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Let's Paint Cats - Fun Watercolor Kitties!

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      Projects and supplies


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      Project 1


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      Project 2


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      Project 3


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In this course, Let's Paint Cats - Fun Watercolor Kitties, I will share with you all about using watercolor to create cats!  There will be tons of tips and tricks I've learned after years of kitty painting! 

This is a fun and loose way to approach the subject of cats which combines feline personality and unexpected color use.  The project will help you get a handle on using watercolors so you can apply it to all types of subjects.

There are three full realtime painting projects for you to follow as well as a complete supply list I use during the lessons.

If you love cats and want to paint them, you are in the right place!  So Let's Paint Cats!

PS I mention in this course about my book Painting Happiness - Creativity with Watercolor.  If you are interested you can find it HERE!

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Terry Runyan

Visual Artist & Creative Encourager



Hi!  I'm Terry Runyan Visual Artist and Creative Encourager.  I love creating and exploring how the creative process unfolds.  I see creativity as a means to connect, communicate and share with others! 

In my classes I go into depth with what I teach with watercolor, drawing, cute characters, story telling in art, mixed media, collage, Procreate and all things related to creativity. 

I love encouraging people to explore there creativity for the joy of it!  Plus there is often the extra benefit of having art to share!  I hope you join me!




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1. Introduction: Welcome to my class. Let's paint cats, fun watercolor kiddies, Ontario Iranian. This is Tucker. And I'm a visual artist, cat lover. Today, Tucker, sitting next to me, will be helping to teach you several different ways to pink cats. These paintings are gonna be in real time mostly so that you can follow along. I've been doing cat art as well as all kinds of art forever. But I did get a lot of experience in my 30 years at Hallmark working as a greeting card artists and other types of art and also my freelance business. I've got several books out. One of my favorites is painting happiness, creativity with watercolor. But for this class, I am going to demonstrate to you different ways to paint cats. I'll be talking about my process as I go. I use primarily watercolors when I work, but I also bring in all kinds of different other supplies depending on what I wanna do. Some of those are posca pens, colored pencils, ink. So if you want to learn how to paint cats, this is the great class for you. So you get those watercolors out, get those pencils out, get whatever you want to create some cats. And let's get started. 2. Projects and supplies: Before we jump into actually creating our projects, I wanted to talk a little bit about them and also the supplies that I'm using for all of these. I'm going to be creating three projects in three different sections. And I'm using watercolor primarily, as I said before, with other types of supplies. The first one that we're going to work on is maybe the easiest one and it is yarn obsession. The second one is a rainbow cats. And the third project we're going to work on is called flower dresses. All of these projects, all of these videos are in real time. Feel free to pause the video if you need to have more time to mix colors. I edited a little bit of the mixing time out of these videos because it was a lot of screen time where there is nothing happening. So I will do a little pause and let you know when I'm mixing colors. So you can stop there if you'd like to mix your colors. Also, my intention is not to have you copy what I'm doing. Although I think copying is a really important way to learn how to pink cats and anything else you are interested in. But when you are doing your projects, think of this as just a warm-up exercise to what you might create next. Or you can change up the layout or the colors or whatever it is to make it different enough to call it your own. If you do follow along closely, please do tag myself at Terry Iranian when you post your projects to Instagram or any other social media to make sure that people realize where the source of your art work has come from. With that said, let's move into what kind of supplies we're going to use for these projects. I have a variety of supplies here I want to share with you that are used during these three projects. First of all, I've painted all of these projects on fluid 100 cold press paper. It's 100% cotton, hundred and 40 pound archival are highly recommend this paper, it comes in a variety of sizes. So if you'd like to work a little larger, here's a little larger size is a nine by 12. But I will be working on these projects with this eight by eight. Feel free to use any paper you'd like. Just know that a thicker or 140 pound paper for watercolor is better for buckling. And this paper also is glued on two sides so it doesn't buckle up as much. Next, I will tell you about the watercolors I use. I use both Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith only because I can't find all the colors I want. And Winsor Newton. And I will have all of these in my supplies list that you can find