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How to Draw Cat Portraits

teacher avatar Ray Hofstedt, Keep That Pencil Moving

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9 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Cat Drawing Class intro

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. Adjust Photo on Phone App

    • 4. Tracing Portrait with Projector

    • 5. Pastel Drawing

    • 6. Shredder and the Preying Mantis - Grid Method

    • 7. Charcoal Pencil Demo

    • 8. Watercolor & Ink Wash

    • 9. Draw a Cartoon Ninja Cat - Color pencil

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About This Class


In this course, we'll cover drawing and sketching cats. Mostly the pictures come from our phones :) We'll work mainly in pastel and charcoal on paper. I'll touch on a little bit of ink and watercolor wash too.

  • In the cat portrait drawing class you will learn how to:

    • Choose art supplies
    • Compose and crop photo references of our feline friends.
    • Use a projector or grid to achieve an accurate rough sketch of your subject
    • Use phone app for adjusting reference images.
    • Add tone, color, and detail into your drawing.
    • Pastel, charcoal, watercolor, and color pencil drawing demonstrations.

These drawing tips introduce you to fun and easy ways to draw a cat portrait.

This approach to drawing will help you create art that captures the character and personality of these amazing and love-able companions.

Let's draw some cats.

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Ray Hofstedt

Keep That Pencil Moving


I think there's an artist and adventurer inside each one of us. Everything starts with an idea. Nurturing your quick drawing skills can help visualize those ideas and share with the people (and pets) that matter to you. 

Now a bit of my Story

Love to draw cartoons and caricatures. My dad "Huf" drew caricatures, portraits and cut silhouettes at Disneyland when I was a kid. I learned the art of cartooning from him and the artists he worked with. A great big thanks to Dad's good friend, the late Lee Harvin who gave me my first break at the Knott's Berry Farm Cartoon Wagon.

I drew caricatures for years at theme parks in California. Met my wife Stella at Magic Mountain 30 years ago.

I worked as an effects artist at Disney for nine years. Pencil a... See full profile

