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.

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.

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 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.

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 pattern on Stripey cat.
The finished Stripey cat drawing is on the clipboard.
The finished Stripey cat drawing is on the clipboard.

Making A Halloween Cat Pop-Up Card

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A Halloween cat pop-up card is a festive handmade greeting to make.  In this post you can see how I drew the background and the cat for my spooky pop-up card.

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Now the card is divided into a quarter fold card.  The next step is to cut a slit where the pop-up will go on the card.  Then I fold the pop-up portion of the card out. This way it will “pop-out” when I open the card, and fold back down when it is closed. My next step is to draw the wall where the cat is going to sit.  After that, I ketch in the moon above the cat. The cat was drawn on a envelope I was going to just throw away, which demonstrates how I recycled when creating this cute cat card.

I colored the cat in with a black colored pencil, and I made his eyes are yellow because these glow in the dark for Halloween.  Once I have finished coloring the cat, I cut out the feline shape for the pop-up card. I sketched out the text of “Halloween Black Cat” for the card, and shade in the yellow text and the pale moon. I used a dark blue colored pencil to create a mid-night colored sky, which will be the background for my Halloween cat.  Once I have finished coloring in the sky that will be behind the cat in the pop-up card scene, I begin coloring in the gray brick wall that the cat will sit on.  After I finished coloring in the gray brick wall, I glued the black cat to the pop-up portion of the card. The front of the card I designed with yellow “Happy Halloween” text, and a black background.

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