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Watercolor Christmas Cat

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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Lessons in This Class

20 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Using the Template

    • 4. Painting the Hat

    • 5. Painting the First Layer of the Cat

    • 6. Painting the Nose

    • 7. Painting the Eyes

    • 8. 8 Painting the Brim & Pom Pom

    • 9. Painting the Face Layer #2

    • 10. Painting Layer #3 on the Face

    • 11. Painting the Face Layer #4

    • 12. Painting the Face Layer #5

    • 13. Painting the Face Layer #6

    • 14. Painting the Face Layer #7

    • 15. Painting Layer #8

    • 16. Painting the Eyes Pt 2

    • 17. Painting Layer #9

    • 18. Painting Layer #10

    • 19. Final Details

    • 20. Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Watercolor Christmas Cat is a fun and festive class geared towards advanced beginner watercolorists. We will paint expressive eyes, a bold hat, and lots of layers to create fur. 

Each image starts with a template which is available for you to download. In class, we will work on wet on wet techniques and then wet on dry techniques to create realistic hair. Lessons are broken down into achievable steps that will build on the previous class.

Other Watercolor Christmas Classes that I teach include:

Watercolor Gingerbread Cookies

Watercolor Christmas Gnome

Patterned Watercolor Christmas Trees

Watercolor Nutcracker Face

Vintage Watercolor Snowman

Watercolor Penguin #1

Watercolor Snowmen

Watercolor Christmas Cookies

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website danielamellen.com or my YouTube Channel for additional c... See full profile

