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Earning Your Stripes: Cat Face Painting Master Class

teacher avatar Laura Pennock, Face Artist & Instructor: FAI

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      The Project


    • 3.

      The Cat Face and the Human Face


    • 4.

      Textures: Spots and Stripes


    • 5.

      Cat Features: The Ears


    • 6.

      Cat Features: The Eyes


    • 7.

      Cat Features: The Muzzle


    • 8.

      Placement: Cats in the Zone


    • 9.

      Adding Personality


    • 10.

      Demo 1: Fantasy Cat


    • 11.

      Demo 2: Cheetah


    • 12.

      Demo 3: Cougar


    • 13.



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About This Class

Cats look stunning on the human face, and offer enough textures, styles, and placements to inspire an endless variety of splendid designs.  This class with professional face painter Laura Pennock is a deep dive into the rich world of cat face painting, covering everything from cheek kitties to leopard masks to the iconic full-face tiger.

What You'll Learn

The Cat Face and the Human Face. You’ll see why cat faces integrate so naturally with the human face, and learn how to base out a basic full-face cat.

Textures: Stripes and Spots.  You’ll see nine different approaches to cat textures and find out how they apply to various cat species.

Cat Features

1. The Ears.  You’ll see six different approaches to cat ears and how to place them on a full-face design.

2. The Eyes.  You’ll see six different approaches to cat eye linework and how they influence the mood and style of the overall design.

3. The Muzzle.  You’ll see six different approaches to cat muzzles, including nose, mouth, and whisker elements.

Placement: Cats in the Zone. You’ll explore examples of ten different placements for cat designs.

Adding Personality.  You’ll learn how to incorporate accessories, symbols, and elements from other designs to create hybridized, individualized designs that connect with customers.

Three Start-to-Finish Demos

Demo #1: Fantasy Cat.  A full tutorial on an elegant and whimsical fantasy design.

Demo #2: Cheetah. A full tutorial on a cute, quick cheetah perfect for young children.

Demo #3: Cougar. A full tutorial on a fierce, full-face cougar that breaks the mold.

