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Sketching all kinds of cats with watercolor - cat painting class for everybody

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro and project description


    • 2.

      Tools and materials


    • 3.

      Rolling tuxedo cat


    • 4.

      Curled up tuxedo cat


    • 5.

      Playing siamese


    • 6.

      Walking tuxedo cat


    • 7.

      Resting calico - start


    • 8.

      Resting calico - finish


    • 9.

      Wondering black cat - start


    • 10.

      Wondering black cat - finish


    • 11.

      Sitting siamese - start


    • 12.

      Sitting siamese - finish


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In this class I teach several different ways to sketch  many different type of cats. I mix wet on wet and wet on dry techniques, to generate furry texture in contrast to sharper edges. If you are new to wet on dray or wet on wet watercolor techniques, please check out 2 previous lessons, where I show both these techniques in details: Blooming, cauliflower and a curled up cat - watercolor painting and introduction of the technique, and Your wet on dry watercolor toolkit - watercolor tutorial. The results of this class will be several cat cards, you can use as a postcard or a gift note card for your cat lover friends or family members.

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1. Intro and project description : Hi, my name is Agnes What art? And I am from Hungary. I moved to Seattle in 2007, and since then I live here and work in neurobiology. But to keep balance, I always adored to make art, especially painting. But also I made doing origami photography or whatever occupying my mind. My favorite technique was always watercolor and ink. I love to paint landscapes and courtroom. But nowadays I mostly pay gaps. When I paint cats. I wanna catch there FOR their beauty, their movement, not just copying apart all what are Alice calculations. Also, when I use water, when I run, I use that, put down some of these materials that their own UCI. I don't want to use those. All your love. And today I will. Now you've done and we'll go to Color. I think soon be used very slowly, very three. Let us cuz this is an alien on paper because to make good is it Waterfall are very, very important to understand the material and to be able to control. Because otherwise it won't work. And on my watercolor tutorial, this is a cracking lifespan. To make you understand this very complicated area than watercolors and be able to use its beauty. But the master. Hi everybody, Thanks so much for choosing my tutorial for today. These two Daria via be about sketching out a cat with water color. As you can see in the example, I chose many different types of cats with different for pattern. But what is even more important than they are in very different body positions. So the idea here is to sketch out with watercolor the movement, the body posture of the cat. And this is also for gaining confidence with watercolor technique and working just easily and fast, so scattering. Also, several people wished for to have a tutorial where we are not painting just one cat for an hour or longer on a large paper, but just something smaller and smaller paper and shorter. So I designed this tutorial to contain many short paintings or so on, small piece of papers. So you can use all your leftover little piece of watercolor paper. Postcard, a larger postcard sides, I would say or it, or to postcard size. Most of them. So the only important thing is just to use watercolor paper. Otherwise, it will be very difficult. In, Let's try to gain some confidence with the watercolor technique. So while I'm painting the scat, I'm using bought wet on wet and wet on dry technique, but I think mainly wet on wet or maybe the wet on wet part is more important. And because of that, it's probably useful to check out two of my older get tutorials. On the tutorial, which is titled blooming cauliflower and the curl it up cat, just there is there are two segment in the beginning where I explained the wet-on-wet technique. And this is number 2 entry. And other than that, there is a wet on dry watercolor technique tutorial, which probably will be useful, although it's not as important in this tutorial. So if you want to append the Scat or even just one of them. I hope you will join me. This little paintings and sketches can be used as a postcard or a greeting card if you want. So you can make the pattern based on your or the cat off your friends or family members. So I hope to see you in the next section where I explained to them the materials we will need. 2. Tools and materials: So here I am introducing the tools and the materials. So in this tutorial, I used or kind of watercolor paper, leftovers, different brands, student, artists grade, and all worked out just fine. I also used just cut it off part of my old paintings where I had a, a poem or to palm size area free. So this is what I suggest to you, the papers I usually use its fluid, which is kind of a cheaper paper and really good for that. And also x l, It is a student grade paper. But for this tutorial, it's excellent. But of course, if you want a better paper, you can use several other paper type. The only important things it's needed to be water color paper. So Kilimanjaro or add cheese or many other brand can be used. Honestly, everything you can get on a market and water colored paper, it's fine. So after that you will need several big water bowl. I always say this but I'm saying it again. So large, transparent or wag because you want to see when your water get dirty. 