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1. Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniella Melon, an author and artist here in skill share. Thanks for joining me for today's class Watercolor Christmas Cat. In today's class, I'll demonstrate techniques for painting a semi realistic cat with expressive eyes textured for and a brilliant Santa hat. We'll capture the festive and playful nature of this kitty that you could almost picture curled up under a tree. This class is geared towards advanced beginner artist. We'll start by sketching her image of pencil until watercolor paper. I have included a downloadable template with a simple Leinart drawing that you can trace or use as reference. After you have your sketch, you'll start painting the hat and the for We'll create texture by painting many layers, both wet on wet and wet on dry. To achieve stripes and hair for your class project, create your own Christmas cat. Take a photo of your artwork and posted in the project section. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Now let's get started 2. Class Supplies: the supplies for a watercolor Christmas cat class include the template, which you can find in the project section. Just download that and print that out into a standard piece of copy paper. We use eight by 10 watercolor paper. This is £140. I have assorted pigments, and I'll list those in the class supplies pencil and eraser. Ah, couple of water jugs. I use a white gel pen at the end if I want to create any highlights. And then I just used four brushes. I have a six before Ah one and a very fine brush. This is a 5/0, but any fine brush will work to make those nice hair strokes. The next chapter, we'll go over using the template. 3. Using the Template: to use the template. I just put my template on a light source here. I have a light pad, but you could use a window or a piece of glass with a light underneath it. Turn on the light in this pad and then I put my paper on top of it, and from there I'll just trace over the image. Make sure it's a its brightest setting, and then I'll just with a light pencil trace over the image because we're making a cat. We want the and the shapes to be very organic. I'm gonna make very light shapes, and then when I paint over them, I'm gonna go over with a brush to make a little bit of hair shape and first strokes. So the only parts that you really want to focus on making really sharp are going to be the eyes and the nose, and from there we'll start painting and creating our layers 4. Painting the Hat: So here I have my template. I took some time to make the eyes the proper shape. And then I added just some wiggles here for the hat and the face. I'm gonna make even further, um, texture and shapes very organic with my brush, But this kind of just serves as a reminder. First thing I'm gonna do is create my color on my hat, and you can choose whatever color you'd like. Christmas colors are obviously green and red, and I'm gonna do a dark version of the red. So we're just some water. I'm gonna go over and wet around the hat around the perimeter about 1/4 inch from my pencil marks all around the perimeter of where I want my hat to go. I have here a, um, like a fold in the hat and I'm gonna leave a dry spot there. I think I'm gonna leave an ultimate dry spot on my paper just to show the difference between the end of the hat and the hat Closest up here. So now I'm gonna turn my paper to the side cause I find it easier to paint this way being right handed, and I'll mix my color. I could just take some clear water and some crimson lake. And I want a nice rich color. This is my number six brush. I'm gonna make a very sharp point. And I'm going to start at the base of the hat, the brim here and just make my edge. As you can see, I'm making kind of a squiggly lying here, leaving a little bit of white underneath this fold in the hat. Then I'm gonna come back to this side, take a little more pigment and create a little texture in the top of the hat as I go around the edge just slightly wiggling my brush just to give that texture making a little heavier in the center of the hat that the weight of the hat is pulling it down. And I'll come over here by the little pom pom. Make a shape over there and then continue that when I get to the area where the hat folds, I'm gonna leave that little, faintest white line. Continue that over here. So I have the entire perimeter of the hat done. I'll go back, pick up a little more this deep red pigment Crimson Lake go over it just so that stays wet . I'll rinse my brush and I'm gonna go right here to this para green red And just drop that right on top of my crimson lake again. I'm leaving that fold area dry and up here, taking more crimson, more pair of green red, dropping that in while my pigment is still wet and using my same brush, I'm gonna come over here to the sepia, which is a nice dark brown. It takes some of that and put this right here in this little fold area. It's gonna bleed a little into my red and then I'm gonna take a little bit here and put it just underneath here on the wet where I have my red again leaving my white take a little more of this. Put it right up here just a little bit. So it bleeds in with the existing red that I'm gonna rinse my brush, take off some of the water and just make this line very blend Dubel. You know, pull color to the center, but leave a light spot