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1. Cat Drawing Class intro: Welcome to the cat drawing class. How to draw Cat Portrait's in pastel charcoal and we'll do a little bit of water colored to miss class. I'll show you some of the tools that I use for doing my pet portrait. It's a little workspace set up. Cover some Tracy and how I use a projector and using full naps for composing and cropping before. So let's get started. Let's draw some cats. 2. Art Supplies: art materials will be using include a drawing pad. This is an all purpose sketch pad. It's got a smooth surface with just enough tooth that holds the pastel really well. Or it's good for water color, too. Using HB pencil most of the time, just the general medium to soft pencils. Used kneaded erasers. These air good for picking up material and creating highlights. It doesn't shred the paper. It's a good clean up racer pastels. We use our blick art materials. They're soft. Good color blends really well. Use a smudge stick. It's a dense paper roll used to be blending. The pastel come like a paint brush. You could really blend color and smooth out the areas, and they use paper towels or napkins for blending background. I like using that to really smooth out the surface in the back. On the water color video, I used some of this Grumbach er watercolor comes in the tube and really only used the black . And then I use some white acrylic. So this white acrylic this came from Michael's actually a soft breast, and I use a water brush as well. You can add water to the tube there has a fresh squeeze and then you squeeze the tube, water comes out. You can use that to wash, to love these for doing the ink washed up regular colored pencils, and that's about it for the materials we use in this class. 3. Adjust Photo on Phone App: we'll show you how I adjusted the photo so I can get a better look at the shapes. I'm just using the iPhone picture. So you touch edit and you touch the little, uh, dial down here. That's for light adjustment. And I just switched it up. So it's lighter. Now. I concede a little more definition around the eyes for reference. Click then and I'm good to go so I could zoom in and use this photo for reference to fine tune my drawing. You get a good, good shot of the eye for detail because now we're just gonna go in and draw. 4. Tracing Portrait with Projector: in this video, we're gonna do the portrait of Lily the cat in pastel on 18 by 24 inch paper as she sent a couple of photos. This one shows some of the color a little better, and this one shows the fair. This Suppose I'm going to use the fur's really nice hair at an expression sort of ah wise and the wisdom of the cat expression. And let's get this sketched out in pencil first and then will document how we paying it with pastel. I'm gonna go ahead and used projector to get a good pencil sketch. So we catch all the proportions and I'm just using, you know, like the Windows Photo viewer, and you can actually go to full screen right here. You know, some people would call it cheating. I don't call it cheating. I say you're drawing with accuracy because this is somebody's pet, and we want to make sure we get a good likeness of all the shapes. And then the actual drawing and illustration and painting comes in after, so you want a frame it with a good outline, get all the proportions correct, and then we go in with the detail where you're drawing comes into play, have got the image set up on the laptop and that we have the projector points over here, and it the images a little squished. So we need to work on the settings of the projector to make sure I don't get a squished image. Otherwise, my drawings gonna look square because we want it to be like the photo and not squished. So I put my drawing board on a regular easel like French easel. So let's see moving closer so we can kind of frame the the actual eight or 18 by 24 sketch pad that I missed the settings on the projector to get the right picture aspect. Reach you. Let's try this one. That looks a little better. So that's what we want. Now we gotta move the projector a little closer so we can frame for actually little farther back. I had that backwards. You gotta go farther back, which enlarges the the photo, and then you adjust the projector to go down. We can also raise the art board a little, because that will be about the right size. Maybe a little bigger. First, we'll see from reason. You do what? Your composition you want a little bit of space. We'll adjust left to right in a sec. Come pretty good here. And I think that works pretty well. It's kind of a dark photo will work with the adjustments on that later. What we can now start tracing the basic outweighing. So go ahead and use this Mr Regulars pencil. This is actually a HB So it's not super hard and not super soft. And I'm just gonna block in all the all the major shapes and just lightly sketch all the things that make Lily's face here and when you trace it off a projector in order to see you can't stand here and do because if you can't see you got you have to kind of stay out of the way, catch the shapes and you can see can't see her I that well, but I can see enough where I could find this line and contour and come down, get the basic shape the same with this side, the animal. You know, we'll use our or during skills later to really dial in the details and we got pretend we have the rest of the year there. Sometimes when you get a photo from people you know, they get bigger chopped, so you want to be able to go ahead and fill in the blanks. And maybe you have another picture of the cat that you can use for reference, so you couldn't get the correct shapes. Now, at this part, let's be a little more deliberate with the ends. Don't just scribble. You want to actually look at the shapes that the the hairs making this will help us in later when we go to uh, dude, it's of detail of the direction because that's what really helps. Cat drawings is the direction your lines are for the for, and then you're Then it goes to sleep your computer. So let's take a quick look. You can see the it's in the light on. You