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.