Painting A Picture of Bobby The Cat

The Bobby the cat painting is based on a photograph I took of Bobby the cat sniffing a baby cedar tree.
The Bobby the cat painting is based on a photograph I took of Bobby the cat sniffing a baby cedar tree.

The video shows how the Bobby cat painting evolved from start to finish.

Here I am beginning to paint in the dirt areas around Bobby cat.
Here I have finished painting in the dirt around Irina, and starting painting in the cedar tree trunk.
Here I have finished painting in the dirt around Bobby cat, and I have painted the gray trunk of the baby cedar tree.
Here I have painted in the leaves of the cedar tree next to Bobby the cat.
Here I have painted in the leaves of the cedar tree next to Bobby the cat.
Here I painted in the yellow leaves from an oak tree, which had fallen down next to the baby cedar tree. Also, I painted in the rocks on the ground next to Bobby cat.
The completed painting of Bobby the cat.
The completed painting of Bobby the cat.

The Background For The Panda Bears

Here is the completed panda bear drawing with the mom bear holding her baby.  I added a green bamboo tree background, and a pebble pathway to give this composition more color and interest.
Here is the completed panda bear drawing with the mom bear holding her baby. I added a green bamboo tree background, and a pebble pathway to give this composition more color and interest.

 

Last week I finally completed the panda bear drawing by adding a bamboo tree wall, and a pebble pathway to the illustration.  It is interesting to compare it to the previous post where the pandas were all by themselves.  Some people like simple black and white drawings, but I prefer a bit of color, so adding a vibrant background made this drawing feel more complete.

I drew the bamboo trees behind the two panda bears.
I drew the bamboo trees behind the two panda bears.
I used two different shades of colored pencils to begin coloring in the bamboo trees.
I used two different shades of colored pencils to begin coloring in the bamboo trees.
The bamboo trees have now shaded in.
The bamboo trees have now shaded in.
I used several different of gray colored pencils to create the pebble path the pandas are lounging on.
I used several different of gray colored pencils
to create the pebble path the pandas are lounging on.
The completed panda bear drawing with the bamboo tree wall, and the pebble floor.
The completed panda bear drawing with the bamboo tree wall, and the pebble floor.

I created a video illustrating how I created the background for my mother panda bear and her baby.

Painting A Picture of Irina Running Out of The Woods

I have painted a picture of Irina the cat with oil paint, which is a scene of her running out of the woods. It appears as if the she is mischievous little kitty who is finally coming home. Art can be quite a personal thing, and this composition tells a story about my cat Irina.

I drew a picture of Irina the cat on scratch paper.

Irina is my little black cat with coppery eyes, and she was the inspiration for my latest painting.

I used tracing paper to transfer the drawing of Irina.
I used a pencil to transfer the drawing of Irina onto the canvas.
I painted in the sky behind Irina.
I used several different shades of paint to create the grass and trees behind Irina. Also, several different colors of paint were used to create the hills in the distance.
Irina the cat looks like she is running along the path and out of the woods.

Drawing Lady Dog

I have started a new drawing of Lady dog, who was my companion from 1994 to 2007. She was a stray dog we adopted, and the vet suspected she was about two years old when she came to live with us.

First I drew the outline of Lady dog.
The first step was to draw the  outline of Lady dog.
I used burnt sienna and terra cotta colored pencils to draw on Lady's facial mask.
I used burnt sienna and terra cotta colored pencils to draw on Lady’s facial mask.
I colored in Lady's mask and started adding the red fur to the other parts of her body.
I colored in Lady’s mask and started adding the red fur to the other parts of her body.
I colored in Lady' eyes and will continue adding the reddish fur to her body.
I colored in Lady’ eyes and will continue adding the reddish fur to her body.

E Is For Easel

Today’s post is e is for easel. One way to save money on art supplies is to purchase an easel at a second hand store, like the small one I show off in this video. I have also purchased new packages of colored pencils and acrylic paint sets at thrift stores, so you never know what you might find at yours.