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.
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.
Here’s a closer look at the first kitten
I love his expression. He was watching his foster mum as she got his breakfast ready and he was so patient.
You can see from his dishevelled fur that he had just woken up.
So now I can start 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.
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.
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.
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…
…starting an oil piece ‘Her majesty, Queen Amber’ and developing the sketch for a Christmas card for the Haworth Cast rescue organisation.
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!
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)