once my brush and I'll do the same thing over here at a little area that I'm gonna flip my paper over and see what I have here to work with. Almost done. I just want to add a little more of this crimson lake. So take some water off my brush, pick up more pigment, make a nice sharp point of the brush and just continue around the perimeter just in certain areas right here, where I want it nice and dark. I'll add a little more of that crimson lake right at the edge, and then, with a very sharp point, I'll go in here where I put that sepia and create a nice fold. The fabric. Make sure the top is dark, darkest, and then that let that layer completely dry. 5. Painting the First Layer of the Cat: for the next stage. I want to go over the face, the pause and the little body here. And what I want to do is create a very soft color because I'm making this like a gray there , tiger or tabby cat. I'm going to make a very faint color and I'm gonna make various spots of that color. So we take a little black and mix it with some water, grab a little more water. So it's a very dark color, and I don't want it that dark. Then I'm gonna take some Prussian blue with that and mix that in. So we have kind of a bluish gray more grey than blue mixing a little bit more of water for that. Then get a rinse my brush and I'm gonna go over the face and I'm gonna start in the center of the face underneath the brim of the hat, leaving a little bit of area of paper dry. And I'm gonna wet right down the center Gonna leave this little heart shape, dry them not gonna want to paint that gray, that I'm gonna go here underneath the eyes, leaving a generous spot underneath the eyes of dry paper over here. Do the cheeks gonna leave? Imagine these being rounded cheeks and leave some of that white. And then I'm gonna come over here and just paint the body and just some areas on the pause and underneath the face here. So I have saturated different parts of the face, went my brush, pick up some pigment, one it very light. So I'll take another brush full of water, saturate my brush, but still be able to control it. And I'm going to start underneath the brim of the hat. I'm just gonna pull that color down underneath that brim, following that shape we already set up, gonna come over here making little lines, leaving a nice, generous area underneath EI untouched with this very light color, and then just make generous lines back over here towards the side of the face. I'll go in there, went my brush, blend that out a little more again. I'm looking for very faint color. Gonna leave this area of the mouth untouched. Just go underneath it slightly. We're gonna pick up some more of my pigments, and I'm just gonna create shapes echoing the shape of the face almost like stripes, but it's gonna be very faint. I would take this paint underneath the face. What? My brush with water to get uneven, fainter color. And I'm gonna paint just a few stripes across the pause. I'll go back in with my brush with a sharp point on the darkest color. And I'm just gonna add a little bit of pigment up here at the top, right underneath the brim, as if to create a little shadow underneath that brim. They'll come underneath here, create a little darkness there and just a little darkness here again, I don't want a straight line. A little more organic shape is what I'm going for, and I'm gonna let this layer completely dry. 6. Painting the Nose: I would like to work on the nose. I'm gonna take my number one brush and with some water. Ah, what? The area of the nose, which is this little hard. Then I'll come over here on my palette and take some of this brilliant pink, and they'll take another spot of brilliant pinks, way of two areas, and then with a very sharp point, I'm just gonna pick up a little bit of this for 1,000,000 Hugh, and mix that in with the pink. So I get kind of a deep peach. I'm gonna take that. And on the top of my nose, I'm gonna add dropping that color and it'll run a little bit very carefully. Dropping it in really heavy on the sides of the nose and the top of the nose Rinse off my brush. Gonna take in just some of this brilliant pink here, and I'm gonna go in the bottom of the nose and drop that in. So right now I'm just creating shape, pick up some more of that brilliant pink, and I'm gonna blend it right with that top color that peach that we made that would take a little bit of the sepia on my brush make a very sharp point. And I'm just gonna go up top here very carefully with barely touching the paper and outline that knows in just up top. It's just a faint little shadow up top, and I'm gonna let this layer completely dry. 7. Painting the Eyes: So now I want to work on the eyes and the county Drew have has these nice big pupils here. And the color behind it is where I want the color really shine. I'm gonna make nice green eyes for this one. Somebody turn it on its side with hat to the right This is my number one brush Gonna go in there and just very carefully wet This one I I'll mix my colors over here. I'm gonna take some of this light green and I'm gonna mix just some of this Hansa yellow in with it So I get a glowing almost a neon yellow And then I'm gonna take my deep green over here and I'm gonna mix that with a little sepia Take a teeny bit more deep green And there we have a nice dark forest green I'm gonna rinse off my brush, dry it completely and then pick up that light green