Painting A Picture of Irina The Cat

Last week I decided to paint a picture of my cat Irina. Here is how I created this painting of my little cat from start to finish. In this scene it looks like Irina is running out of the hills along a footpath.

I drew a rough draft copy of Irina on scrap paper.
I drew a rough draft copy of Irina on scrap paper.
I began tracing over the rough sketch so I could transfer this onto the canvas.
I began tracing over the rough sketch so I could transfer this onto the canvas.
I finished tracing the front side of the drawing.
I finished tracing the front side of the drawing.
I  traced on the backside of the tracing paper, so I would be able to transfer the image to the canvas.
I traced on the backside of the tracing paper, so I would be able to transfer the image to the canvas.
I etched over Irina's image on the tracing paper to copy her image on to the canvas board.
I etched over Irina’s image on the tracing paper to copy her image on to the canvas board.
I painted in the sky and Irina.
I painted in the sky and Irina.
I painted in the trees and the grass behind Irina the cat.
I painted in the trees and the grass behind Irina the cat.
The completed painting of Irina the cat.

Finishing The Illustration of Lady Dog

The photos here document finishing up the colored pencil drawing of Lady dog.

Lady dog's body has been colored in with the reddish and white portions of her fur.
Lady dog’s body has been colored in with the reddish and white portions of her fur.
Using sepia, brown, and white to burnish the wood background behind Lady. First, I used the dark brown colored pencil to define the wood grain.
The wood background behind Lady dog was created by burnishing together dark brown, sepia, and white colored pencils.
The wood background behind Lady dog was created by burnishing together dark brown, sepia, and white colored pencils.
I used sienna brown colored pencils to create the tiles Lady dog is lying on.  The grout in between the tiles was created with a chocolate brown colored pencil.
I used sienna brown colored pencils to create the tiles Lady dog is lying on. The grout in between the tiles was created with a chocolate brown colored pencil.
Here is the completed colored pencil drawing of Lady dog.
Here is the completed colored pencil drawing of Lady dog.

W Is For My Finished Waikiki Colored Pencil Drawing

Today the letter W is for my finished Waikiki colored pencil drawing. If you have read my previous blog posts you already know I love to create Hawaiian inspired art, so is it any surprise I drew another picture of Waikiki Beach? This one is based on a photograph I took during an early morning walk along the shores of Waikiki.

 

 

I have finally completed my sketch of Waikiki, and I really like how it turned out.

 

In this video I discuss how I created my sketch of Waikiki Beach, which is based on my early morning photograph. Of course I change up some of the details in my illustration because that make the process more fun.