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Laura Pennock

Face Artist & Instructor: FAI


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1. Introduction: Lara Pennock here, and I have a question for you today. Are you ready to earn your stripes? As a painter, we often get asked to paint cats, big cats, little cats, kitty cats and ferocious tigers. It is one of definitely the top five. Maybe the top three most often requested designs that I get asked you if they say a cheetah or if they say a leopard, do you know what makes them different? What are the details that we can capture? We can master to be able to communicate that this is feline fantastic. So whether you're brand new beginner or whether you've been painting in the industry for five or six years, I hope they're things in this class you never knew or never thought of. Often we get second ruts, has face painters. We start doing a design, and we do it the same over and over and over. And that's wonderful for speed. And it's wonderful for consistency, but it really hurts our creativity. I want toe unlock and unleash the cat inside of you of oil. Got that? Wants to come out and through your fingers and onto the face. I want you to feel like you are giving birth to new creatures by mixing and matching and taking all of these little differences to create something new and beautiful that has never been seen before. 2. The Project: for the project. What you need to dio is using this page that has a bunch of little faces on it. We can do a quick sketch of what if I were to do the cats this way or what if I was to do the cats that way? And so it's a chance for us to do a rough draft because there is no rough draft to someone's face, and that is the idea of a thumbnail sketch so you can do this with colored pencil. You do it with crayon. You could do with marker. You can do this with face paint. Whatever brushes you normally use, just use a smaller size. Now you might be going for a cool cat kitty cat ver ferocious tiger. Whatever it is that you dio, I hope that you take each different section of this class and make every decision from his ears to his eyes, to his knows, what is it that is going to make your cats unique and also take things from the world around you? What are the spot pattern of your very favorite animal at your local zoo? Find a way to put your personality into the cats that you create for this class and we can see Oh, that was a great idea where we can see Oh, no, that was a bad idea. And we've already learned in two minutes what it may have taken us 20 minutes to figure out on large scale. We don't have to get out the water, and we don't have to get out the paper towels. Or we can do this while we're waiting for carpool, pick up or if we're at a doctor's appointment. So take this sheet, Lovett. Practice those lines, practice those designs and develop and then uploaded to the project section so we can see everybody's beautiful work, and we will create a house of cats all on our own. 3. The Cat Face and the Human Face: There's just something about the human face in the cat face that blends together in a really beautiful way. Not only is that one of the very first things that a face painter will learn how to paint typically, but it's also one of the most striking and the most exciting. One of the reasons that it's so awesome to face paint a cat onto a human is because of this triangle right here. If you drew lines between the two eyes down to the tip of the nose and back up, that triangle is very similar in proportion to the rest of the face as a cat or a tiger or the big felines were talking about, and that makes it absolutely beautiful. It makes it match. It makes it fit. And so, by just subbing those few features, it's amazing anywhere in the transition from pure human to pure Tiger woman fantasy. Ah, there is a cat every place along the way, and they all look gorgeous. We can take even just the piece. We can do just one. I or we can do it across half of the face or even just across both eyes in this really awesome. Ask way and it reads great. So I'm going to show you just the very simplest, most basic color here to get us started. All we're looking to do is we're looking toe, isolate each of the features and this is a market, a chisel, and we're going to put in the white is gonna be a little bit rounded, and then we're going to just fill in the top of the islet right there. And we're going to just do the muzzle here with that white go over the top lip. But we want to leave the bottom line. We are going to be painting the nose, and so I'm gonna load it up with pink. You can also use black, and we want to just be a triangle shape. And then instead of orange, I like to mix red and yellow because I feel like that lets me play around and get exactly the shade I want. And we're gonna cut across like that and we're gonna paint this strangle and you can see why I love this brush. It's got so many bristles in it that it just keeps going. I like to add just a little bit of a bump right there to make the ear look a little better than right here. We're going to come out and down, come down to the corner of the eye, and then we go out and down. Okay, so that's a really nice cat base for whatever cat you're trying to dio. It's going to help us in our next step. 4. Textures: Spots and Stripes: illustration. There is this technique called textures or patterns. So, like if a woman has address in our illustration, we can add a pattern to that dress and adds interest. Well, the beautiful thing about cats is they come with their own patterns. So we have these beautiful cheeks or the forehead that normally on a design or on an animal would just be plain. And so sometimes we'll stencil on or something. But for a lot of tigers and cheetahs, we've got these stripes and we've got these spots. But we can also spend time making look however we want. And so in this section, I want you to pay attention to how we can develop ourselves and our abilities to create these patterns and these textures with spots and stripes. And so this handout, which is in the project section, is called your Spots and Stripes. This is a texture practice, so you can go to pictures of riel, tigers and riel cheetahs and look how majestic they are. Why wouldn't we want to learn from the real deal? Right? If you want to learn what a banana tastes like, do not try a banana flavored Chapstick that is not the right taste. You can also look at scrapbooking paper or you could just play. But let me show you some of the ones I like. So one of my very favorite spots to Dio it's almost like the footprint of a goat kind of a teardrop e ball so thin and then lay it down here. And then I do a full circle, um, with the other half, and we can do it in other directions and we could mix up the sizes. And this Once you get this down with your round, brush these air ridiculously fun two draw and you'll end up putting spots on anything. Let's do two more that play with that so we can do it where we have our first spot and we can make it bigger. And then we do a little dot in between. So there's our 1st 1 and then our 2nd 1 comes around, and then a little thought we can leave more of a space in between and then the dot so you can really see a good this u shape with a dot you shape with it up. Okay, so one more variation is that you can go in with any color you want, so I'm gonna do a few different colors. So here's brown and a pink ones. So messy dots spots of whatever call you what and then we just do our little dots around him, and that's that's great. But let's