color and I'm gonna go around the base of the part that I want colored in and pull it mostly to the top of that area. Got a rinse my brush Take just some plain hands a yellow and go right under the base right on top of the color we put down. And now we'll go in with that deep winter deep forest green. We mixed right at the top of the I and let that blend nicely right into the color. We already put down that medium green Gonna go around the pupil here with that dark green, rinse my brush and pick up that light green we mixed and just help that to blend there No harsh lines, poor little more of this medium green cancer yellow. And drop that in pushing that pigment up to the top. So the latest part of the eye is right at the base hands a yellow part, and then I'm going to the same thing on this I Well, let the area where I want the color start with some Hansa yellow this time right at the base. Gonna pick up some of this deep for a screen up top here that we mixed. Go around people and then I'll come back in with a nice light color remixed deposit that right on top, Come back, pick up some of this forest green makes a little more of that dark green. Well, sepia pick up a little of this color remix this medium green and then a little hands a yellow just for the base of the I, and we'll up this layer completely dry. 8. 8 Painting the Brim & Pom Pom: So now I'm gonna work on my brim in my pom pom Gonna take me number four brush Put a little water on my palette and some of the cerulean blue Take a tiniest bit of sepia and mix that in Come back a little more cerulean blue It'll take some water to lighten that up Get a switch to my number one brush, pick up a little bit more water And now I'm just gonna start with my pom pom here. I'm just gonna make, like, a rough shape, kind of following the edge of the circle that we have for the pom pom, but making it just a little bit, um, organic. A little flowy, so it's not perfectly round. I'll go underneath the area up here where the hat is, and then I'm gonna take a little more on my brush, and I'm gonna create, like, a c shape going mostly across, and I'll do that in a few lines. So it's not just one c, but a few little shapes here and teeny bit up here just to give some dimension to that pom pom. And now for the brim, The term of paper to the side. And again, This is a very light color. And that's exactly what I want. Just to show a hint of shadow, I'll start because I turn it to the side on this base here, which is the side of the brim. And I'm gonna echo the shape that I made making it very fluffy. Like, uh, the furry had it is. And I'm gonna come around here, leaving us a little white edge where it meets the hat where it meets the head in the face of the cat. I'll go up here very faint line, just like this, creating a perimeter. It'll take my brush, turn my paper the side. And I'm gonna echo some shapes here again, going right towards the center of the hat. Rinse my brush clean. I'll come in here and just blend out. So none of these lines, they just kind of fade into the distance. They don't just stop harshly. I'll go right to the pieces on the edge, See if I can't blend that out a little. Go back in here into the pom pom and let that layer completely dry. 9. Painting the Face Layer #2: So now that my face is completely dry the broom in the hat, the hat I'm going to start building up layers on the face, making intricate for so to do that, I'm going to start with a very pale sepia. Take some water on my palette and on my brush. And this is, um, number four brush a little bit of the sepia, and I just want to faint color. So I'll take that. Add one dollop of water to that. I have a very faint color. Gotta go in here and just on the rounded little areas here above the mouth. Gonna kind of make two circles, rinse my brush and then very quickly work to blend those edges out. I just want a little bit of color in here. Very, very faint, not blend the edges so that they don't form perfect circles. Just a little hint of color at a little bit more water to my palette here and then underneath the mouth. I'm also gonna go in there kind of make a triangle of this color. If it's too dark, I'll just go in there, wash my brush, just pick up that color with a dry brush, but it will dry, lighter, and then I'll just blend the edges out. Do the same thing up here just under the hat very lightly with that very pale sepia color, and then blend those edges out. This gives just a little depth to our shading and prevents it from being just a single color. Gonna add a little more water yet, and just pull this color very carefully down the length of the nose right up to our pink nose. Blend that out to where it meets the brim right underneath the brim, so there's no harsh edges, and then I'm gonna take that color. And on the body here gonna go underneath the face, put my darkest color. But I have. And then, with a water on my brush, just blended out So it's gets lightest as it pulls away from the face to the same thing on this side once again, but the darkest of my pale color. Rinse my brush and just blend it out with a damp brush so the lightest of this warm brown is at the base, and then all do the same thing underneath here, and because it's in between the paws. It's gonna be dark, so I don't have to blend it out. I can just make sure that I add that warm color also gonna take a little bit and create just a few stripes