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Le chat qui rit

Lately I have been wanting to draw and paint a bit more realistically, but I have been stuck on finding subjects. Somehow, nothing really spoke to me, and then it’s so much less fun to work with it. Of course I could experiment with mixing colours¬†a bit more.

Mixing some of my blues with my yellows
Mixing some of my blues with my yellows
Most of the lines are gone and the mixes look like paint
Most of the lines are gone and the mixes look like paint. So many greens!

Yes, fun, but not if that’s all you’re doing.

Today I was looking for a subject to paint, and I found an old photograph of one of the cats I have known. Flupke was a diluted tortie, meaning that she had the tortie colours (black and red), but the pale versions of them (pale grey, orange). Somehow, she even seemed to have a lilac undertone. Very pretty! I decided to give it a shot. My goal was to be realistic, but not get lost in the details.

Initial sketch
Initial sketch

I drew a sketch of her lying down, taking a bath. I sort of eyeballed the shapes and colours, and tried not to make the lines too prominent (they would not disappear in that case when adding water).

First wash
First wash

I took my brush and started painting. I’m most content with her belly, because there you can see that she has fur, but it’s not too much.

Final drawing (for now)
Final drawing (for now)

I added a bit of background and made her smile more. I also tried to fix the upper body a bit, adding shadow and smoothening out the lines.

I’m not sure yet if I will continue working on this sketch or start again. This time I want her to be more fluffy, and I don’t want to mess up her right front paw again.

 

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