in the about section. Here's a transparent red oxide. This is created by Daniel Smith. Extra fine watercolor. I tend to use the professional quality. Here's my favorite red. It's a kind of a warm red scarlet lake, and it's made by Winsor Newton. Yellow ocher, also made by Winsor Newton makes great, great cat color. Winsor yellow. This is a green gold, and I also use olive green. So either of these, the green gold is more yellow than the olive green. This is Winsor Newton, cobalt, turquoise light. And I can mix these and get a nice More Kelly type Green. Got the Winsor Newton ultramarine. This is a Daniel Smith carb azole, violet, Payne's gray and Winsor, Newton. And the lamp black is a Daniel Smith color. So those are my watercolors that I use. The brushes that I use are a couple of different types, and I primarily enjoy this Scharf brush. The problem with it is it is animal hair. I know that's something I've tried to stay away from. This is a brush I bought ages ago with that in mind, here's the other brush I like that is a synthetic brush and it's a mimic brush made by Creative Mark. And it's a size ten. I really like large size brushes, so that's why I'm choosing those bigger sizes. I also use a ink pen by Staedtler, permanent limited color ink so that I can paint back in and it won't run. Occasionally when I need some ultra thin details on a cat, I'll use a micron 01 size. I'm not really sure if these microns are waterproof. I just don't ever paint on top of them just in case it a few different colored pencils I use. These are all made by Prismacolor. These two are pencils that are watercolor pencils have cool gray and French gray. They work great on a black cat to do features and stuff. And of course, the regular colored pencil rows is a Prismacolor pencil that I love using fruit shakes. The last thing I want to bring up is these posca pens. I use the white and black, mostly for eyes and teachers and things. And these are a size 0.7 mm so that the thinnest ones you can get in some of these videos use a couple or three or four of these colored posca pens. And I'm not sure the name of these posca pens colors because they came in a set and they're all in Japanese. So you can find the links to these, this set in the about section with the other supplies. Lastly, for almost lastly, I do use a palette. It's fairly large. Just know you could use anything. You use a plate out of your kitchen. It's nice to use a white surface. I have some see towels to wipe off excess water or paint my brush. I have a couple of water containers, one to add water to my paint that's clean and another one to rinse my brush. Well, that's about it. And if I do find that I'm using something else in these demos, I will definitely tell you our flag you about that in the demo itself. So let's go ahead and get started painting. 3. Project 1: Welcome to your first project. I'm going to start this one with Scarlett lake, let's say Winsor Newton paint and I had a batch already mixed up off to the side. So if you need to pause this video while mixing up a batch, feel free to do so. This is just straight out of the tube, scarlet lake. And as you can see, I don't have a drawing, so I'm just winging it. I'm switching colors now to Winsor Newton. It's just the straight out of the two Winsor, yellow. Now I'm switching over to a cobalt turquoise light, but it's another Winsor and Newton color. And I'm not worrying at this point about touching colors one wet into the other. I figure that, sorry about the kitty. I figured this is gonna be sort of a wet on wet approach here. And I'll come in later to define things. But I wanted there to be some sort of little mushy up of yarns there. Now I'm working with the olive green and turquoise Winsor Newton paints mixed up. The olive green wasn't quite blue green enough. One more of a Kelly green colors. So I went for that mixture and coming back in now with some yellow, now some blue. And of course I've got a cat here and there, so I'm trying to get that out of there. Now, I really enjoy how these paints kinda run into each other. At this point. I know I'm going to probably have some hard time telling what's happening here with all these colors mixing together, but I'm just going to keep going and not worry about it. Now I'm going to start on the cat. Some straight black Daniel Smith watercolor paint here. And I started with the ears this time sometimes I start with the head and add the ears. But on this painting, I started with the ears. You can see I'm being relatively careful about my shape here, so it's not messy, although I am splattering a bit here and there. I have a little black and yellow splatter going on off to the side onto my hand there. And I'm just going to go down, touch these wet paints and probably get some blooms and things happening where they're running together. This is on my mind, but I'm not giving it a whole lot of thought. I'm just continuing on painting this kitty little adjustment on the left. They're going back for some more paint so I can get the tail end. And I do have that blob of blue there that I'm thinking about. Can I cover that with this tail and at least get rid of one of the spots on the painting. Yes, I got it covered. So that's one of the ways I kinda fix things as I go along. Later in this video, I'll show how I removed that yellow drip on the painting. I went back in and touched up there to grab some of that paint off so I can finish up this spot here with the tail. And I'm thinking, Oh my, it's really hard to tell where one ball of yarn and starts and the other one