My First Cat - Drawing Practice

in artzone •  last month

Today I've managed to finish my very first cat drawing. I did a sketch on the 2nd of March, The Surprised Cat - Drawing Practice March 02, 2019 but that was only a simple sketch.

IMG_20190318_181544a.jpg

I started working on it a week ago but had a busy week, had no time to draw. This is the most complex drawing I've ever done, as I said in my post post here -> The Big Cat - Drawing Practice, the artist in the video says it took him three hours to do the drawing, which means I automatically need more as I'm not an artist and have zero experience or talent.

Materials used:

  • A4 drawing paper, 90 g/m2
  • pencils HB, B2, B3, B6
  • normal black pencil,
  • Faber Castell dust free eraser.

IMG_20190318_155645a.jpg

As I've said before, I don't like cats, I don't have a cat and haven't been around a cat to have a chance to observe it. This way my guidance was the YouTube video posted at the end of this blog.

Using a ruler is not an option for me because I think an artist needs to do freehand drawing and not use a ruler but in this case I had to make an exception in order to obtain some kind of symmetry and even with a ruler, the cat's face is far from being symmetrical. I'm not going to point out where the problems are and don't really bother me as this is a learning curve, a practice and making mistakes is normal.

Auguste Rodin, one of my favorite sculpture was able to draw freehand at the age of 5, with a charcoal on a stolen piece of paper in which his mother brought home the meat from the market and I bet he did an excellent job. Then he was caught by his father, beaten and forbidden to draw. He was a smart and talented kid, he always found a way to create something new, no matter how hard it was.

I'm not Auguste Rodin, I had drawing paper at the age of 5, had a collection of pencils, I was allowed to draw but having no talent at all, here I am, struggling with my first cat :D

The hardest part of the drawing was the fur. You can draw it but you need to do it carefully in order to look real. No wonder I've failed that part. The problem started when the artist didn't say what kind pencils he's going to use, thus I had to improvise and use my limited experience to find the suitable pencils.

IMG_20190318_172317a.jpg

Then it came the part where I had to draw or erase the whiskers. Yes, you're right, the whiskers are white and are made with an eraser. The artist used a brand new pencil with a brand new eraser on it. I don't have one, who would have thought I need one? So what do you do in this case? You improvise of course, but how? Lucky me, i had my Faber Castell dust free eraser of which one end was still new. Lucky me, right? So I did the whiskers somehow.

IMG_20190318_181544a.jpg

The next surprise was when the artist started to use a white gouache to create the reflections in the cat's eyes and to highlight the whiskers. Go ahead and ask me if I have white gouache. No, of course I don't :D So I had to improvise again, make the spaces between the whiskers darker in order to highlight the white whiskers.

I'm lucky because I don't have high aspirations or expectations, I know what I'm capable of and that's why I'm having a lot of fun drawing. It is what it is. It looks like a cat and that's enough for me. Nobody is perfect, not even my cat :D

This drawing is dedicated to my dear friend @roxy-cat, who loves cats and I've promised her a cat drawing. Now I have to draw her a big, hairy musician :D

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

Huge improvement on the surprised/happy cat. I am not knocking the other one in anyway but this is really good. They say practice makes perfect and maybe the next cat one will have something more you have learnt. Good to see you drawing though and just keep at it.

·

Thank you! You can't really compare the two as the other is just a sketch, no fur at all. Yes, I need to practice, my next one will probably be a dog. Thank you for dropping by.

pixresteemer_incognito_angel_mini.png
Congratz, your post has been resteemed and, who knows, will maybe appear in the next edition of the #dailyspotlights (Click on my face if you want to know more about me...)
Check the rules of the Daily Spotlights if you want to nominate someone!
Pixresteemer is also listed as promoter on The Steemians Directory

·

Many thanks pix!

This is quite an impressive diva. Because we are talking about a she. 🐱
Thank you for this cool drawing. I almost forgot about the hairy musician...almost. 😂

·

It's yours my dear 😀🐱🐈

I just knocked over the orchids master.

Posted using Partiko Android

·

Really?

·
·

That's what the cat in your drawing is saying to its owner. This is part of the reason i don't have a cat too many plants to knock over.

Posted using Partiko Android

Wow! Nicely done!

Wow! Nicely done! I'm impressed!

·

Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

He looks very slick and expressive. Excellent job, @erikah. I would never have guessed it's your first try.

·

Thank you very much @trincowski, I'm glad you see it that way ;)

Well done! Ive tried drawing fur a few times but its so difficult. I think ive retired my pencil on that for good!

Posted using Partiko Android

·

Thank you @alixiasteyn, I know how hard it is to draw fur but maybe it gets easier with time. Don't give up.

You got a 10.39% upvote from @ocdb courtesy of @erikah! :)

@ocdb is a non-profit bidbot for whitelisted Steemians, current max bid is 60 SBD and the equivalent amount in STEEM.
Check our website https://thegoodwhales.io/ for the whitelist, queue and delegation info. Join our Discord channel for more information.

If you like what @ocd does, consider voting for ocd-witness through SteemConnect or on the Steemit Witnesses page. :)

·

Thank you for your support.

Hi @erikah!

Your post was upvoted by @steem-ua, new Steem dApp, using UserAuthority for algorithmic post curation!
Your UA account score is currently 4.355 which ranks you at #2492 across all Steem accounts.
Your rank has improved 17 places in the last three days (old rank 2509).

In our last Algorithmic Curation Round, consisting of 182 contributions, your post is ranked at #68.

Evaluation of your UA score:
  • Some people are already following you, keep going!
  • The readers appreciate your great work!
  • You have already shown user engagement, try to improve it further.

Feel free to join our @steem-ua Discord server