2 is 2 are the minimum, but I suggest more, more the better. Regarding brushes. You will need several different size round watercolor brushes. Any brand will be fine. The more important thing is to have several sizes. Very thin. One for here may be size two for and something around 68 and something, let's say 12, 14 would be very nice if you have. I like silver black velvet, which I just showed in a previous image. And I like Princeton brushes, but any watercolor brush, we'll be fine. I use this big MATLAB brush, which is the first two brushes here to wet the paper. Mostly. If you don't have the, you can use your biggest brush to wet the paper, I guess. And it will be fine. And I use drawing gum or masking fluid on the other word, It's the blue item on the picture. And I use reed stick or, or chopstick with a tip to apply it. And I also use this artist Pitt pan, which is ink based from Faber, Castile. I usually use psi small. It's a really nice tool to have around, but if you don't have it, you can just use some kind of black marker pen and gas or you can actually deep chopstick with a tip so you have to get the blade make tape and you can dip it to black paint or ink. And you can replace this to this artist Pitt pen. So it's not necessary but good to have. And I also use just plain gray or whatever color you have something Notre colored water colored pencil to making outlines. So I think that's it. You don't need much as beside that, just the paint. In this tutorial, I used just one times I used ink, but you can replace it with black water color. If you don't have black watercolor, I strongly suggest to buy just one tube of lamp, black artist grade watercolor. And if you don't have a god, orange, transparent orange color, this transparent orange from Hora, damn instrumentally useful for the cat paintings I'm doing. When I used ink in the tutorial, you can replace it with watercolor. Don't worry about, but if you have black ink at home, you can try. It's much harder writing than water color. But in this tutorial, they can be, they are interchangeable, so don't worry. But I suggest the watercolor, it's easier. And we used very evil use very few color of watercolor paint. So if you have any watercolors that you are fine. If you if you need to buy some kind of occurrence color, I use the most because I painted Siamese cats. But if you have just very few color at home, if you have some kind of brown and yellow, you can mix that color. So don't worry about if you, As I said, I don't want you to buy a new set or anything. If you have a watercolor set, just use it. You definitely will be fine with it. And other than that, you need some kind of vibe. In I used mainly kitchen paper, towel or Kim Wipe. Kim vibe is a price setting. I don't suggest to buy it. But it's really good actually. But I tried the kitchen paper towel and it's completely fine. So I think that's it. In the next section we start to work. 3. Rolling tuxedo cat: So the cat we will start with is the rolling tuxedo cat. I use this reference photo. And the idea on this little project is to draw an outline very, very fast. And if you can skip that, that's even better. So if you can just wet the paper within the outline without putting the outline, you will have even better results. But I'm doing with an outline. As a helper. I wet everything inside the outline in, I leak in the black pattern of the cat. So you will get a very fluffy furry result as this cat is in, in the real world. Very fluffy kind of longish hair on the belly area. And I draw the face very simple again. So take your paper in your watercolor pans. And as you can see, I'm using just it's a water color grade, but probably a student grade paper. And I just make a very, very simple out line with my water colored pencil. It's like a silhouette, actually. So just to know where to put the water, you don't even need to be that precise. Because when we paint a cat, you will see we actually just paint the black part. And it will do it right? You are, I will make it the other. Without painting anything else. Most saw. So as you can see, I draw the the lags, the tail in the shape of the body. And then now the head. Probably the most useful thing to do the outline is to have the face. Because the face is kind of when this technique very flowy, harder. So it's good to have the fares to draw a little bit. It's how pure a lot. But the body and think it's possible totally without the outline. So when you have a decent outline, is I think I have, I just take a brush and for visibility I'm using a little bit dirty water. You can use clean water, so I'm using a little bit grayish water. To make sure you can see where I paint. I paint everywhere to fill out the outline. So when you add the black, the paint can only flow where the paper is wet and it won't flow anywhere where the paper is dry. As you can see. Because of that, I cleaned the fares with the paper towel, so make it dry because I don't want the black flowing that from the ears and stuff. So the only place where I left it dries the face area. So now where