ends. But I went ahead and mixed a little red in with my yellow to make some orange and started painting in the yarn details. Now this paint is still really wet and I'm finding this out as I'm going. I have not broken out the hairdryer yet. And so things are running. Things are mushing together. At this point, you can panic or you can keep going, which is what I like to do. I've added a little bit of alizarin crimson and with the scarlet lake to make the red more dark. And because it's wet on wet, I'm losing a lot of the definition. Come back in now with this blue. I did add a little hair drying in here to get the blue yarn dry so that I can add this blue. As you can see, it's still running together there and the definition is lost somewhat. A little blue out to the side. Back. I have done a little more drawing to get this turquoise ball ready for some delineation. And I'm coming back in with turquoise mixed with some ultramarine. Now I have dried again the paint so I can come back in with some more definition on this green ball without it running all over the place. I'm noticing I've got a lot. To paint running together with the cat up here. And I'm thinking about how I might handle that later. Thought we needed a little green yarn coming out the bottom. So now that the red ball is dry, I'm coming on top with some scarlet lake mixed with Alizarin crimson to do the delineation again because I lost it all since the painting was so wet on wet. You can always modify things if they don't work out the first time around. Not to fear, just keep going. The blood is dry now, once again, I'm coming in and delineating. I've mixed a little bit of Payne's gray and with my ultramarine to make it a little darker, I'm loading up some more paint coming in and finishing off the bottom of the cat here. I decided to add a little bit of shadow with the Payne's gray to ground this all to the place it's sitting. There's nothing exact about this. I'm moving rather quickly and most of the pieces of yarn, I'm putting a little bit of a drop shadow under some of them I miss. But you get the point. I think it's just sort of grounding the whole image down at the bottom. I going back for some posca pen. I'd spent that time shaking the Posca pen to get the ink inside. I'll even still, the thing with Posca pen is really, or at least I don't get an even coat to start with, particularly when I'm drawing on black. The black keeps coming back up. So in my really fast videos, you don't see me spending this much time with these white posca pens. It looks like I just put it down, I'm done, I go to another thing. But in actuality I'm coming back in and touching up a lot when I'm using white posca on top of watercolor. Using a little hairdryer now to get the process sped up. And once again, I'm coming in with the Posca pen to make it more opaque. So note that this does take a bit of time. It's not completely magic. If you can't get a solid posca pen, it's neither can I. I just have to keep layering up with it. Now I'm going to come in with some black and fix the spot where the Posca pen splattered a bit. I'm coming back within the green now to delineate this yarn ball up here. This is a green posca pen. And as I'm going here, I'm thinking, oh, that's not working. My inner critic was kind of going crazy, but I ignored it as I tried to always do with my inner critic. It really doesn't know what it's talking about. And I really honestly did not know how this was going to turn out. So I just kept going. At this point, I'm thinking I'm probably going to add more posca pen in to kind of tie this all together. So not just using all watercolor and figuring out where I want these places where the yarn comes over the cat and always makes it cute. Shake, shake, shake those posca pens. Come in with the orange. Now I didn't want to use a red because the red posca is really dark. So I'm using an orange posca, which has a little bit of yellow in it. So it shows up a little bit better on top of red. Of course it will show up great. On top of black. I'm defining that edge a little there to still, I think a little bit of craziness with my inner critic thinking I'm doing the wrong thing and not caring. I'm just going to keep going here and trying to figure out now where I want that yarn to come up over the cat. Here comes the yellow posca. Shaking it up with more posca pen. Delineate a little bit on this turquoise ball. And deciding on whether or not I want to do more yarn across the shape. And I decided to, this is all sort of deciding things as I go. So that's why it's pretty slow and methodical as I'm figuring things out. Adding a few details with the pen on the yarn on the bottom. A little bit of the yellow. It'll be the kitty. Yellow doesn't show up much. I'm finding this out as I'm going I didn't know this was going to be what happens. Now I'm coming in with a clean, damp brush and I am picking up that bit of paint there, scrubbing it a bit. This is not the greatest thing to do with your brushes. Later on I'll pick up a harder bristle brush to clean the rest of the areas. First though, I'm coming back in with the Posca to add just a little bit more line. Figuring it out again, not knowing where those lines are gonna go. And here I'll do that last line and it has a tangent and oh, well there it is. The white has dried now, so I'm adding the pupils to the cat's eyes with the black Posca pen. Now it's time to switch over to my gray French gray Prismacolor pencil to add the details to this cat. They're all cricket in there and I'm my mind is going up their cricket. Yes. Thank