I painted my parent’s cute little dog this week. He is a Morkie, a Maltese and Yorkshire terrier mix. I lightly sketched his placement on the paper and was surprised at how quickly the painting came together.
I took a few pictures as I was painting and I could see the pup coming to life on the paper. I thought it would be fun to share the process with you in this post.
The eyes are painted first and then a few spots of color here and there to clearly define the overall shape so that I don’t get lost while painting.
Then adding more paint to define the face and ears while trying not to over do it.
Continuing on with more definition and finally some background color using Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue (one of my favorite colors!). Below is the finished painting on Canson Watercolor paper.
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Looking back, it has been a while since I painted cats. I decided to give it a try again this weekend.
“Sweet Kitty” I painted in February 2017 (#301 in my 5×8 inch watercolor sketchbook)
Today I painted, “Gray & White Kitty” (#385 on 8×10 inch Fabriano Watercolor paper)
I am not sure how much I have improved painting cats since February but hopefully things are getting better. One thing for sure is that the big colorful cat eyes are a lot of fun to paint!
To start, I sketch the eyes first, their placement and size is key. Then just a light sketch of the rest of the body. I paint the eyes first and then move out from there. The rigger and liner brush were used quite a bit on this painting.
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Color mixing light gray – I used a mix of cobalt blue and burnt sienna light.
Color mixing dark gray/black – I used a mix of indigo and burnt sienna light.
For a lighter shade, just add a drop or two of water to your puddle of color on your palette.
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