do one more spot here. We don't even have to dio open. We can just do enclosed and this could be great. Okay, I love it now. One thing that's really fun, and I'll show you on the middle one because we've still got some space in there is if we mix and match so we have this one. But then we just add a few of these smaller dots to kind of fill in some of the empty space . One of the biggest mistakes that we can make is to not leave empty space, though, but so often what I'll dio is I will go in thin to thick to thin sees are are absolutely beautiful, thin to thick to thin, and then you can leave it alone. Or you can do a dry brush technique, which is really hard with markers. I'm going to do with lines and that's just to pull the color. This one's a little more fantasy than realistic, but it's absolutely beautiful. I love those. So then what I dio is I come in here and I just have these trail in a direction so that this is a stripe of spots if you will, um, and look how effective and how fun that is. And we can add those dots. Teoh these ones as well. And maybe we want it to be really thick over here. When we're painting full faces, we don't have the time and a look at dots and be like them how we feel about these spots. And so it's really nice to do an activity like this, and your kids will eat this. Up to now. Let's talk about stripes. There are so many, many, many options on this one. Let's just start with the basic tiger stripes, so we go thin to thick to thin. There's a stripe, then any direction I go to, I also try and come from, and we can make these, and if we just do a variety of lines and V's, But we're trying to keep these really thin to thick to thin and in one direction so that it has a nice flow. But there you go, those air, nice tiger. Or they could even be a little bit of zebra. So this time, instead of it just being one direction, I want there to be a focal point. And so I'm gonna leave this middle space empty. And so this is gonna bend around that middle space, and I'm still doing it really nice and smooth. But you can see I've got that nice middle. Now I might come from the bottom and come up and down. That one is a V. And so then over here, let's dio the opposite and keep it more oven end. But this just allows us to have more of a conversation. But you can see that all of the lines are interacting well with each other. What does it look like when I like doesn't interact? Well, well, if we touch it at a weird spot like Okay, what's happening there? I don't know, Um and you can have some boxes that you fill with lines and spots. We can also do really thin lines are really thick lines, you know, take your time to kind of figure out OK, what is it that I'm trying to say? But what I want to show you next is I want to show you the wiggle tiger stripe. Now that doesn't look as pretty and flowy. But let's be really tigers are like fierce monster beasts. We don't need it to be gorgeous. We need it to be rial. We can practice with this putting our brush down and then wiggling the brush and then picking it back up to get a little bit more vibrance and intensity. And then even from here, we can come in and we can smear. Just choose one side of your line that you want a fuzz out and you can get some really awesome blending going on for your tiger stripes. So again, by isolating just this single thing, all we're trying to do is to learn to paint a good tiger stripe and you can see same color , same marker. But these two at the bottom have a very different feel to up on. This last one will do a collage of some really cool shapes. And this is what I like to call a wildcat. And by doing a wildcat. It lets us do whatever we want and it still gets to count. Um, because it's not a bobcat, it's not a cheetah. And so you're not going to get a kid saying That's not what a cheating really looks like of its a lot of fun to come in and to just have the freedom to do whatever you want, because there's not gonna be anybody that judges at the end and by looking at again pictures of real cats by looking at T shirt designs and whatever. Start collecting all of these different stripes and spots. And then when you go to paint a tiger, you're gonna be like Oh my gosh, I want to do it this way or I want to try it that way. 5. Cat Features: The Ears: wear looking to transform a human into a cat. One of the things that we can do to make it a little bit simpler is to break it down and to do each feature on its own. So take a look at the ear and then at the I, then it the nose. And as we go through and we build each piece together will become stronger, more confident, and mixing and matching will become a whole lot more fun. Let's focus on the ears of a tiger. If we tilt him like this there that years, we're right on the top as we tilt him down there, right in line with the top of the head. And if we turn him even more now, the top of the head is above that years. And as we look at them right here, that inside of the ear is right above the people. And the outside of this here is also right in line with the ice. And so if we were to draw Tiger ears on this humans face, we would put the ear right here. But how are we going to use that information to translate it onto just the skin part of the face and again, the perspective that we take right here. We have barely any forehead at all. We can put those years anywhere, But just remember the story that we're trying to tell. So we have. Our eyebrows are eyebrows I like to think of as the top of the head fish. We can come in here and we think, color the forehead and then put the ears and I have the ears. We want it to end at the corner of the eye, just like a tiger. But instead of being able to bring it all the way up, we need to keep it right there. And so we can see. Now we have forehead and we have the eyes, and that's all great. And we can, even if we want to cover part of the eyelid, right under the eyebrow with the orange. So this is a good way to be able to include the ears in a design. Ah, lot of Tiger face paints because it's like this. We don't draw that years. This is often What you'll see is we come in and we just draw the entire Tigers face and That's why it fits so nice. But it can be really fun. Toe add the ears when we're painting a cat, so the 1st 2 I want to show you is if we keep them pointed. So coming from the eyebrow, we can scoop all the wave and here's another. And then let's do the rounded here. I like to always use rounded ears whenever I am doing little cubs. Or if I'm doing a big cat like a tiger or a cheetah, come here. And often I don't like to have the forehead and the ears be on exactly the same line, so all either have the ears go up or I'll even have the forehead go off now for some awesome line work. We're gonna go thin to thick to thin down here and thin to thick to thin over here. And then we come and we curl up and down and we add just a couple little lines like that, and we can even extend like that. Okay? And we have this really nice, like almost paisley shape, and this has it looking like that years kind of forward and curling away so that it's listening cause thes animals could move their ears in this direction. It just has a little bit more forward and then just up and down and a few little lines there. And that is just a very basic kitty ear. Super easy to dio. So this one's really similar. But one of the things I like to dio is I like to curve up and then I stopped and I just leave the rest on outlined because I think that looks good. So then I have the inside of the ear there that I flick and then I come in and then I like to do just a little fuzz because I feel like that looks nice. And then I bring this and this will usually come all the way down to the corner of the eye and will attach to the eyeliner right there. And then this last pair we've got that awesome eyeliner going on already that we learned about. And then I like to come all the way up and over and all the way up and over, and then we can come down and in on around, and then we just fuzz this light. So those were just some really fun ways to play with ears on cats. You just want to make sure that you have a good feel for what is the outside and what is the inside? 