could see the a pencil sketch. So now we're getting a good outline there, so we'll continue sketching this out and then get it to the drawing board for the pastel painting part. I'm gonna use a little more off the side of the pencil, my whole arm to get the sweeping shapes, and you want to kind of get the get clumps of shape that really help us to find the form. At first. When you're trying to draw hair, your you get caught up in all the individual hairs, it gets overwhelming. Look at like the little Custer's clusters. Custer's clusters of hair groups like This is, ah, kind of elongated, you know, to drop sheet, another like leaf shape, and then you can get an idea All the major shapes and this is one of Lily's characteristics is here is your furry rich fuzziness. You know this will really help with likeness of of of your cat portrait because camp purchases usually all about can you love? Yeah, waken tell Lily is a well loved cat in the portrait style. We'll just do like like a bust over her. You know, we'll do like a little almost like a sculpture bust where it finishes off here. We're not gonna try to draw the whole body because it's all about your beautiful face here , and then way went ahead and got the little whisker points, and I'm gonna adjust the contrast in the photo later for reference. And then we could really see the shapes in here. And then I have another photo that has her colors so we can kind of define those a little more. Now you can see the pencil sketch a little better. Let's get it over to the drawing board and start getting this sorted out. 5. Pastel Drawing: now that we've got the projector work done back of drawing table, getting the rest of the forms in with pencil and prisma color won't have a good, solid foundation for our pastel painting. OK, it's coming along a little more of a darker areas in and start getting me with some of the reddish brown color. She has the top of her head a little bit of her cheek, and then we'll use so gray some real light colors toe block in the for and color those eyes starting a sheep up nicely. Okay, so you've my pastel sat and here's the cat. We'll get some of this. This brown, orangey yellow person with these were white but crazy in a touch of the doctor brown, the black, some of the lighter gray and for the for some of the for. We zoom in here from the news. What kind of brownish in pink do you think? A little food ready we're going to use. So our narrow it down to to for six feet nine Len colors. Look at her eyes, never greenish tint like this. This market in some highlight to be able to blend something together that will tell the story of Lily Cat. Now we start blocking in some color with some light strokes with the pastel, Some of the denser areas you want to press a little harder, and I'm gonna go in here with the black and I'm really given a little more pressure to get more material down that aisle smudge and blend my finger and some tissue doing some of the finger smudge and tissue paper towel to, uh, get it gets a little messy down here and this is too dark. What? I can come in with an eraser and take some of this out and rework it. So this is now we're painting with the pastels. It's more of a painting and trying to work in some form with it. I'm gonna lighten up a little bit of the area above the I, you know, just kind of left out some of the color. Then we'll rework some of it back in. You do want to kind of plan for it, but you can step back if you if you put too much gray or or darkness in the places you don't want. But now I'm going to get a smudge stick instead of my fingers so I can get a little more fine tuning of the shapes. We'll get a little more detail into this drawing or painting pastel painting and get ready to send out. Remember, a collection of pencils, couple of white pencils so I can really get in. And do these some of these highlights Racer that you can retract, really dialing where you want to let you race. So highlight on my nose a little more. And, of course, the charcoal pencil for some of the details in the eye. And I'm gonna knock that in there again. Did you work on it? And it's much some of the detail gets lost getting a little closer, and then I'm just gonna model in detail with a sharper pencil. We'll use the stick to blend when the green in here a little better with eyes closed, pick up some of the darkness decreased shadow around the bottom, and that gives a little more depth. That puts the I more inside and then some of these organic like beans and stuff. But I was a little more modeled, and now we add or highlight right in here you went down on the side way more brightness to the eyes. You always stick that's already kind of got a little black in it. And paint this push back the brown back in here a little just model and paint so it doesn't look so chalky. That looks more like a painting. And then we can get some of those random Strozzi random, though with the first. Don't get parallel over and over these random as you can way push that sheet, I'm actually gonna add just a little more white to blend that up. When we can paint that, we'll just continue to keep modeling it dive in, and so it's colored to new. That's a little bit of pain, Let me know. Exaggerates a pink a bit because it has, like, dark little ends. Just kind of paint these with little paper. Stick way could lift some of it up. Be a little too much shark clean up the end of bird Racer, get some highlights in here. Good. Put some of that duck up a little more. You can also use the needs of eraser as as kind of a paint brush that we need a little darker area under the nose with nostrils because it's a little bit of a shadow. So we'll find out a bit. Yeah, just kind of modeled it on style with little get some form in there. Cute little nose came, got the finishing touches on Lily, you smudge stick and my fingers modeled in a lot of a lot of the shapes here. I'm actually not like in this too much. This is a little bit of a corrupt after up a little bit, too dark transition. I'm gonna paint this in. Use the eraser to take out some of the gray that's down here. The model, some of that something. There we go. We want her cheeks to be next, mixed with white, braving here, here. So push away, which await Twitter outside. There we go, because when I pull it, I pulled up black back in Mecca. It's tiresome. Sometimes push it out from blended out. And then this will be a nice transition into underneath the cheeks and mouth here. Way to go back scribbled all day, waiting here It really is good. We will detail nice expression and it flows out volume and sheep and there was a lot of fun drawn. This picture will get a We'll get a coat of fixative so it doesn't smudge. Put it in a tube, mail it out. And thanks for watching. Oh, by the way, subscribe to stick figures with style, and I have some cartooning classes online. And check those out. Thanks for watching. 