The other day I created an art piece on a red tabby British shorthair cat stealing a sugar mouse from an old sweet shop. This meant something to me in particular, as I have always loved cats and sweet shops (still have a sweet tooth or what my parents say, looking for a sugar rush, today). My favourite sweet of all time was the sugar mouse : a boiled fondant sweet in the shape of a mouse with an added string tail.
It seemed only logical that one day I should do an art piece on a cat ‘catching’ a sugar mouse. This idea sat around for ages on my hypothetical to do list and went through many variations : from fantasy coloured Siamese chasing living ones in a witches shop to random pets with a confectionary mouse ‘caught’. Finally I decided on this composition.
This picture I am happy to have done. I have successfully portrayed the loving breed and colour (I was going from a picture of a champion cats coat, so it is more vibrant). I think the colours on the page do not compliment each other well though. I found the cat’s colour very difficult as the fine liner bled into the picture leaving it greyed so I had to scratch the paper to start again. If I was to do it again I would do the fine liner last.
Previously this month, I created a lovebird art style challenge. For those of you who haven’t seen that post or doesn’t know what an art style challenge is, it is a challenge where you draw a character in your style and a few other people’s styles. I decided to do it one more time but on a breed of cat called a Maine coon.
The Maine coon is the largest domestic cat and ironically one of the easiest first time cats and friendliest around. She is a land race cat of Maine, USA and supposedly came about when cats brought over by boat previously belonging to Marie Antoinette, were shipped over to America to escape her execution. She was executed but her cats reached America and bred with the feral population to create it. There are many people who believe this and many who don’t but it’s still better than the myth who says they are half cat, half raccoon! I love this breed and I am hoping to get one in five years when I move, or potentially their hypoallergenic relative, the Siberian forest cat.
In order from left to right the styles are: Tim Burton, Five nights at Freddy’s (slightly fuzzier due to longer hair), realistic (my style), Tom and Jerry and Disney.
Overall I am happy with the colour pattern, Calico (aka. tortoiseshell and white), being quite accurate and their designs fitting the styles. I could improve on the shading of the fur. If I was to do it again I would make sure the line art is more smooth and single.
There is an art challenge going around where you take your own style and character or animal and turn it into what another company’s , brand’s or someone else’s art style is. The common rule is you need your own style in there and that they are all the same character and colour.
In my picture I have done eight styles. The middle is from Five nights at Freddy’s, bottom is my own style (realistic), top left is Tim Burton, top right is angry birds, middle left is Disney, middle right is Looney Tunes, bottom left is Cuphead and the bottom right is from Bendy and the ink machine. I have done my character as a standard coloured rosy faced lovebird and named her Willow, my favourite name.
I am happy with how I accurately depicted each style and colour. I am unhappy with how some of the line work is. If I was to do it again I would be more careful with the outline and make my style more central.
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!