on the pause of this warm color. And then, lastly, just on the side of the face, leaving a little bit of space between the edge of the face and the body, and I'm gonna let this layer completely dry. 10. Painting Layer #3 on the Face: now for our next layer of the face, we're gonna start adding some for and some stripes. What I want to do is make Brown similar to the one we made before, but just a little bit darker. So I'm gonna take a little bit more of that sepia and added to the existing color. It's on my palette. If you used it all up for it, dried just makes a little sepia with water and put it on your palette again. You want a very light color? We're building this up in lots of layers to achieve that texture. Gonna clean my brush. And now I'm going to switch to my number one brush to pick up some of this color. And I'm gonna started the brim on the side here and I'm gonna make a zigzag line going down , which is gonna be the shadow for one of our stripes. And so I'm just gonna pull it down. I wanted thickest at the top closest to the brim, and it's just gonna pull away very slowly and carefully, right from that brim. We'll come up here, I'll do another one. I'll just do an odd number, maybe five of them. And again it's a light color. It will dry light and then we'll come over here, pull us down, take that color and I'm gonna reach underneath my eye on the dry part of the paper. And I'm just gonna very carefully make strokes, pulling them out that color out Just until I get to the nose, rinse my brush off and pull the edges out. So then I'll go to the other side and do the same thing here. Pull that color out, rinse my brush off and just blend that edge out and go back in. If I took away too much pigment, I just want the edges blended out. Gonna take some of that pigment for my brush. And I'm very good to make a very careful line and it's gonna be rounded. So I'm gonna start here and just take it down gently. We'll just do a few of these, maybe three and each one is gonna be shorter. We'll start with one. Go to my next one and my last ones. Give me the shortest. Just like that. Then I'm gonna come here on my body. I will start on the right hand side with this color, and I'm gonna make thicker lines like these that we did on the face. So I'm just gonna pull that color down just like this ragged edge, and it's gonna get closest to the foot, and it's gonna also be the thinnest. So it'll just gradually go a little larger as it goes up, and I'll do a couple one of those couple of those lines. I'll do it on this side as well. Start up here and again, these every br shadows They don't have to be perfect, but they are giving us a nice background gonna go up here and I'm gonna pretend that my little toes could make a little height like almost a little knuckle, and it's gonna be slightly rounded and then I'll just come up here and make one rounded peace total. And then lastly, I'm gonna take a sharp point of my brush starting and being very, very delicate the side of the nose here just gonna pull some hair up just like this and echoing the shape of the I. And I'm just doing a couple of those on both sides of the I from the note bottom of the nose. I'll pull up a little bit of hair just like this. A few layers of that, and I'm gonna let this layer completely dry. 11. Painting the Face Layer #4: now our faces coming along nicely We're starting to see a little bit of shadow. Gonna take my number one brush. We're gonna start mixing the grays. You can use some of the existing gray that we had or you could mix a new one. And I'm just gonna take a little bit of black since my brush A little bit of Prussian blue . I still wanted to look gray just with a slight blue tinge. And then a couple of brush fulls of water wanted to be a light color. Still, we're not ready to go into the detail work of a darker color. So maybe three brush fulls of water to make another sharp point of my brush. And I'm gonna go over the shapes that we made in the last lesson, Um, leaving some of that exposed. So I'm just gonna echo the shape and just do it with the darker color. You can go over in either direction either to the right or to the left. It can even throw in another one here. And these are our stripes that we're gonna be adding to our cat face again. You just want very organic looking shape it will dry lighter, which is a nice effect. And the added layers are a great addition. Come back in over here making a few more stripes and then I'm gonna come over here on the stripes that we made down the side of the face, and I'm gonna make even larger ones with my darker color. And I'm using the brown ones as the base again. I'm trying to keep that intact, that top one being the longest and goes down gradually getting smaller in size, the same thing over here. And then I'm gonna go more over here and right on top of it of the stripes on the body were gonna make my darker gray stripes can making that line up and down, creating a little angle to it, a little scoop and do that on both sides. And because we're making it kind of jagged, it resembles for take a sharp brush. I'm gonna work on the knuckles here. I'm gonna skips and spots, so it's not a solid line, and I'm gonna make another layer up top here again, skipping some spots and then with my color, I'm gonna go underneath the chin here just create some lines, refer up and down here, creating rate up to that shin area. Now, I'm gonna come back with my color, make a very sharp point, and I'm gonna go over my mouth. Little strokes just creating that shape. Then I'm gonna take my color again, creating a nice, sharp point, and I'm gonna outline that knows to take it very slowly and carefully with just enough pigment on my brush to control it and outline that beautiful little heart shape. I'll come back in, make it a little thicker in spots where the nostrils are and we'll stop here and let this layer dry. If you have any paint left on your palate, leave it will use it for our next step as well. Or we could make some war using the same technique. 