Commission Cat Portrait
My commission cat portrait is coming along. I have been working on it daily. There are two cats in it. They’ve progressed to the point where they’re starting to look like cats instead of just outlines of cats.
I’m in the process of doing the final shading on the fur. The cats are both longhairs. I’m taking my time to get the fur right. I’ve spent a lot of time scouring the web for more photos of similar cats for additional reference material.
It took me a while to get going on this piece. Planning a composition can be one of the hardest things to do, especially in an image like this that didn’t just pop into my head fully formed (sometimes I get lucky and that happens).
I didn’t have a specific photo of both cats to work from. That meant that I had to make up my own pose. Unfortunately I didn’t find any single image on the internet that I could use for a pose, either. I ended up creating something that borrows from several different photos.
Mostly I wanted the pose to be somewhat dynamic and interesting. That can be hard in something that’s basically a portrait and almost by definition static. I haven’t had time to do a work-in-progress scan of the piece but I think I came up with something that will work.
I’ve also roughed in some of the background elements. When I’m using colored pencil I usually work front to back, so I’ll finish the two cats before I do the rest.
It’s hard to believe that the mail-in deadline for my first show of 2015 is rapidly approaching. That will be Arisia in Boston, Massachusetts.
I am really working hard to get some new work done and will continue to do so through 2015. I would like to get to the point where I have a high percentage of fresh art on my panels each year.