6. Cat Features: The Eyes: here on the page you can find in the project section, we have the chance to practice just the tiger's eyes in a sketch form. We can see that we have the shape of the eyebrow and the shape of the eyelid that are already giving us some beautiful guidelines to go by. So a simple eyeliner right here coming up, we could make it even a little bit thicker in either direction. And down is a great start to a tiger. I we can even bring it back up just a little bit on the outside edge corner right there. You want to paint this once Their eyes are open, but we can even come in and do the bottom like that. And you can see that that is very striking and gorgeous. Now, if we don't want to paint quite so close to the I painted as though that I were open. So we come to the corner of the eye and we touched down and then we just paint that same shape that I would have if it was open. Now I am doing this with a brush pin. It just makes it a little bit cleaner. and faster. But if you want to practice your brush techniques, by all means, please do this in face paint. Now, another thing we can do from this eye makeup design is we can bring a second line right down here and then go up and cut that top eyebrow in half just to give it that extra little flick. And we can like we did over here. So follow the eyebrow a little bit and cut it, and there we can see a whole nother I Look, let's say this time we want an angry tiger eye so we can do the same thing we did up here. But instead of coming down here to a point, we can do a flick like a human a little bit more, but then end with that tiger stripe. It's a little flick and up it goes. And then any time we have these I lines, we can bring the tiger stripes down from the forehead, of course, that you can see that that is just so effective. And if we want to even bring on I cornered down towards that knows we certainly can adds to the strength there. Oh, that's awesome one that I think is beautiful again. We start with that little inner strike, and then we come up and over and down right here. And this one works really well. Unlike a fantasy tiger, it gives us the chance to show and to highlight the beautiful shape, oven eyelid. But then we can come and we can have still the winged eyeliner. So we still are elongating the I in the beautiful cat shape. But it gives us that beautiful open space. And again, this is going to have all of the tiger stripes added into the design leader. Now, remember, you don't just have to follow along with what I'm doing here. You can also use this template to go to some of your favorite artists or to go on the Pinterest into face painting tiger, and then look at just what is done in the eyes on your favorite tigers and try and see if you can replicate it here on our sheet. So another one is just the simple I like we did before, but this time go up and over and then we're still getting that cat I. But we're keeping it contained and then, with just a damp brush, come in and fuzz out those boundaries, and this will give like, ah, hollow, ethereal look. And you can see every time this cat opens and shuts their eyes. There's going to be that moment of who a cat's looking at me like we feel when it's a real cat. And remember any of these designs we can add those little kitty freckle things in the corners. I love that. Okay, so we're down to our last one. So here's an example of one that we can do that brings the eyes kind of into the ears, and this is cutting the eyebrow in half again. And then we can do the I R. Under the eye. Either way to just give us that line out without the curving in. It just has more of the dramatic feel and not the angry feel like we had before. But then we can come in with the shading, and we can shade inside of that V, and that's going to give us the inside of an ear look. So we're looking for drama, and those are some of the different ways that we can do the line work on our Tigers ice 7. Cat Features: The Muzzle: I wanted to show you some different shapes that we can have to this muzzle so we can start at the corner of the nose and come in and just have a very small muscle. Or we might want to have a very big muzzle and keep it nice and round. What if we wanna have one muzzle that has more of a diamond shape? So we come out and down, and then here we wanna have this one be just nice and swoopy. So we're gonna come out and and then let's do one that is tall and thin. So we do up, let's make this one really big. So we come out. OK, so there we are with our color. We've put our bases in our noses there next, so we can do pink noses. Weaken, do black noses weaken, do shaded noses. There are all kinds of options. So when I do a pink nose, you can see here that we have what I like to refer to as the shadow zone. So the part of the nose that is always going to be colored because it's underneath and we want to make sure that we paint that part of the nose. So we come in and we do a V shape with our pink, and then we follow that be so that's a great shape. But sometimes we get these cute little girls that want to be a cute little kitty, and it can be really fun to just put a little heart. And we want to go up on top of the nose a little bit more and just dip a little bit into that shadow zone. And then, for this last knows. I want to show you how we can extend beyond the nose and then down onto the lip area and then come down and do RV and then back out and down. And this creates a beautiful, big strong knows. So let's finish up with our black nose is now. So, for this knows, I like to be able to do one where I come up and down, and V it ends up just being a nice, elegant feline form. Now, if that's intimidating for you, we can keep it simple, and we can do what we did with pink. But just keep it black, which is just more of a strong V and we can even bring that down just a little bit onto the lip. Or we can have a nice, plunging V that goes all the way down into that shadow zone and then we can bring that out and down and up and make it really fantastic. We're not even trying to hit like Israel. We're just going for strong and one of the things I love to do, especially when I'm looking to make it beautiful and still strong at the same time, is to do a reverse up. We can add just a little flick on either side of this nose to say Hey, I am not Justin knows I am a bridge of the nose that can look really good, especially if we've got orange all the way down onto that. With these pink noses, we also have the chance to outline or to not outline, like this cute little heart. I probably wouldn't outline the heart. I feel like it's got its boundary. It's great, but with some of these look, how nice with we bring that on. I love to do this on house cats and to add that little V shape in black. I feel like is nice. And then, for this one, we can again add that V shape there. And we can even, like, fill this in. And any time it's not symmetrical, it just means you're not