6. Shredder and the Preying Mantis - Grid Method: I'll show you the grid method. So here's the photo shredder and the praying mentis didn't photo coffee so I could mark this up to make my grid. No, we have our grid drawn. I don't really need a grid on the whole whole area. I really want to just focus in, uh, you know what? My composition There. Be right and read and hear where the pre mantises, right up to shredders. I here. So let's frame this Me is another. Maybe I use my red pencil to kind of give me an idea of how to frame it. You know, you want to get the praying Mantis legs and part of the things that we will go out here and part of the table, and then just maybe back back to this point, and that'll be your composition. So make you know, you might want to make more than one photocopy to trial your different ideas, but this this can give me Ah, a starting off point. And then you know what? If I want to paint a mural of this that I could make these one foot squares 123456 Could be seven feet across by 123456 by six feet high. So now we have our co ordinates. Let's put those coordinates and light pencil on our mean paper. Now, when we start sketching, we just look at the shapes that are inside the square and transfer him into the squares. Here. We used to be a puzzle puzzle book that had this kind of game in it that had all the square scrambled. And then you would have to draw them into the coordinates and you end up with a cool drawing. It was taken even Eraser worried up. Lighten up. My red squares are still be able to see him, but they won't be so much of a distraction. OK, now we can just use, uh, that's too hard and this was too soft. Pencils is in between there it is just a regular number two like school pencil. I have this extender. You know, when your when your pencil against shirt and steady you can get an extent there, get more life out of it. Look at our drawing. Theo Cat's head is between B two and be five, um de for me and four so be to Indy five be screened for so little sketch in the circle. No, just get my my rough shapes in here according to the coordinates. So I'll just pretend that's a box for now. And the box kind of gets into d three of it, and then the I her right eye is on C three and so on. Now you can start getting proportions of this of this drawing beast on the grid. Now, we're starting to get a little more on the forming here, and we could start mapping ends like her stripes and stuff. The stripe is coming up from four for E on a cross into D three. So four e and the three so you can start coordinating from the other shapes. Now, have you find glass here somewhere? Now we can get a closer look at that little face and they're awesome or shapes. We get into a little more of the detail we can see in her eyes. He's a little bit on the pissed off and annoyed side, I would say so. We want to try toe, at least get that expression and we can see these. These little white stars coming up like, you know, like kiss makeup. - You know, rough pencil sketch based on the grid system. Go ahead in the race as much of the grievous they can't know. Okay, here, this little return. Retractable eraser tool. So you pop thes. He's refills in there like a pencil, but you can erase a little more precision. We'll go in with this little generals charcoal pencil you can actually sharp block in start blocking in our drawing. I don't go too hard, because if you could get a lot of material on here quickly just blocking some of the very dark areas, of course, the I they usually helps me work from the center out. When I draw any face a person's face or cat fees, I just If you if you get the eyes dialed in, the rest of the drawing follows alone. And underneath his little the little paw, in fact, I'm gonna use a touch of green, A little touch of green, the corner of my eye, my pastel and just kind of block this guy in slightly just really know the difference between the green and the cat. Good general charcoal back. This is where we used my magnifying glass. Get a closer look of the I on the other side. It's really scrunched. And as outlined by the lighter color that might refer to my grid, actually. For what? The I'm gonna refer back to my grid for the where the triangle of white is here. My grid Ah, this'll it'll triangle is inside for e four. Um, the d three and four and it ends at the bottom. So his e 1234 1234 Do you me? So we want to do make sure we leave this area untouched for the white and the bottom of her . This one stripe comes up here. Yeah, this is some of his delegate work because you want to nail the likeness as we go around here, this one expression comes straight down, and then there's a little notch of ah, of light color. Here we go. No, but back on track, the dark shapes Oh, this the side of her face. And then, uh, now we're gonna come down across the top of her legs, she comes out the angle and then they start going in another direction, and this will help us kind of frame the face. Remember, we leave some of this area way and then these pencils, you know, you notice that I'm not getting, like, right down super close because they then I can't really see them. Good. All this thing loosely. Some guys go, you know? So my earnest looks just go like this and sketch for me. I still need to hold it like a paintbrush. But I'm gonna choke up on a more and