you for your input. I'm just going to keep going. The inside of the ears done. And I'm switching over to the black Staedtler, permanent lumen color pen for the whiskers. Trying to get the whisker semi even. I'm thinking about where are they coming out relative to the I on the other side. And so I'm placing them there. I bet you've had no idea. I had to come back this much with the white posca pen to get that as wide as it gets. That black just wants to bleed up through. Now I'm coming in with a bristle brush, and this is a short bristle brush. This is what you really should use, the scrub off spots that you don't want in your paper, then come in and wipe it off with a clean paper towel. Now I'm adding my signature, which I recommend you do if you've changed the work enough so that it looks different than mine. As I mentioned before, if it looks exactly the same as mine and you want to share it, go ahead and tag me with that Terry Iranian as inspiration. And I think we're done here. So let's move on to the next project. 4. Project 2: Okay, Let's try these rainbow cats to start using some red that is my favorite scarlet lake. And I have a rainbow actually up on my iPad to make sure I get my colors sort of rainbow. And just using the same technique as before. And I'm going back and filling up this brush a lot because I want to make sure there's a lot of paint and a lot of water on this cat. I'm not sure yet what's going to happen with these tails. I'm just kind of winging it with everything mostly that I do know drawings here. And yes, the red is done. So going back for some paint, this is a mix of Winsor yellow and scarlet lake. I wanted it to be orangey, which would be the next color we want to use in our rainbow cats. So whatever way you get to orange, I like to use yellow and red to get my orange rather than just using another tube. There's nothing wrong with using an orange out of the tube. But this way you don't have to have yet another color on your palette. You can just mix it. Again. I go back to my palette a lot to fill the brush and keep it wet and full of paint. Playing with tail shapes. There was a little pause there before I did this shape, I was looking and thinking for a moment, what am I gonna do with this tail shape? Most of the hesitation where I'm letting the next move come to me happened when I take those little breaks where it says I'm mixing paint. This time I'm going for pure Winsor yellow. There's a lot of yellow, lots of water in this paintbrush. Again, I'm a firm believer of making sure you're not stingy with your paint and water. I use the tube paints so it's a little bit easier for me to get it mixed up in a thick way. Most of the paints on my palette are dry by the time I get to them because they were poured out on my palette a day or two or whatever I go and they dried and what I'll do is come in with a spray bottle and spray them before I know I'm going to paint maybe an hour or so before I'm going to paint, I'll spray my paints with water and it gets some so that they're not as hard to get a good day amount of color into the water. Now it's time to go to a green. I'm using green, gold, and turquoise to mix this green. Most of the time. I don't use greens out of the tube because they're not as nice as what I want to see for a green. Plus when you mix a green, you have a little bit more variation in the green color. Did it out of the tube and there's nothing wrong with the tube. I just prefer mixing greens. And you can see this paint is very thick in there. What is that tail than I do? That was the question in my mind. Let me know here at the end. And I finished it off towards the corner. I know this shape here is going to limit where I have the place to put the blue cat. My turquoise and ultra marine blue cat here, last one up. There's a little bit more water in the paint than there was in the green. You can see that green is puzzling over there, which will make for interesting marks in the paint as it dries. I'm using this sable brush throughout these classes and this particular brush is no longer available. I looked for it everywhere on the Internet is a sharp brush, which I mentioned at the beginning. I'm really sorry that you can't get this brush, but the other brush, the synthetic brush that I recommended, the mimic brush, is just as good an alternative. It doesn't hold quite as much pain, but it holds enough to do the projects that I show you here. We're needing to add in a purple because purple will round out this rainbow selection. So I decided to add this little purple mouse here at the other end next to the red cat, which would complete the circle. Rainbow. Most of the time you'll see this purple on the other side next to the blue, but it works here as well. That's a car basale violet and it's made by Daniel Smith. On this particular tail, I started at the top of it and moved around to where it met the mouse. To get this darker red on this cat for the stripes, I mix the scarlet lake with the alizarin crimson. It's important to get a darker color with red because red is really a fairly dark color. Mixing in the alizarin crimson really helped stand out against that red. And it helps to flip your canvas to do some of these stripes. When I can, I keep the Canvas straight when I'm filming in that sort of thing. But it really makes it a little easier to be able to just pull that strike down rather than trying to do it sideways with wet paint on the paper. Although as you can see, I haven't been drawing as I go along during those breaks. I went ahead and flipped it so I could