done. And so we can just fill in with our line work any area that it's not perfect and, ah, lot of times for me. And I'm like, Oh, I love that I love having that heavier dark when we can add those little flicks to say This is the bridge of the nose So we have the nose. We kind of have the boundary of the muzzle. We know what we're going for and we always want to cut the lip. We can do that with a thin line. If we're just hinting that this little girl is a kitty, we might just wanna have a little bit of a line. We can even go onto the lip with a little V. That's the reverse, and that adds a really nice cat feel with this one here, we can add that V down there at the bottom, or we can accentuate the V that's coming down from the top or we can do a super thin line. And I think that that is beautiful then for this last one because we're doing more of, like, a fantasy thing. How cool would it be if we just add a little dot right here? We get to control the story. We're the ones telling the story. So don't be afraid to change the story. So let's come right on back up to show the outline. So for this 1st 1 I'm just going to keep it really simple. I like to start at the corner of the mouth and I do a little flick and then I go to the top of where I want to do and these air usually teardrops and I do a little flick. Now I have a beginning and an end, and all I have to do is connect him. And it's so much easier for cemetery. I like to start on the side that I can't see, and when I move over here, I can watch the side. I already did. And then from here, we're just gonna follow this curve down and scoot in earlier and scoot in earlier and scooted earlier. Come over here. Scoot in, scoot in, scooted and you can see that looks nice, but I think we can make it look nicer. And one of the ways we do that is we just come in here and we fill in these little triangles. So we make a triangle, fill it and make a triangle, Philip, and you can see that's looking cat. Love it. Okay, so we're going to make ah, harder line here on this kitty. We're gonna come Goethe sick and then pull back to do thin. Oh, we're coming down sick. Hold back to do thin. Then what we're gonna do is we're gonna just to a series of dots and then smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller. And to do this with a brush, all you have to do is adjust how hard you're pushing. And any time you end up like thinking that space is too much, just throw dot and it makes it perfect. And so we've got this big muzzle. I'm going to show you two different ways to finish this so we can come thin to thick to thin, and I'm going to just cut that in a little. So it matches the other side and then we'll color that orange and then over here thin, too. We can just come in with big, bold strikes. It's awesome, but something we can do that makes it even more awesome is as we're coming down instead of striking from the line. If we lay down like a teardrop and then strike out side of the line, it's gonna add just a little bit of interest on the outside of the line. And that added weight is just it's another muzzle option. So for this one, we're just gonna follow these lines, get a damp brush, and we can fuzz this line right here and by simply fuzzing it. That gives the feeling like it's projecting, and that's really awesome. And you would do this over the orange and it just makes a dark, shady orange, and then you can do lines on top of that. So let's just do two lines and have them be very pronounced, and that's a super cute muzzle. Whenever I do a really small muzzle, I trying just be like, Yeah, I'm not making this a big deal. And so here's a big sweep triangle again. We don't have to follow the rules and have something new, emboldened, beautiful that, Yeah, that's his cat, but it's in a new language. This last one is one where we are doing more of a design, and I love that on this one. Let's grab our wet brush and just pick that up and then just bring the dots on that aren't even black by just changing the color from the line work. And you can even use this wet brush to pull some of these lines out. You can do it once with a wet brush, and then you can do a white on top and adds even more depth. Even more interest. Whiskers sometimes look like the cherry on top, and sometimes it just gets in the way. So that's something again that you can play with. Do I like the whiskers or do I not 8. Placement: Cats in the Zone: way have kids that we get a paint their entire face. Another times they want something small just on their cheek. So here in the slideshow, I want you to pay attention to how we can put a cat anywhere on the face. Take a look at how wonderful it is to cover every bit of skin you can with these designs. It's so much fun and it's vibrant, and it really captures the energy of the kid with the energy of the cat. It's wonderful. Katz's half face designs are excellent because it's a lot quicker than painting the whole thing. We don't have to worry about cemetery, and you get to still see the kid when we look at doing a cat as a mask. I absolutely love the way it goes right across the eyes. It makes the cat look younger, and so instead of the big mama cat or the Papa cat, we've got this cute little kitty cat. It also makes it great because we don't go around the mouth. And in case the little kid has a runny nose, we get to skip both of those challenging areas and focus just across the eyes it reads so well. Crown designs are so popular when we're painting princesses, but it's a really fun zone to do. A cat in Cats are such lounge E characters. They love to just hang out, and so it's really fun to give them a place to hang out. Let him hang out of there on the forehead. It's also a wonderful place to be able to express a cat if you've got a ferry mask going on , but you want to sneak in a little extra. Jungle cheek Art is one of the places where cats really shine. We have this big surface to just go in there and get some little kitty action or even a tiger or a cheetah. Little kids love these animals, and so being able to paint them in any zone is really powerful. Painting on the arms and hands is really fun to do, and people like cats everywhere, so it'll silhouette. Kitty was so much fun to dio. Cats on the I design are really fun there quick, and they're very expressive, whether you're doing an illustration based cat or whether you're just adding some decorative marks to make somebody look like they are part cat. This can go tough, too cool, too beautiful. It's all available. Mouth designs are kind of tricky because they move a lot. They twitch a lot. People could be take Alicia on their lips. But it is such a fund zone because as soon as you're done painting it comes to life and it never goes back to sleep. You get smiles and growls and yawns and all of these really fun things. Take a look at this cat on the nose. It's so much fun to use the nose as the head of a little creature. And so what better way than to give a mama baby look right here in the middle of the face. It can be tough to know how to cover a bald head and orange with black stripes is a great way to go. Each zone brings with it its own benefits and drawbacks, so choosing the one that will fit the kid that you're about to paint is a really important part of the job. 9. Adding Personality: Once you get this and you're feeling confident, you want one more thing to make it special, to add personality or to add a story to what's going on. One of the things that we can dio is simply by adding an accessory. We can put a bow up on this kitty's head, and now we have a