model in these straps here because then I could see my hands out of the way so I could see where I'm where I am, drawing in relation to the rest of the face. You know, the bottom of the chin is sort of in line with this bottom stripe here, so that comes down a little more. And then we have this little shape here for the bottom of this strength. We're going to find that. And then her whiskers air in here will do. Ah, one lie just to give us some indication. And then there's a little more shape under there, and now we want to get the dots of her face, and I'm actually look close with the magnifying glass. Look at those little face dots. The top is like two and then four dark words and then four or five. Not so dark. So the dots under the I one here three or four, but not not so close into the nose. And then a couple kind of crooked offer here, maybe a little bigger. Then a few more kind of kind of helps the the expression of a little model that more with the smudge stick. Now back to the shoulder. He's coming across this way in this way, and then it's doses. There's like a little backwards check mark and that connects here. There's another one, and then we're starting to get out of the frame here, and there's Ah national area of darkness in here. We could define the edge of the table in the front of her league. Just furry little sketch it some shadow and you're here, and then we can get after the bug a little more and put some detail in there. I just use this to be my cleanup pencil to to get me Where would I be? Even that leg has some color in it. so I'm gonna use the edge to draw a nice kind of street line, and you just brush it. You want to press hard at all? This is kind of like painting with this, uh, with this stick just brushing it on, then we could to clean up. There we go. No, I won't do. Start moving in a little more with the with this much stick. This is where we start paining and getting her theme. Dark shapes that come alongside of the tan sheeps painted in Oh, from a cheek has a little bit of tone in here too Under the face and under here. And I get a clean their edge of ah of a cleaner slide sick and work on the praying Mantis A little bit can smooth out his color We go back in and the sharper theme Sharper charcoal and detail in those eyes. A little more. I'm gonna leave a little bit of ah highlight kind of force. That expression give really that make last scare? No, you have going and add the last few details. You know this. Just start copying some of the shapes and keep in mind the direction of the strokes. - I went in with a little bit of the gray to work on this background a bit, just a little material member. We'll use the blender in there and some of this peach orangey kind of telling toe put on wood. You had a plan to touch a yellow in there, the lighter orange. And where's my weight? In the letter? Later colors his my rate. I'm gonna hit. Hit the bottom of the bug with some way and more of the the chair. Sometimes you're talking moves, right? Just dump it off. Cattle highlight there. Now we'll get back to the business of Stripes. Most there had a little more darkness right here. We're here. Funny rooms, right? So I'll grab a bigger piece of black, get more material on here, Really press a little bit because I really want that dark and the saddle. I really want that dark. Add a little more material and then used the much stick. Just kind of paint that in Glenda Death there was a couple little strips of wanting to work . Done right under here that's a little darker. A little breast, and then model it around could define her little expression under here. I also would like to do Can people tell gonna put a bit more of the brown appear when that just rub it in and blended? It's the same with the gray that was behind your head. Paper works a little better than the cloth paper against paper and even some of this weaken blend down worker work up in your face, Have a little more of a face, is a little more. And focus sharpened up my charcoal and we could define the bug league a little more. Just just the outline for illustration. Here we go. That's we could clean that. Some of the weight for some whisker action. Kind of scraggly it off, even behind it was more brown modeling on there would maybe you indicate a bit of a shadow for the with bug, then would have pulled worn out in here. Yeah, good. Just much That blended out a little little room lay of the wood way. Call it shredder in the praying mantises 7. Charcoal Pencil Demo: in this video, we're gonna do charcoal pencil drawing of this. One more profile, kitten kitten is all over it. We're gonna make this into a little square format to so give myself a so border and I'm just using this Cretu color monolith. It's an HB pencil, but the entire thing is a pencil. So when you sharpen it all the way down here and I'll show you on the side here, pull back. You know there's no wood in this pencil. It's all it's all graphite, so you can get a really nice broad stroke fell back to the cat. We start with the ball for the the basic shape of the head. The front of the nose is Ah, careful box angled box, and we see the airline going around the sheep with the ball in the top of the ear. It's kind of in a straight line down to getting to the nose so it can flow around to see all the relationships with the years and the nose of my eyes. You can see you could see the air comes around, and then if that line went straight down, it would go straight through the center of the eye, and this kind of comes straight down to the end of the news, your eyes always roaming around, looking at all the relationships. That way, you could dial in the form a little closer. So what you're looking at the neck is hanging down and resting, and here zoom in a little bit, but is like a whole box for the wavy line under her chin and then down here, front leg across where? Pies. So it's just a rectangle, basically with a wavy line on top, and it's about the center of the year. Troops down, but with noses, she happens to be my knee fine tuning our path. Before we get into the charcoal darker colors, there's a blaze. White