put the arms in. It's got even more Alizarin crimson in. It. Wanted to make sure these arms stood out. Now I can start on the other side of the cat with the stripes. I'm not that concerned with making sure I have the same number of stripes on both sides of the cat. It doesn't really matter very much. It keeps it a little wonky and not perfect, which is the way I like to paint. I'm going to move on to putting some details on this orange one now. I'm trying to mix it up so they're not all the same, not all tab ease. This one is going to have some markings on it that are spots. And I've mixed Winsor yellow with scarlet lake for this with a heavier dose. And the scarlet lake still at a dark orange color, but it's more dark than the first orange I put down so that it'll show up with these marks. I'm a big fan of skinny legs and a cat. It could be that as you learn more about your own style, you prefer to do a fatter leg. Legs on a cat really are one of the big changes you can make when you're making cats that are your own. As well as the faces, the eyes, all kinds of different things in the overall shape of your cat. Being careful to keep that panned out of that paint. I'm not always successful with that, but I'm giving it the good try here. I love to get some more paint to work on this kitty in yellow and that some Winsor yellow with a less amount of the scarlet lake so that it's not quite as dark as the kidney next to it. I love doing these hash marks, something very meditative about it. All these things as you do in more and more painting. Or maybe you already have your own style with painting cats, you'll start to learn what you enjoy the most. So the green line here, I'm thinking, what am I gonna do to make this different? Let's go for another striped cat. I added the green gold and the turquoise together to get a darker, more turquoise color here for the stripes. And again, not perfect. I love to see the hand in it. And you can see how this green cat dried. It dried a little wonky because I had thicker paint in it. And it's loaded my brush with even more heavy on the turquoise. Adding the stripes. I turned my paper. If you've watched my sped-up videos, it looks like everything is just happening without any contemplation or anything. Weapon it out extremely fast without any breaks, without any kind of inner questioning. And that's simply not the case. I do a lot of breaking while I'm painting to consider what the next thing is gonna be. And I look at that as a conversation with the painting. I don't necessarily or most of the time don't have a drawing, so I don't know what direction it's gonna go. So this is just me saying, Well, what's next? Let's see and sort of being with it and seeing what shows up using ultramarine to get these markings on this blue cat. And deciding whether I want a spot on both sides of the cat's head a little bit different than the other spotted cat or skinny legs. Decided to mix this up a little from how I did with the green cat and make the legs a little longer. Variation is a great thing to have when you're painting. Particularly when you're painting all the same subject, the more you can mix it up, the more interesting the artwork stays. You decide just use my finger to pull that over painting that I had out to the side there. This guy has smaller spots than the last cat trying to fix that spot there. And more spots. Getting some more paint, keeping that paint brush full of color and water. So not only is the paint more saturated with the ultramarine, putting another coat of paint on top of this transparent watercolor will automatically, even if you don't change the colors, make it darker because you've got two codes instead of one. I'm going to add a few little carbons, all violet and Payne's gray on this mouth for details. Make sure when you go to do your white pen. I spent a bit of time off the side there Shaking my pins and actually taken a black or dark piece of paper and making sure that it's not going to blob out on my artwork because that's a sad thing when it happens. So it's easier just to have control over your pen prior to putting it on the paper. Covered up one of those spots on the screen, cat with the eyes. I've decided I'm gonna go ahead and leave that one cat to have different size than the others. I didn't mix up the eye shapes on these. A couple of round ones like this little mouseY and then some other ones that are almond shape or oval-shaped. And I'm thinking about what else I wanted to add here. These breaks are very common. Most of the time I'll add my noses before I add the white like that, that white will be above the nose. For some reason. I went ahead and added it early on this one. I'm going to come in now with a black colored pencil and add the inside of the ears. You can also do this with the paint. I could use those darker colors to do this part using the colored pencil seemed easy alternative. You can also switch your colored pencil colors. You could use a green colored pencil, blue, dark blue colored pencil, and a yellow, dark yellow or orange pencil on this cat. I think this works just fine. Now I'm going to start adding a few details with the thinner micron pen. This little mouse is so small if I use a thicker pen, which I often do, it's a little bit harder to control the features. Got the eyes on there. I'm going to mark in the nose now and I just found out that the Posca pen was still too wet, so I'll come back to that later. Most of the time my cats are happy. I love drawing them when they're grumpy. But I'd like to have some fun with some happy