kitty that is going to a party. And so she has a bow. You know, we can just do a one stroke swipe with a fund color, and you can play this up. You can say, Oh, Mom, I'm putting ah, collar on her so that in case she gets lost today, people will be able to get your kitty back to you or whatever. It's really fun to help him feel like nobody else has ever had this exact design before, because chances are they haven't it could be fun to pull in a number if it's a sports hand , or even the name of the team can look great in your design. So I love to be able to take the cat that somebody has asked for, but then mix in either a surprise or a flare from something else. that's going on, whether it's a holiday or something that they're wearing, maybe your a breast cancer awareness or something. It doesn't have to be elaborate, but by adding just that extra little bit, that personality, that story, we are sharing more of ourselves and people could tell people can see that. Oh my goodness, she made that special for you. It can be really meaningful, and it can create magic while creating the face paint. So take a look at thes fund designs that are hybrids. We can have a cat that is also doubling as a butterfly or a cat that is doubling is a superhero. Or we can have a cat that is part cat, part mermaid, part cat, part Unicord. It's really fun to do these mash ups and kids love them. We can even look at adding something scary, like part Tiger parts skeleton. But sometimes it could be really fun to just give it a personality. Are we a cat that hates a dog? Are we a cat that is a prima ballerina, or are we a vicious cat that took a swipe it somebody? So you have a cute little girl that gets a tiger. And so then you put some angry cat scratches on the dad. It's really fun to just give that extra little flare, especially if it's a family that you're enjoying working with. Don't forget the power in harnessing what everybody loves grabbing a rainbow. Some swirls. Even a little tribal can bring out some of the design elements that make our strong suit. You know, you can pull in. Hey, I'm really good at flowers. I'm gonna put that in there with a cat, and it helps elevate our work. Just remember, the most important part is that everybody's having a good time. You are having a good time. The person you're painting is having a good time, and that, really is what informs most of my decisions. 10. Demo 1: Fantasy Cat: here. I want to show you a fantasy cat. Thes cats are so much fun to paint because there are no rules. So with a lot of fun and so bright colors and some bold lines take a look at what we can dio. I'm going to start with a sponge base and I like to use a sponge for the white first because it lets me mark out my areas and then I get CRISPR line work. So I'm gonna have you open your mouth and it's gonna feel kind of funny like this. There we go. And I do this so that I don't get any white on the bottom lip. Three is going right around and we're choosing how big to make the muzzle. And I want the council to come up here and down and up on this side. And then I like to leave a little bit of white on the nose, and I also don't want to pull this white all the way out. We just want to do a really pretty, almost like a almond shape on her eye. So we're going right over the eyebrow, and you might want to spend even a little bit of extra time on the eyebrow, just wiggling back and forth and then smoothing the brow back down and you can see the already. We've got the look of a cat from the top of where the year connects to the head straight down to the corner of the mouth. That is the line that we're turning to follow. And I like to start on the inside and get the inside, and I'm pinching because that makes the high density sponge even higher density. And then I roll the sponge back and we just do the bottom line. And I feel like that gives me a much cleaner sponging than trying to do it all at once, and I bring it as close to that white as I can. This boundary will end up with black line work, and so I don't have to go too far over it. I like to do one side and then the other, and I keep going back and forth because I feel like that gives me a better chance at symmetry. Now we have this little corner here. I can just pull on her cheek a little bit and then get the little tip of my sponge right in there. Okay, so now we have across the top. So what I like to do is I like to flip my brush and get the darker color down here on the nose. But I feel like this gives us the chance toe have more color. Now we just have to color that forehead. And this is one of the easiest parts because we don't have to work around on your facial features. I've got a nice pearl as the back of my one stroke. And so it just adds that shimmer that is so pretty. And then we just roll over and, Oh, look at that pink coming in and then just padding in between to blend the two. And that's really nice, because you want to make sure that your ends air clean and then in the middle is where we're trying to just blend. And then anywhere you still haven't opened but a skin you can just go in with your sponge and touch it up. But I can see that I got a spot here that I wish was white. And it isn't so. This could be a really nice time to come in with the star blends and just touch up any of those corners. Now we're going to do the language. And as you can see, we've got all kinds of different round brushes that we can choose. It starts here. I've got a three of four and eight, and the difference between these brushes is going to be the thickness of the tiger stripes . And so I'm gonna go with the medium brush. The most important part of the face is going to be the ice. And so we want to make sure that we do a really good job. They're so that's usually where I start because she's being an amazing model. But every once in a while you're doing this on a three or four year old. That's only going to let you get halfway through. And I would much rather have a wiggly stripe up here somewhere then right by the ice. I like to start with one strike down right there and then I'm gonna come up and I'm gonna pull and just follow that right around, and that just gives us a really nice, crisp, clean edge between the white and the color. Now, this fantasy tiger is one of my favorites to do a symmetrical And so I want to keep this first line the same. And then we're gonna build off of those in different ways. So we're gonna bring the corner of the eye. We're down there now when you're painting right next to the I, sometimes you can check on the back of your hand to make sure that your pain isn't too runny if it's too runny, if it's by the corner of the eye, chances are it's going to go in the I make it a little bit thicker. And then I'm also gonna bring this line up on what you can see. It's happening. Here is it's tugging at the eyelid. Just get your paint a little bit thinner, and that lets your brush slip over the skin a little easier. And with a fantasy tiger, I really love the asymmetry. But I also like there to be flow and movement, and so I pick one side often. It's my right side because I'm right handed and I'm gonna build the majority of my lines here and here, and then I'm going to do just some lighter lines over here and over here with maybe a few little dots mixed in. I want to go ahead and I want to follow this curve because we laid that in first and it looks beautiful, but we don't want to just keep going around the eye. And so this is a perfect chance to build up and to do kind of a tribal line right there. This point right here in the