12. Painting the Face Layer #5: So now we still have some paint on our palette. If you don't, you could mix it again. It was a little bit of black, a little bit of water and a little Prussian blue. And then we lightened it with as many number of it was three brush fulls of water based on one dollop of grey black, one dollop of blue Gonna go in there, dampen my brushing it, get a very sharp point and just I want to be able to control this. I'm just gonna create the outline of the face here. So with a very sharp point, just going to make a little zigzag brushstrokes all the way down the face area Here, do it on this side too, going right over the areas we painted and pulling the color down sharp edges. Pick up more pigment and we do the same thing with the body. Just the perimeter of the body, right to the bottom. And again, I'll pick up that pigment and lying underneath the face. And then I'm just gonna outline the pause here very carefully and very lightly. We will be adding another layer. But I want to create a nice little shadow layer here Gonna take this color on my brush, make a very sharp point and very carefully I'm gonna make a line that extends from the I hear AEA area all the way down to the nose. Just like that, it'll come back and from the eye area. I'm gonna do that poli color rounded all the way down, pulling it out. Then I'll continue on the other side of the eye repeating that following the curve of the I rinsing my brush and pulling that just like that. It's a little too many brushstrokes showing on this right hand side, so I'll go back in. I had a little bit of pigment and pull it out and then I'll just blend that out. Then I'll go back in here and add a little more color as well. We're still working on shadow and texture. Take a little bit of pigment on my brush and I'm gonna go over that line We made first, Just short little strokes right at the top, on those lines down the side of the face. I want that edge to be a little more ragged. It'll dry to a different consistency and color in the first. And over here, I can see that my eyes drying a little differently. So I want to add a little more color on this side just so it matches on that side. Pull that color down, blended out, and will it? This layer completely dry. 13. Painting the Face Layer #6: So now I want to start working on the really fine detail work of the for good Mix a little water on my palette, Take a little bit of the black, A little bit of the sepia toe warm it up and just a little prussian blue Not gonna add any additional water to this, but I am gonna switch to my ultra small brush the 5/0 and I'm gonna pick up some pigment on my brush and I'm going to start here. I'm gonna try and do one area at a time, and I'm gonna work on the I Just the frame of the I hear that we drew Color it in. It's still not a black color. It's a dark brown, dark gray. But I want to see what we have here before we really outline it. Continue adding color all the way around. Turn my paper and I'll do the same thing on the other. I again trying to keep them somewhat symmetrical. Go around the entire outline. Okay, so that I'm gonna take some of this color and very carefully. I'm gonna make strokes of hair underneath the eye following the shape of the I gotta go very slowly and just pull those strokes. I want to make sure I get that shape that rounded nous underneath the eye. And I wanted to be heaviest up top. So with each time I go out, I'll go out a little further on the top of the right hand side in a little less at the bottom, picking up more pigment and again following that I and leaving a little white barrier at the end. I'll do the same thing on the other side again, creating that rounded shape thickest a top little strokes turning this to the side that I'm gonna take my brush. Gonna come down here on the inside of the nose, make this line darker. Just so it reminds me where I wanted to go on the inside of the nose. Just gonna pull up again following the curve of the nose, right around the exterior. Do that on this side and then I'll come back in. Just make a few strokes going up the length of the nose. This is the direction of the hair growth. And then we'll follow it right to the brim with our strokes getting a little bit lighter each time, so that's a little bit lighter pressure each time as you go up and we'll let this layer completely dry. 14. Painting the Face Layer #7: So now we're gonna come back and with our color went my brush pickups, more pigment and we'll work on the side of the face here and we're just gonna go very lightly and one brush stroke of water and we're just gonna make you have a very sharp point and again, a very light touch. And we're gonna continue pulling the hair to the side of the face again. The way the