Neko Atsume is a Japanese mobile game in which the aim is to collect multiple cats using food and items put outside your home. Some of these cats classify as rare cats and only appear with a certain item or two. Sapphire is a rare cat that appears with the fairy tale parasol or the tower of treats. She is always shown with her supposed butler Jeeves but he has been left out of this drawing.
Sapphire is my favourite Neko Atsume cat and is of one of my favourite cat breeds the classic Siamese. So naturally I just had to try and do a realistic drawing of her. I have been into cats for a while now but have not had much inspiration for art for a while until yesterday.
The pencils I used were Fabercastell Polychromos and Derwent studio coloured pencils.
Unfortunately the pencil lines are either washed out or too sharp in this picture and the colours dulling out due to scanning. But overall I am happy with the detail I put in the face and the mostly realistic feel. If i was to do this again I would have made her paws and tail smoother and clearer and used a darker pencil so it would scan better.
Before January this year, I had a Budgie named Bailey. He was drawn before in one of my old posts and is the inspiration for my account’s name. He was very important to me even though he was average in many ways and it devastated me when he died this January.
The art piece below is inspired on Bailey being in some sort of paradise setting, possibly the infamous “rainbow bridge” but without the bridge.
The art piece itself is based on the background of a real photograph I found on Pinterest and is just simplified down, the budgie is based on my old pet but with a gender swap.
Overall I was very happy with the end result as it included a wide range of bright vivid colours and the bird was drawn quite accurately. If I was to do the piece again I would mess around with the barring on his most predominant wing as it looks to be too small and numerous compared to real bird feathers.
I have mentioned before how I loved Pokemon, my favourites being the eeveelutions. My favourite eeveelution: Sylveon.
The eeveelutions have always been a mixture of different animals, most notably foxes, cats, dogs and rabbits. The most common realistic protrayal being foxes, then cats and rarely dogs. But few see the eeveelutions as rabbits due to their long legs. But then again they don’t have long muzzles and their only fox feature is the tail on Eevee. I however, have always seen Sylveon as a better rabbit than cat or fox.
This is why I attempted to draw a realistic sylveon rabbit in coloured pencil.
I used the base of a old English rabbit and turned the feelers into fur. It didn’t look that great as I’m not that great at shading white fur yet. I did not like the picture that much.
I attempted another Sylveon rabbit the other day. I tried a more cutesy rabbit from a picture of a cream bunny in a field of daffodils. I replaced the colour to Sylveon’s colour pallette and added the fur ribbons. I changed the daffodils to gracidea, a flower from the Pokemon universe. I achieved the grass by doing the light blades of grass first in Sap green then weaving in and out of it with veridian green for the shadow. Things to be improved include: making the grass shadow all one shade and the bunny looking less cartoony.
Overall, I love the second attempt more.
Recently, my step mum has been getting into folk art. She loves the idea of being able to paint things in a stylized/simple manner (good for her very short times off work) and being able to depict real life memories and events easily.
This had inspired me to try a bit of folk art myself. I wanted to use some of the techniques off of the fairy watercolour book I got years ago : “Watercolor Fairy Art: How to Bring Your Fairy Realm Art to Life” and I never really found the right picture to use my beloved style of art in until now.
I decided to make a fantasy rabbit framed by some pink foxgloves (something I learnt from the book I mentioned before). Although simple, I think that the rabbit shape and simple foxgloves correctly reflect folk art while still being recognizable. Therefore the design, in my mind, is a success. That and the fantasy wash of the background.
There are still some mistakes but thankfully they are hard to recognize. They are mostly just slight ripping of the paper and the paper not staying flat.
I was actually quite lucky it turned out how was; The grass was originally individual strands (I was attempting something from the book) but it looked awful on a wide scale (the way I was doing it). Thankfully, when I washed over it in more paint it blended it and looked a little more reasonable. To give it a more fantasy effect I spattered some viridian green and dabbed a paintbrush into the wet paint with clean water for the patchy effect (this was also done on the sky).
I still have much too learn about folk art but I am glad my first attempt was good enough for the blog!
The Hyacinth macaw is the largest parrot in the world and these big beauties have a large toothless beak that can break open the hardest nuts in the world (even a coconut). Unfortunately these friendly macaws are vulnerable and expensive to buy because of it but that has not stopped it from being one of my favourite animals.
What I loved about them is their gentle personality, deep cobalt blue feathers and regal appearance. The first picture I did tried to link them to the hyacinth plant.
This first picture has the beautiful bird out in the garden, a patch of pink hyacinths in the background and a binky ball toy next to the bird. It was not one of my best pictures but I am happy with how I captured the bird and the background was slightly better than my nesting Blue throated macaws in my opinion. If I was to improve it I would of had the bird play with the toy and maybe more dark greens to get away from the bright dreamy feel of the background.
This is my second attempt at the bird. This time I tried to base the background from a previous picture in a book I looked at. I love this picture more as the bird is bigger on the page and is excited (shown by the raised feathers on the head). If I was to do it again I would have used a pastel to achieve the background as the black was quite grainy on the paper.
The blue Indian peacock have captivated people for centuries. In his native country he is the steed of the God of war, kartikeya (to the worshipers of Shiva) and he is known as mayura in sanskrit, meaning “killer of snakes”.
It is not only India who has fabled the peacock as Westerns commonly used it in their design of the phoenix, the Chinese the Fenghuang’s tail. But Ancient Greeks linked the whole bird to the goddess Hera. In their version of the peacock’s origin, it was from her servant Argus (who was a many eyed cyclops), that the peacock had eyes on it’s train.
It happened through her trying to protect a cow from Zeus by having Argus watch the beast. But Zeus wanted her (like he did with many woman, much to his wife’s dislike) and Gods like him normally got what they wanted in those tales. He got to her by ordering Hermes to slay Argus, on which he succeeded with a stone and the dead giant’s eyes were then placed onto the peacock’s train by Hera. Thus that’s how they interpreted the peacock strange eye spots.
In my free time at College, I did my own peacock watercolour. I tried to get away from a blue sky as the head would not have stood out that much, so I did a bright sunny gold sky (the suns rays through the foliage).
I was happy about this picture as it looked like a peacock and although it was my first time with a peacock train, it wasn’t too bad. If I was to do it again I would have done the train better and with shadow and would have had less green at the bottom of the page so it would stand out more. there was a minor mistake with this picture and it was that the blue smudged into the white paper and when I tried to cover it with paint it ripped the surface a little.
I tackled the eyes of the tail by first mapping them out with the blue centre. Then filling in the pale pink of it and then circling the whole eye spots in bright green than dark. I feathered them bright green, than the whole train turquoise before finally adding the dark green feathers.
Birds of paradise have fascinated people for centuries. The birds were originally thought to have come from actual paradise. This was because the westerns got the bird skins with no feet or wings. As they never saw a real living bird; they asked the traders why they had no feet or wings, But they got the birds from another place so they themselves never saw the real birds and so they came up with at tale that dragon believing westerns would believe for many years: that they floated in paradise sipping dew from clouds. This is why they were called bird of paradise.
I had spare time after finishing my final major project at college a few days ago, so I thought I would pass the time doing a watercolour. My Nan’s favourite bird of paradise came to mind and that was the Blue bird of paradise I drew below.
I was quite happy with the blending of the tail plumes but unfortunately there were a few mistakes too. The biggest mistake was the peeling of paper around the eye and chin, this was due to me overworking that area. In the future I need to learn to leave those areas alone and to use masking fluid to keep areas white (like the eye ring on the female).