center is where we're always kind of targeting. We're gonna pull another curved teardrop right there. That comes down into that nice point. We're gonna actually go across the center line, and by doing that, we show that we are not going for cemetery. So we just follow this beautiful arc and then too thick to thin lines on every single one of these, and I can see that there's a little bit of a space here that I'm not really happy with. And so you can always just tuck on extra something. In fact, we're just gonna make those touch, cause that looks awesome. So now I think of like an s curve. So we've curved around this way and we wanted to come down and swoop. That way we can bring it up, swoop again, and then we just keep following. And once you get to a place where you're at a corner, you just want to take a line in the other direction. And then, of course, that gives us this little 0.1 more on the inner side here. Now I like to finish up the rest of the tiger, and I just want to clip the top of the nostril and have it Bring that down and swoop that down. And then I like to paint the inside of the natural just a little. And you want to make sure when you're painting the knows that you're straight on because if you paint from the side, it will look great from the side. But nobody looks at a face came from inside there. I was like, Oh, show me your face and then it's like and like a good nose, so we don't want that. So then we're gonna go straight down and cut the muzzle into you can widen it a little bit and get a good start on either side. And they were gonna come. We're gonna end And that takes the I'm trying to make this look symmetrical problem all the way way. So then, from this line, we're going to just lay down and then pick up a Zoe curve, lay down and pick up this we curve, and then down here, we're gonna just talk to little teeth. This is a fantasy, tiger. And so that means that we can add very round dots. We're going to just start and we're going to dio a Siri's of these trailing half seas and then maybe a few little dots up and down. Think of if you're drawing grass. So who is in black grass? And that's going to give us a really beautiful, furry look to just break up that line to here By not painting the entire face and leaving this blank, it creates a smaller face. You know, you wouldn't see a cat with a big, manly jaw. And remember, we're going a cemetery. So we've got the beautiful lines up here and down here, and so are line of the seas is going to be from this direction. We've got these beautiful sees, and then we can put one over here one over here, and then I just want to connect them more dots. And having some big open spaces is beautiful, too. We don't want to mess with that too much, but as you look over here on this line, we've got a lot of our minds here that are all ending. And so we just want to add that for effect before that looks plenty furry and then add it a little bit after. And so now we just have are white and our sparkles left some little fangs. I'm using just the very tip of my brush to get just a few little highlights just on the inside of this for you want to be a little bit on the wet side and just add some trailing dots inside and outside. I've got a lot of paint, so on my brush. So if you lay it down on the back of your hand and rotate your brush and lay it down on the back of your hand. Now we have a very flat brush that has paint there at the tip, and we can just add a few very wispy whiskers. We're gonna grab just a little bit And because we've got such a nice opening up here, I like to use a really light color. So a snowflake or this one has a little bit of gold in it and just add it to the top. So we've got kind of a greenish blue Go ahead and close your eyes that we can just do our loose glitter right over the top. And I'm applying this with a dry finger because I don't want to add water to my lines. Got a pink and purple blend that I'm just gonna add Most of this will fall off and that's okay. Finishing touch. I'd like to wait and do the lip at the end like litter. Lip is just the perfect thing you need on a fantasy. If your child has been really good and you're feeling brave, um go ahead and keep your face right where it's at, but look up at the ceiling for me. Then you can add one more line and you just do a down strike there and then go just like that. But that just adds a tiny bit more of the Catholic. Oh my gosh, really, 11. Demo 2: Cheetah: cheetahs are so fun to paint, and I can't wait for you to check out this next demo in painting a cheetah. There are just a couple of things that you need to pay attention, Teoh. But one of the things I love is that cheetahs, instead of being with the big cats, they are one of the biggest little cats, which make them an awesome thing to put on a kid's face. I love to start by basing out this white. I use a star blends, and I just go over the area and the muzzle. Now cheetahs are unique in that the muzzle touches the eye area, and so I make sure that I make that really strong in the base so that he build the color around that cheetahs are usually yellow, but little kids love all kinds of colors, so I'd like to use the eyes as a place to just put in a little pop of blue or pink or purple. I like to use 1/2 inch filbert to do my base color, and so I loaded up with yellow. But then a little tiny bit of orange or pink on the outside gives me a light and dark color . Now, a cheetah is basically three triangles, one on the forehead and one on each cheek. So I start by drawing the outside of the triangle, keeping the dark color on the outside and then using the site of the brush with the yellow . I just feel that triangle in. I want to make a crisp line from the corner of the year down towards the muzzle, but I want to make sure that the muzzle on a cheetah goes down below the area that has the color. So then I just fill in this bottom part of the forehead triangle that goes all the way down to the tip of the nose. Now, sometimes I may have the paint a little bit thin and so you can load up just the yellow and touch anything out. Then I like to pick another color. Now these spots will look a little more like a leopard than a cheetah. But they're so cute, and I like to use odd numbers. So I go for 3 to 5 spots in each triangle and often different sizes, whatever you like for a line work, we want to make sure we have a really thin load. I like to paint on top of the cake until it feels creamy, but still a little on the slick side. And to get that, I often use ah, harder paint like a dfx or wolf. Now, big cats are terrifying up close from far away. They're awesome. But if you see the for on a big cat, you know you're about to die. And so, in order for a face painting toe look like a big cat. We don't want all the fuzz and fluff that we have on our little kiddies because they're not on our laps. And so I'll still hide a little bit of for on the tip of the ear on the side of the cheek, but across the top and on the side, where I do the little swoop down to the muzzle, I like to keep it a straight line. Now, in these little corners, I like to fill in just a little bit of a rounding edge. It adds a little more crispness and sharpness to the design from the corner of the cheetahs . Here, I like to draw a line that goes all the way down. And this dark black line is a lot of what says, Hey, I'm a cheetah. Don't get me mixed up with any of those other cats, Then for the muzzle. I love to do dots, because if we do thick black on the border of the muzzle and then thick black on whisker lines, it just ends up