hair grows, we'll go right over those stripes and we'll come here and right around the area that we want to keep it a little rounded balls around the side of the face. We're gonna leave our hair growth from that direction. When we get to this part underneath, the mouth will start in the center, just pull strokes down from the mouth. We'll start all at one layer at first, all from one starting point that will come back and then we'll pull some hair, different spots, different lengths. I don't want to do too much. We don't look like a beard, but we want the undergrowth from the mouth. Then we'll continue this doing the same thing on this side of the face, pulling the hair make to the side again with a super shark point. And then up over here is, well, right to the end of the face. The same thing up here, leaving a little space by the I again, a nice light colored a nice light touch, and we'll let this layer completely dry. 15. Painting Layer #8: to work on the hair for the body. We're gonna use the same pigment we have here. We add a little more sepia to it just to make it a little browner. And then we're gonna echo those stripes that we have, so we'll start at the top here. Just add a few stripes going down, do the same thing on this side of the body. So I'm adding a total of three stripes on either side of this brown and again, we're just building up lots of layers and then on the claws. I want to add stripes. Very small little ticks almost of line down here. Just kind of letting the point of the brush touch the paw because it's jagged, it imitates hair and I'll go down each of these little toes. I'll come right around the edge here as well. The perimeter with these little rough strokes because we changed the direction of the hair . The pause really start to stick out. Lastly, I'll pick up some of this color, and I'm gonna create the still teeniest of little stripes down the body here. Just a few throw in. Then I'm gonna pick up my color and I wanted to be deepest on the sides here in this little beard. Just gonna pull a few more and shortest over here so longer strokes on the side. And as you get to the beneath the beard, just shorter strokes. Well, at this layer completely dry. 16. Painting the Eyes Pt 2: to really start to pull together our watercolor cat. I want to work on these pupils. So with the number one brush with a go in, put a little water on my palette and get a little of this black gonna mix in a little bit of Prussian blue with that Is it a nice rich color? And then, with a very sharp point and very careful strokes, I'm gonna create this pupil. This will be very dramatic. Start making the shape going underneath This I brow here is eyeliner That makes the cats so intriguing creating that highlight and then filling filling in the pigment. After I have this shape, I could be a little quicker. Just work on the interior. I'll come back in, take a little more black, just black on my brush. Just add it to the top of the eye here and a little Prussian blue a little more black and I'll work on the second. I I'm gonna turn my paper to the side because I find it easier this way. Create my shape. And now I want my irises, um, my pupils to kind of match. So I see that this one is a little bit smaller than I need it to be. So just very carefully enlarge it. Then I'll go back in, take a little bit of the black and put it right at the top. Oh, at this layer dry, and then we'll come in and and some dark grey touches to our cat. 17. Painting Layer #9: So now, to add the darker grey touches to the face, you can use the gray that you have in your palate and just add a little more black to it or just makes a new one. So I'm just gonna take some black and a little bit of Prussian blue. I'll add a little sepia to that, and then a little bit of water. I don't want it to be black, black. I just wanted to be darker Grey. So to brush fulls of water make a sharp point with my number one brush and I'm gonna outline this I again pulling it very carefully, getting that shape going. I want there to be a lot of contrast between the for and this I turn it outside. This is where I can correct the shape. If my original color that I put down was too thick, I could just let it stay as a shadow and just add the correct shape with this darker color . Do the same thing on this side, pulling that color down, creating that nice shape. And even though our color isn't black, it creates a nice contrast. Nice deep color. Got a rinse my brush and switch to my ultra small brush My 5/0. Get a nice sharp point and I'm gonna go down, make little strokes for the mouth again. Very fine so that the first layer we put down will show through in spots. So there have the nice shape that I want. I'll do the same thing by outlining the nose. I want to make just a little bit of a hint of nostrils on either side, so it's gonna take some of this color and go up the knows just where the cat's nose kind of has a little in dentist split and just leave that just like that over its my brush. So it's damp and blend out the edges that it would take some of that original dark color that we had make a nice sharp point and outlined the knows right from that I to the nose on either side. This is the type of work that takes time and but adds a nice contrast to your finished piece. And then I'm gonna come in here with very short strokes. I'm gonna review this these three stripes on either