plays could use the eraser clean up. A little more got blocked in. Let's start making sense out of it. Now this is more straight down to me. There's a little triangle under here is a little bit open, but not much. It's also sort of a triangle on inside. We're gonna have to sort of make up what's inside way. No, it's a cat I been drawing for a while now. Wait, Zoom in even closer. And look at the little dots that air where the whiskers go. Three. You know dot, dot, long dot dot long curve shape that medium who just can indicate that as a roadmap dot long sheep, the medium and that's going to be lighter in there under the eye, she got a kind of, ah, super late color into the eye above the eye. It's light colored. Just come sketch around where those little shapes are gonna end up and then dark in here a little bit. Almost a stripey action in the ear has a real light, you know. It's like lately it's light all along, the edges angry on the inside, just out of it loosely get our it's over. Sheeps peeping in No along here. When he received this shadow, you will to me that this shadow Kendall looks like the body of it. The dog or a horse right through here, really not an abstract shape. It's just the shape that you can, you know, wrap your head around and get they're in the business. Sometimes you see all these shapes of it when you want to draw something and you just don't know where to start. You just want to get in there and look at him and, you know, just like looking at clouds in the sky. You see, you see things in the shapes and then right here, there's a kind of a box of darkness and a patch of greatness in there, so that helps me know where the dark and light areas they're gonna be. So skits that in move back and the ears attached here underneath is like the fold of the the clothing Keep that in mind and white and dark areas on the crease. That's another thing to study. I've probably got tons of work to do on that. At least if you follow the dark and light you can get indicated in there some for with zoom in work, you can see where the crooked the leg is, what comes off the like the shoulder and then the front part of leagues bends over. You just can't end to indicate that with angle, come down and just angle it down. No, we know all the furs going be going on in this direction. You could indicate the back. You can see the line this follows through where the head is. So we cut this during off so we can actually find words are cut off. Is more here, more darkness under here. And then we'll we'll start modeling in the for with the charcoal, getting it with charcoal. Start hinting in the darker is have a broad strokes of where dark areas are under. The nose comes up All right, comes up down, up, down Trying to touch the area where that white please on the nose is gonna leave that way. What paper do the job for us in the back of the ears are catching more light than their friends. So I'm not gonna put in their way use. That's much stick later. It's actually a little rim of whiteness around. So a barely touch where the where the legs coming out underneath. Just sketching a couple strokes where the darkest areas are the creases. Hit those, uh, whisker dots. That's our add in some more material. Little white under the eye, trying to keep her strokes in the direction of where the firm is growing starker around here, where that kind of horse horsey shape open to the eye. But capers around. Kind of like a little bleed or little sickle sheep there. Yeah, we're just going black and white with this one. You know, the great color, too. A little dark here, through here, the back of the head. And there's actually a this white? Not really. Wait, but it's a later reum of light. Make sure you leave that out. In fact, I'm gonna hit it with the eraser little more before commit, and then make sure I have a white area trying not to touch it later. Darker under here. Gonna press a little harder, Get more chalk down in there in the same same thing. Here, press a little harder, get some darkness trying to get some of that form of the foot on the for a little bit of a modeled color on this kitten. It is mostly great, but she's got so you know, he's really light Tan Kohler's? No, some darkness in here. Here. When I say in here, like under the chin, we'll come in here with the it's much thick and we use aside the pencil and just brushing the little material. Extra mature were really wanted to be dark 100 chin where the shadow is nos a little material here, getting the form where the fear comes up. All right, stay here. Okay. Now let's cut, render and paint this in and blend. This is where it gets a little. A little fun panting part smudging and putting a little your old stylized twist to it. You don't have to be photo really are exact. You do want to try to smooth out the sketchy charts. Get we're going to get some of that greenness in here Really dark here. Right here. So you brush in your touch, touch it lightly with this brush and blend it and smudged it around underneath. Trying not to touch that white area I was so worried about earlier. Get some for direction. The first is coming off. I'm flowing around the head, even Mrs a little grade. We can just color that in this little model. Didn't here muscled with a t. Start your here. We're going to actually have a little more material for the final details for real pencil pencil details and brush those for directions off the leg and smooth out the from the material where she's laying. Get some shadow under. Very He's gonna need more darkness in here. You have your road map. Now that's really tightening in. Get my charcoal again. This is more dark under here. Here. We just couldn't. At our final details with sketching, I put a little more darkness around the cheek. This is a lot darker, too, and this is also a lot darker side of this. For more material done here, a final little blend get a little more of the loose side. That gives the drawing some more flow feeling, which is a style that I enjoy a little more. You can hit him with kneaded eraser to catch the war, the highlights that you might want to add back