thus far.

Drawing of Irina The Cat With The View of Mount Baldy

The colored pencil drawing of Irina the cat in the San Bernardino Mountains with the view of Mount Baldy is now complete.
Here I started drawing the trees on the mountains behind Irina the cat.

The background behind Irina is the San Bernardino Mountains with the view of Mount Baldy in the distance. Several different mountain ranges are connected via passes here in Southern California, which are visible at different locations when up in the mountains. Thus, a person can see the top of Mount Baldy when on the desert facing side of the San Bernardino Mountains.

I added more trees to the ridge closest to Irina the cat.
Another view of the cat drawing with more trees being sketched in.
I finally finished drawing in the trees on the mountains directly behind Irina, and Mount Baldy in the distance.
I used the aqua blue Prismacolor pencil to shade in the sky behind Irina the cat.

Sometimes I like to share my art progress on Instagram, as I did here when I started coloring in the trees on the ridge closest to Irina, which is located in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The video illustrates how the drawing of Irina the cat in the San Bernardino Mountains evolved from start to finish.

Focusing More On Art

Last night I continued to work more on the cat drawing, and I have decided I want Irina the cat to have a San Bernardino Mountains background. I am not posting a picture until I am done with the project, and I am reapproaching how I view my own art.

I like to work on things at my own pace, so I there is no deadline for when this drawing must be completed. Also, I want to focus on my art as much as possible and filter out things that detract from this goal.

At the moment selling my art to a wider audience who enjoys it is my new focus, and helping my family financially and with love is all I care about. I am practicing the art of learning to ignore extraneous things and honing in on my goals. I know we are not supposed to talk about our plans for the future, but why not? I like contemplating the direction my life and art is going, and for me, it is focusing on art with nature and animal themes.

Coloring In The Shamrock Illustration


Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day, so it is time for another shamrock art post. Today I finished coloring in the shamrock illustration I creating for my new coloring sheet website.

I used green crayons to shade in the shamrock collage.
I drew a shamrock to use as a template for making the collage.
I created a circular shape to the collage by tracing around the shamrock template.
Here I finished filling the page with the shamrock collage design.
I used a sharpie to outline the shamrocks in the illustration.
The collage was ready to color in once I finished outlining all the shamrocks with a sharpie.
I used several different shades of green crayons to shade in the shamrock collage.

People always think of crayons as something kids use for their coloring books, but adults can also use crayons for coloring and art projects. The textures achieved with the waxy residue of the crayons are interesting, and a slightly messier medium than colored pencils, but far more contained the oil pastels.

I used baby oil to blend together the layers of crayons and make these a bit smoother.

In the video the shamrock illustration is colored from start to finish.




Starting A New Cat Drawing

I am starting a new drawing of Irina the cat.
I first start color in the ears and head of Irina the cat.
I used a black colored pencil and a drawing pencil to draw the fur on Irina. Her eyes are a bright yellow hue.
Irina the cat is the muse for this drawing.
Using a new Cretacolor Monolith pencil to add more fur detail to Irina the cat.

For this drawing of Irina the cat I am using a mixture of black colored pencils, charcoal pencils, and some new Cretacolor Monolith pencils. I just switch back and forth between different pencils as inspiration allows.

The video shows the beginning of the new Irina the cat drawing.

Making A Valentine Heart Birthday Card

I made a heart Valentine birthday card for my sister.
I used a red metallic colored pencil to draw a heart on a 4 by 6 inch of paper.
I used a metallic gold colored pencil to color in the background behind the heart. The gold colored pencil was also used to shade a frame on the quarter fold card  the drawing was glued to.

I used metallic colored pencils to draw and color the heart illustration for a lustrous shine. Mod podge was used to apply the drawing to the quarter fold card, and add a glittery sheen. Handmade cards are a thoughtful way to wish people a happy Valentine birthday.

The video illustrates how I made the heart card from start to finish.

Drawing A Ghost House In Death Valley

A colored pencil drawing of a ghost house drawing in Death Valley.

On a camping trip to Death Valley and I took some pictures of a ghost town back in 1993. We used to stay near this deserted village, and bats would fly out of the mining caves and fill the night sky. This would be a spooky place to camp during Halloween. One morning I captured an image of the ghost town, which is the inspiration for this drawing.

A simple drawing of a ghost house located in Death Valley.
More chaparral and boulders were added to the desert landscape.
The hills behind the ghost house were colored in with terracotta and dark brown colored pencils.
The hills and the chapparal in the background have been colored in.
The ghost house was colored in with chocolate brown, black and white colored pencils to create highlights.

Chaparral, flowers, and boulders were colored in around the ghost house, which looks a bit spooky eerie in this semi-arid landscape.