cats to God, still wet. So I'm gonna put this away. Oh, no, I'm not. I'm gonna go ahead and do my nails on the cat's. A critical part of my style. Everybody gets three or four nails. Back to the micron here. Decided to use that for my whiskers instead of the Staedtler pen, which is thicker. I think having the whiskers come out kinda all over the place, it's sort of fun. They don't need to be even. All these little decisions and ways of doing things comes naturally as you do more and more art work. Some people like to be more precise and that's good, that, that's just the way you work. I'm going to move this black Posca now and finish the nose on this little guy that's finally dry. I'm also going to darken the nose on the rest. This Posca gives you a darker black than the Staedtler pen does. It also works really well on top of other Posca pen because it's the same Material. It's, it's acrylic marker. And mixing up how these cats are looking to give him personality. I thought I'd bring in some more marks on his tail and a little bit more on this one as well. I come back in to get those whites whiter because that some of the paint underneath is bleeding up through that white. Some posca pens mixup and are more opaque than others. I have found that some are not quite as opaque, so they're not completely consistent. But if you just keep shaking them, they usually will get pretty opaque. More black Posca. Oops, that was still wet. So I'm going to have to fix that and now try to tissue to begin with. And that just made it a little worse and we'll just have to get on with it and come back with the posca. Can see that blob and a little there because I forgot to use the pasco off to the side first. So I went ahead and dried this with the hairdryer and now I'm coming back in to define that a little better. And here's how I usually do the wide I know is I added afterwards, I decided to add some black eyeliner to the tops of these eyes because the black pupil was coming up above the whites. And I'm going to do that with this blue one as well. And do a bit of drying here. And come back in with that black Posca one more time. Eyes on the cat, eyes on anything is a really important part of the look, the style. So I spend a bit more time there than I do on other parts of the cat. Always gotta do this. Rose Prismacolor pencil. It works very well on colors that are different enough from what it is, which is happening with all of these colors. Now when I go to draw on top of the red cat and the orangey cat, I'm getting a darker pencil. I think this is an Alizarin crimson type pencil. Put my signature on here. If you're doing this verbatim, you don't want to put your own signature on because it's a copy of another artist's work, but you can put credit to add to your uranium. So let's move on to the next project. 5. Project 3: Alright, we're going to add some close to our cat. This time. I'm using red oxide, Daniel Smith and Payne's gray mix to make this particular cat, the red oxide works as well. It's just a little redder than I wanted. So I toned it down a bit with the Payne's gray and I get this nice chocolaty brown color. And the thought in my head right now this is going to be around tabby cat going off to get my color for the dress, which is cobalt, turquoise. Turquoise I've been using throughout these projects. One of my favorite colors. It goes really well with more neutral colors. I don't have a drawing for this one either, so I'm sort of figuring it out as I go. I never quite know what the shape is going to be. I just start painting and seeing where it's going and whether or not I like the direction. There's so many ways you can paint a dress. This would be a great way to vary and make your cat unique. I'm going to use some arms on this dress. So many things you could do with this dress to make it unusual. And I'm gonna go ahead and add the shoes to. Originally thought this cat was not going to be dancing, but that's what it turned out to be doing. Going back to my kitty color, which is the red oxide and Payne's gray again, to do the lens and the hands. You could have painted these things first, but then the dress would have had to find its place based on where you put the parts and pieces. So I decided to do the arms and the hands to the dress and issues. And of course, the tail can get a lot of expression in a piece with the tail. The paint is still wet on this dress, so there's a little bleeding back and I can mess with it later to make it less apparent. Using Payne's gray on this pretty much straight. Payne's gray for the shadow and ground. Payne's gray is such a great color. If you use it really strong, it looks black and you can water it down to this beautiful blue-gray. Got a little stronger dose of the same thing I used for the cat to make the stripes. Not flipping my paper this time. It's not a lot of territory I need to cover with stripes on the head. So I just went ahead and painted a man. I've also dried this prior to going back in. And so I wasn't as concerned with running my hand through it because I use so much water and paint in my brush. I oftentimes will have a little splatter action happening. And I just let it be there. And if it's a bad splatter, I can work on it later. Picking it up with that bristle brush and water. Now I'm going to add a shadow. At this point. I don't know that there's going to be anything else in this, besides this cat. But as is the case with most of my art by tend to want to add friends. So we'll see if that shows up later. So here's how I'm defining the edges where the cat color