side of the face. So this strike that I'm making right now is a lot sharper than the previous ones we've made going to the top of the area where we already added the late gray in the brown. I'm just pulling that in. Come over here a little bit of a rounded shape. They would take a sharp point of the brush, go around the face going over the area. We made the outline with the medium brown do on this side, too. Again not keeping any straight lines under the face, and we'll go under the hat as well. Now, when it is outlined, the body can making little hairs really outline a little pause again, a little bit of hair, just a little texture, and will make a few more dots little dabs for those paws, this time with this color. Lastly, I want to go over those stripes with this nice color. So here, and just get at a few missing a few spots here and there that I'm gonna take a very sharp point. This will finish up this area for now and create little strokes up the nose trying to keep the darkest color to the exterior of the nose Then, when my paper starts to dry, work on the interior can will take that brush, lighten the color a little and create strokes just around the eyes. Well, let this layer dry. We'll come back and add some touches to the face. 18. Painting Layer #10: with my number one brush coming here to pick up some of this color of the light color that we water down just a bit, make a nice sharp point of my brush, and then I'm gonna make some areas here where I want the angles to go up and I'm gonna add whiskers. So I'm just gonna make three angles, try and make it somewhat symmetrical on each side, and we'll let this layer dry before we add the whiskers. But that's the look I want to go for over there. Could a rinse my brush Take my sharp point in this dark color here, and I'm gonna really pull that color down to the nose with little brush strokes. Same thing on this side. Just some brush strokes. Good outline that knows one more time, neither side emphasizing those nostrils. And I'm gonna pull that color right over here underneath. That knows, two white in that mouth, right At that point, blend that color out just slightly. So there's no harsh edge Dry my brush, pick up some pigment and again one more time on the edge here of this face. I just want to create some brush strokes for that face changes the shape of the face ever so slightly creates, um, organic shape. And I go all the way up here by the hat. Take some of that lighter color on my brush and right here by the nose. I wanted just to get a little darker area of a triangle coming down almost like a little stripe. Pick up a little more color. I'm gonna add just a few little stripes coming down the face. Little Weise. I'm gonna pick up some of this dark color and just inside these stripes on make little strokes again following the shape we already created. Well, let this layer dry will come back and add some outlines. 19. Final Details: So now that my face is dry, I want to make some black without any of the blue in it. So is my number one brush. I'll put a little on my palette and just take a little bit of black and put it down. Switching out of my very small brush, Pick up that pigment. And I'm just gonna create the outline. I want to outline this hat again. Little strokes. Not a solid line. Just little areas to imply the perimeter of the pom pom in the brim. But I'll take a little more on my brush and just go right on this red here and create a little bit of a shadow. Put my piece over work on this side of my hat, creating that perimeter right down over here where it meets the cat's head and up top here where it meets the hat. But I want to outline up here, leaving that white spot dry on the paper just to create a little more shadow. Gonna flip this over picking up this color, making sure I have enough of my brush. And I'm just gonna add a few, um, whiskers. I want them really light and it's gonna be one continuous stroke. So I pick up my color try and match that up the same thing here. So I'll just add for on either side rinse my brush, take my large brush my number six brush and just create a little bit of a shadow here Gonna add my water to my paper Take a little of this deep green for Christmas A little bit of black with that and just deposited there on the paper A little more deep green in there Rinse my brush and blend that edge again And I wanted darkest closest to the cat And latest , further away Rinse my brush just like that And there we have our watercolor Christmas cat. 20. Class Wrap Up: So here we have our completed image. At this point, if you have your gel pen and you wanna creating highlights, make them whiter or just create any spots on your paper of bright white. Now is your chance to do that. We have our completed image here, and I want to show you just a slight variation. So here I took the same image and I painted it just slightly different colors. And as you can see, this face is a little wider, just by nature of how you draw on your template and the changes that you make. So every image that you paint will be a little different. At this point, I'll go over some of the highlights with white with my gel pen just making them nice and crisp. I hope youll try your hand at one of these Christmas cats and post your work in the project section. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes, and please consider leaving a review. Thanks for watching