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3 Little kittens

This piece was great fun to do, not least of all because I got to spend the morning with a nest of foster kittens.

I got some great shots of them waking up and slowly revving up their little engines for mischief. I was able to select 3 shots that I thought captured some great expressions and decided on a large format pastel on velour.

3 kits 1
Sketched the outline of the piece on to large sheet of velour using 3 of my reference shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to try and keep from resting my hand on work that I had already completed so I started from the left and completed each kitten as I progressed

Here I’ve started blocking in colour then adding detail with pencils as I work down the kitten’s body.

Started to work from the left most kitten to minimise rubbing on the pastel work already done
Started to work from the left most kitten to minimise rubbing on the pastel work already done

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a closer look at the first kitten

Blocked in the base colours first , then worked into them with the detail layers
Blocked in the base colours first , then worked into them with the detail layers
For this piece I worked slightly differently and worked the base colours then the details in bands down the body as I progressed
For this piece I worked slightly differently and worked the base colours then the details in bands down the body as I progressed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love his expression.  He was watching his foster mum as she got his breakfast ready and he was so patient.

So this is the first kitten almost complete
So this is the first kitten almost complete

You can see from his dishevelled fur that he had just woken up.

So now I can start on the second kitten

Starting on the second kitten
Starting on the second kitten

 

 

 

 

 

Again I use the same technique of blocking in base colours with soft stick pastels, then working into the underlayer with layers of cross hatched fur.  The important thing here is to always work in the direction of the fur growth.

Second kitten completed
Second kitten completed

Finally its the turn of the little yawning kitten who looks like she’s singing for her breakfast.

This was a great little project to do and when you start piecing together a bunch of reference images there are so many possibilities.

 

Here’s the finished piece.

finished

Lastly a couple of shots showing the head detail for the second kitten and a little cameo piece that I isolated using Photodhop from the final print shot of the piece.

Head detail for the second kitten
Head detail for the second kitten
First kitten isolated in photoshop to make a great little cameo
First kitten isolated in photoshop to make a great little cameo

Drawing in the strangest places…

Well one of them was strange..

My sister-in-law had the last of her hand operations on Wednesday and I took her to the hospital.  Those of you who have ever experienced this will know that it involves a lot of waiting around, not least of all while the patient is in surgery.  So it was rude not to take my work with me…

There was I sitting in the plastic surgery unit with William; the lighting was fantastic and I made lots of progress!

Today we are with some great friends at their beautiful home which they have re-developed.  John  is in his element doing a photo-shoot and I have had a wonderful relaxing afternoon drinking wine, catching up and putting the finishing touches to William.

Have a look at the results here…

Next time…

…starting an oil piece ‘Her majesty, Queen Amber’  and developing the sketch for a Christmas card for the Haworth Cast rescue organisation.

Jilly

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Progress with William

Here’s a quick update of progress with William…

You can see from the gallery that I’ve got to the first level of detail on the second image.  Once I’ve finished the third image I will add more detail to the whole picture and the final tweaks of contrast.

Hopefully we will have a finished piece by the end of the week!

Jilly

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Starting over again…

Well not quite….

Apologies if you’ve been following my blog and have wondered where it disappeared to over the last few days.  The answer is “I have no idea”!!!

It’s extremely annoying, but I lost the entire thing and couldn’t log in.

Anyway after some technical jiggery pokery I’m back.

The last couple of blogs have been following my latest commission – William, a cheeky little bengal kitten with a big personality.

To remind you of where I’m at with this take a look at the gallery here.  Click on any image to enlarge and then hover over the left or right-hand side to move forwards or backwards:

Hope you enjoy the recap.  I will update the gallery software when I have more time.

There will be more to come on William later this week.

Watch out for the post about my recent Vic Bearcroft tuition experience.

See you soon

Jilly

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What people want…

I use RedBubble to showcase my work and I find it’s a great help in understanding what people like and what they dislike.  I loved drawing Henry (in the basket) because of the detail in his fur and in the wicker.  I also loved the kittens shown in this picture, mainly because I liked the way they were interacting and the backlit fur. 
Of the two I would have said that Henry would have had the most interest shown in it, but on Red Bubble the opposite is true.  People have gone mad for the kittens, maybe it’s the cuteness factor? 
I took the liberty of adding the edge of that blue blanket which has the effect of strengthening the blue eyes of the ‘washing’ kitten.  I can feel a whole series coming on now ;0)