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.
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.
Today I finished drawing a picture of Stripey the cat with a San Bernardino Mountains backdrop. The hills behind Stripey cat consists of the 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.
I am almost finished drawing the little black cat, which I created using an HB pencil, a black colored pencil, white colored pencil, yellow colored pencil, and a pink colored pencil. Now I just need to create the background for my cat.
Awhile back I wrote a tutorial and created a video on how to draw a cat on a recycled paper bag. This project was very rewarding for me because it allowed me to recycle something I would have thrown away, and to turn it into a piece of art for my home. Take a look at the video to see how I painted mod podge over the drawing to give it a paint like effect.
Remember the Christmas season of 2010 with the cat t-shirt that I designed that year. This is a great keepsake, and an example of the type of art work I create. I drew this cute little cat for my Christmas card, and now he is gracing this adorable t-shirt.