mixed a bit with the turquoise color. But even if I hadn't done this, it wasn't like the bleed was that crazy that I felt like I needed to do anything. Keeping the color palette very simple on this. I've got an idea for dotted dress. I don't know what this pattern is going to look like when it's done. But I thought some dots would be cute. Doing gods is actually easier with a brush that doesn't have as fine a point. Fine point brushes make it a little more challenging to do dots. I haven't reloaded my brush on this so the paint is getting a little bit thinner as I go. Again, fixing things with my finger. Whatever I'm going to add to this. Well, mostly start to even it out. I think not that it has to be even. Now is when I just got to add that friend in here, back with the turquoise, where are the little dress on this character down here? Same sleeves, same duress in miniature, some shoes. And I'm going to come in and add who that character is. This is pretty much a straight Payne's gray, a little bit darker than the one I used for the ground and shadow. Paints always look darker when first applying them to the paper. They lighten up quite a bit when they're dried. I'm just picking up a little bit of paint that's running into the dress down there. Now I have the turquoise and ultramarine for the details. And because this is so tiny, I'm just going to fake that these are the same pattern, but I'm not sure I'm gonna be able to do the exact same pattern. They do have primarily the same look on their face, which is always fun. You're going to match and we might as well match all the way, right? This started happening. I didn't know it was going to, but why not make it a flower dress? This can be anything you want, these patterns on the dress. Maybe you don't want anything just complicated. It takes a while to do this. It's kinda meditative to do repeating things on a painting because you're not contemplating the next move as much. You're just kind of going along being mindful in the moment. I can always tell when my mindfulness wanders because my painting and my drawing gets a little sloppier and I speed up and I don't have the patience and I'm thinking about the next move and I've still got all this stuff to do. So That's going on. And I noticed it's going on. And I go back to concentrating and focusing on the task at hand, which is the lines to make these little shapes flowers. I don't know if you enjoy practicing mindfulness, but it's an awesome thing to do when you're creating art and staying present really helps the process. Because this tiny dress down here is too small for all those details. I'm just giving it some spots. This a little bit more because that makes the pattern look a little more even to fill in some of these openings, you play at a piece of cat here on there. I needed to get off. And is it done? Yes, it is. Let's put that second coat a wide on these eyes. It's always a little quote, unquote, risky to come back in because then you've got to follow what you did and listens when glasses for me are definite need. But I've put a few little details on this. Mouse. Doesn't need much, just the size of the ears. Actin Staedtler for the rest of the features. The last project, I think I used the micro pen for the, for the whiskers. This little guy and the whiskers I did with the Staedtler pens. So they're a little thicker than the last project. Back to the posca black pen. And I found that those eyes are not dry yet. So I'm giving a little drive to them because you do not want to work back in when it's wet. Because then you'll be going back and forth a lot on beautifully over other posca. You can also use your Staedtler there. But what I've found is Staedtler pen on top of the Posca pen, it gets a shininess to it. So I'm finishing off here with the colored pencil rows for the cheeks. I really feel like I want to have more going on here then these cute cat and it's buddy amounts. So I've used this Staedtler parent and make some standards and added the pink to make the flowers. None of this being planned. I just noticed as I'm going, that something doesn't feel quite finished. So I will just keep adding a little bit here and there and see if it feels finished after doing these parts and pieces. Of course, we know that this is going to cause way more dancing if there's flowers around. Part of the storytelling aspect of this. Now I'm going to do my signature like all the others. If you're copying straight from this, always credit the artists. And back to the Posca pen just to touch things up a bit. I wanted that wider there at the color. So switching back and forth, I thought it would be really cute to put a little bow around their waist. So that's what I'm up to now. Little bows on the shoes, also, art fun. I decided to add leaves to the stems. It gives them more of a flower look to have a few leaves on there trying to mix up how these are put on, so they're not all exactly the same. They also decided to add a little bit more to the center with a cat has the tie around its waste. And then we're done. 6. Final Thoughts: I hope you've had as much fun as Tucker and me. Peyton, these kitties. I'd love to see what you're creating. Throw your projects there in the project section. Let me know your thoughts and what you've learned. And we'll look at them together and enjoy seeing how other people paint their kidneys, right, Tukey. Thank you so much for coming and joining me in these paintings and class. It's been so much fun hanging out with you while we paint our kitties. So keep painting and I will see you soon.