in. That's it. It's a post this. 8. Watercolor & Ink Wash: in this video. Talk about how to draw cats number 13 by Walter Foster. This is an older copy that I found at a bookstore. You can find these online. I have a link in the description below where you can find one. Or you might find it at the library or I use the bookstore. Volker Foster books are great. Hello. Did drop works because it gives you the ideas of, ah, construction and materials for drawing animals for the direction of the for and rendering ideas. So this particular book is not exactly a step by step, but it does give you ideas on how to approach drawing your cat. There's a lot of kitten drawings in here that I love. So if it my lesson today, I'm just gonna try and draw something similar to that. I believe this has some oh, some wash like ink wash and then detail it in with a marker or dark pencil. So let's try that. So here's our cat Sasha, and they're a little sleepy pose similar to the one in the book. It's good enough time in a sketch it with pencil and then washing some of the tone with some water color and then scribbling in some detail with think I'm gonna follow the guide of circle kind of big. And I use my whole arm and to get this circle actually going to go a little lower. So I have room for those ears. That's why we draw lightly and slightly brush it in, going press too hard. So we see the ear to the eyes to the ear. Just look at these relationships that we could block that in. Well, triangle for the nose in the face is a little wider here. Then we're just gonna use the side of May pencil. Yeah, and fashion also has a little bit of ah, paint on her forehead. Okay, so we want to just tell the story of kittens sleeping real quick here with some with some wash and some, you know, it won't make sure kind of can't. That shame is tucked in, but she goes over and overlaps. There's a little fold here and then the leg comes out in the same over here, little chin chin is the shape here almost like a you know, like a little valley here. Some of this cheek comes around here, Here, here. Keep saying that or the head connection the shoulder and then curves under the chin and around the outside the Sheikh. So this will help when I go into add in some of my tone for the for the ink loss because we want to keep this loose. I don't really want to try to render it so photo real. That's what's great about doing this style of cat portrait. It gets the character on the feeling, but there's enough to be exactly like the photo cause you you already have a food or you wanna have a rendition. The artists take on the cat's story from gonna use a 3/4 inch soft, a lot of color and a number four brush. It is a grim bucker for some of their the eighth now to find my watercolors. Okay, you can tell me what by Graham Barker. I'm only gonna use the black and you don't need. But, you know, I have this little white plastic palette thing put a dab of paint and one of the sections in just a little bit of water that a role, a path leaves. So this multipurpose paper is going to get a little wrinkly. We're just for this demo. We should be okay. I'm gonna breast breast skin, You know, I grab a little more material, and then we're gonna repression a little bit here, Here, and get the form down here. I'm not really gonna add a little more room or paint for the for the dark areas, new fees behind the ear. We were paying inside the ear. Coming, dio. Okay, we gotta let that dry, and then we'll go in a little more darkness and get some of the detail. Also, I thought they put a tiny bit on my trade, but that was still way too much. So extend the life of your watercolors. Just need a tiny dot to get this much wash going on this. You know, it's like 8.5 by 11. Doesn't take much. Now, let's get a little bit of the ink back in here who keep this painting loose, but just a little more detail, So we'll finish it off with this brush pin with the details. - Go ahead and use some of the white, actually, some white acrylic and my brush, man. So you're a little bit of water going in the in the brush pin. I just steal some of that so I don't waste a big blob of it. Just steal some of that. No. Was paint hint in some whiskers. A person. Some of that way to bring out a few more highlights. Just put in some. Right in here. Here. Little cat portrait. 9. Draw a Cartoon Ninja Cat - Color pencil: okay. And this one will do this. Kung fu cat. Well, cartoon style it. She was stretching and yawning with it. Pretty funny expression with colored pencil pencil. So just a regular, like number two pencil, this one from the hardwood store on. Then I used some colors. Just scribble arrested. Theo, we're gonna change the forum to be, uh, Karate cat. So I use my stick figures in style method. Here. This is where the cartooning is gonna come in. Cat fist feet. We're just going to use a little paddles, little half circles. So if you imagine the stick figure in the inside here the circle body coming down, the arms coming up another half circle with foot, no use the colored pencil, the this'll this'll prisma color black. And they will look at the photo again and again. Get get the essence of the expression In here, pupils got big noses, bills in the cheeks, a girl back and those fangs air coming out. We're just gonna cartoon as it and a little more expression here and then just use some of your stick figures with style ideas and draws draws some baggy clothes. Also just another circle shape and little curves for the fist. You know, we still want to give it a little cat like feel and maybe even have some claws coming out on this hand. I should say, Paul, in the booth. There you go. Sometimes I pressed too hard with these guys and we like we want to wrap the torsos so we have the black belt because they think all cats are black belts. You see how fast they are in the belt? Kind of tucks it in there, pulls on the clothing sticks and cause out here, too. Cat kick of death here. And then I used the side of the pencil and she shade in the underside. Give it some tone and Chateau a little star for the impact. Could be another story. Finn, jackass.