being a whole lot of black. Now I start going around and just doing my double teardrop edges toe all of these spots. I start by going around all of the existing spots, but then I want to go back and put in all of the little dots to fill in any of the big open spaces that I want to just have a look. Cheetah for this Cheetah knows I love to do the V and take it on either side. Keep it simple. I really want those thick black lines to be what stands out about this muscle. Using the white to highlight the fuzz areas just gives it even more of a furry tone, and then I can use this same load on my brush to go in and put in some of the whiskers I like to add the whiskers at different places along that black line so that it looks more natural. I love the little dots that we add two butterflies and two ferries, and mixing those into the cheetah is so cute and perfect. Now, any time that I have orange lapsing over, I just take star blend that kind of dole it out, or I'll just use a brighter white to do a reverse teardrop up. It adds. This bright strike over the dollar star blends the evening just ends up looking wonderful, adding a loose glitter to the overall design. And this wonderful lip color just gives this cheetah the extra zing that it needs, and it is a terrific little kitty toe add to our repertoire. 12. Demo 3: Cougar: as a proud alumni of a school with a Cougar mascot. This is a must in my book, but even if you've never painted this cat before, it's definitely one worth trying. It has so much masculine, ferocious, and there's a little bonus on how to paint when the eyes are closed. When I'm painting a face, I like to have something about it that makes it special, something that makes it cooler than what they were expecting. And so I like to just add this pop of color, and we're just rolling that color. You can use one color or a couple going from the lips to the eyes. There's this triangle, and that's the triangle We want to keep this cat in, so we're gonna put one ear right over there, and I'm not doing the entire eyebrow. I'm doing the 2nd 2/3 of it, and then we're gonna come here, and we're going to keep this muzzle a little bit smaller, and this is just a white star blends. You can do it with a stark white, but I really like the layered textured look. Now I sometimes do this with a filbert, but I'm going to use a 3/4 inch brush. This time I'm loading up two tones of brown. I'm gonna outline the borders of this cat design and by angling my brush, it paints a lot thinner. You can see that's only about half a stick is my brush. You just want to keep that angle going up in, around over, on this other side as well. And then we go above the year and we're gonna paint an M shape. This gives us the feeling that the center of his head is following that cougar school then because we want this to be a strong cat, we want to keep this actually quite wide. So we're using that dark on the outer part, coming down to the outside of the nose on either side. There you can even grab the darker edge and just try and pull that out just a little bit further. And we want this muzzle toe look like it's further forward. So coming back up here to the corner of the eye, we're gonna bump out for the cheek and then bring this in forward, and I like to make sure that this stays very narrow. Gonna bump out for the cheek and then come down and then pull up just the slightest. And we go under the eye on under the eye over here. If the kids older, you can have them open their eyes for this part, and then we can just kind of tuck down doing a little bit more of a feathering motion so we don't have that strong line. Okay, so I'm just blowing up a nice black and to do this, I I like to lay down a teardrop right there on either side. That just gives us ah, kind of corner of the eye to go from and we're going to make thes eyes large. We're gonna scoop it around, and because this is a boy, I don't want to do the pointed shape, but we're just going to come into the center and we're gonna add the people here, and that is going to give this cat a total life of its own. Okay, so from right here, we want to cut up a little bit on either side right at the base of that year. And then we just traced the inside of the ear. We curl up over the top, and then we do a little bit of for. And then if there's any white left, I just kind of fill it in over here on this side. We're gonna come down at a little bit of for over on the cheek, and then we're just gonna swoop that in. Now. Across the top, you have the top of, like, an apple or a peach. That little crossover. I think it adds interest. And then I just feel in that V corner with a little bit of black. So I like to try and finish once that layer is dry with everything else I need so that they can open their eyes if they want to. So I want to just soften this top line so that it doesn't look quite as harsh. It also makes it look a little bit more realistic, and down into the corner of that. I sometimes that can trigger the tear, reflects if they're older, just letting them know that this isn't paint. It's water can actually prevent that. It's pretty incredible. Gonna load up some white real quick and put in just a few highlights, so I like to add a nice, strong highlight. You can see that these pupils are more oven oval than a circle, and that's just because it is a cat. Let's add a little bit of highlight to the top of the ears, maybe one up there and add one to the nose and a little bit of for on either side, so loading out pink with just this little edge of red. I like to try and edge whenever I can because it gives more depth to the painting. That's why you love one stroke. We spent so much time making sure we had a wide knows. I want to make sure that we capture that feeling all the way across. But we make sure we still have that V upon the top. We need to make sure we come down mawr onto the upper lip. I'm going down to size three liner brush, nice and feeling right there. Then I'm gonna do just the smallest crewing up and add just a couple flicks. I'm not gonna worry about all the dots and the whiskers, but I am gonna add our things and then I'm gonna outline his nose. And when we get to the centre. I'm gonna just pull it down just a little bit again. One of the things that when people see that there would be like, Oh, that's a cat. I'm going to just take it up with smallest little teardrop and then curved that down and around. Now I loaded up my red and pink, and then I've wiped it off. So this is a very faint color, and I just want to blend the black just a little across the top of the nose so that it has more depth now showing him what he looks like a Superfund. But it's a little hard because he looks so cool right here now. But he won't be able to get the full effect. And so this is a great time to take a picture or have Mom and Dad take a picture on, then have it ready and say, OK, this is what you look like having look in the mirror and they say this is what it looks like when your eyes are closed, you could get two big reveals, which is super fun 13. Conclusion: Thank you for joining me on this wonderful tour of the feline world is amazing how many things we have covered. And I really hope that you let me see your fantastic felines. I hope you have enjoyed mine and anything that you want to know Throat on the discussions page and ask some questions. What is it that you feel like I didn't cover. If there are things that you need everybody to know, put it in your project. I would love to come and see what you learned about cats while you went on this journey.