the cat is really wide, I just wipe off a little bit the greatness, but it's still that. But since you are you using, are you using dirty water to clean water, maybe that's not even that important. So you can see I just watch the pattern of the cat. And I add the black there. It's kind of a dense paint not to leaky and I'm using a small brush because I don't want bleak. If if it's too big or too wet brush, the black will flow everywhere. And as you can see, I loved the face kind of dry so I can draw the face just very simple. So use small brush. I think it's probably size four or so round brush. And it's good if the body is pretty wet. But the black paint should be done so it's it's stay on, on, on place. So the brush field, the brush with dense black paint, not truly key. And I use just do also to labor the path and the little nails. Just very, very simple. This is probably the easiest one. This is why I'm starting with that. Until it's wet. You can easily modify if you want, but honestly, I don't think it's necessary. So now I'm using a little bit, just drawing how the two for two front paws overlap. I just drove it very light and more almost even with the more with the paper towel. Just to make sure you can see the separation there between the two, pause because they add on top of each other. So I feel I'm very close to ready. Maybe liver detached on a face. If you need to order ear. Although you can add these afterwards, but you can add it now because it's pretty dry around that area so it won't flow if it's too wet. The fine details you can add after it's dry. But I think it's ready. And rush down for me. And let's do the next one. 4. Curled up tuxedo cat: So let's do next. This curl up, tuxedo cat. This is actually our cat. I made the photo and I already used the exact same for DOD to generate a whole our lesson on it. On that lesson, I painted this cat in real size. But you will see in this lesson we just painting it very small and much more simplified way. So you can see the paper is probably not bigger than my two palms together. And I'm starting again with sketching with water colored pencil. So if you look just the photo, you will see that the cat is almost like a sideways egg. The shape. So the head weights. It's the thinner part of the egg. So you just cut up an egg shape a little bit fatter than an egg, and add some little details. Very simple. So just use your pencil to put down some marks like the ears, the legs, and a tail, and few more where we use the masking fluid. And that would be the I and whiskers and year. So these are what I'm labeling to test to remember where to put the masking fluid. And I label a little bit the pattern, just hoping that it easier later than I don't need to think about it. Where to put what. And so when I'm done, which is already happened. So it's really just a simple sketch. I need to take my get my masking fluid, shake it up a little bit. Not like violently shaking this, turn it upside down because masking fluid that's two separate violet sitting. So when I have the masking fluid, I need my read steak. If you don't have reads t. Q can just sharpen any other state-like chopstick. But make sure you test on a piece of paper, how thin is it, how much it's dripping? Also, every time you dip your tool to the masking fluid, it's worth to just make a line on a paper next to you. So make sure that the big drip, first drip is not ending on your painting. And just draw out the, the whiskers and the ear and the eye brows of the cat. And when you're done with it. Probably at least 15 minutes to dry. And then I see you on the painting part, but makes sure the masking fluid is dry. And when it's dry, That's take 1015 minutes. So make sure you wait. So when it's dry, I just use my big Motley to wet the paper entirely and then wait few minutes. That's again, only possible when you're masking fluid is completely dry. Don't even try without. And then you read the paper just very fast. And you either wait until it's dry up a little bit or as you can see, I lose. I use a little piece of kitchen paper towel to dry it up. But as you can see, it's still shining. It's not like I am drying it up like dry, dry. So I just make sure it's not water is not floating on a surface of the paper, but it's still shiny wet. You can see some sign at least. And then I take my predicted black water color and a smaller sized round brush, maybe six. And just very fast, I put down the pattern of the cat. So since I bleed pretty dry the paper, it's it's still running. That's important because otherwise you don't get the furry edge, but it's running much less. So you need to work kind of fast. You DO on your paper dry because then you don't get any further in us on the edges. This is also good because otherwise you would get a real first size. So an inch for and if you play died the dry the paper, you will get much less filling out so you don't need to worry about it's growing. And in G2. And just put down the pattern, start with the body because in the head area may be better off with even more dry. So as you can see, I just put down the body very fast and then a head. Don't make sure you're using dance band and not very leaky pain because you don't have space here. You need to make sure your you don't get overflows. And if you get too much flowing, too much overflowing with a little bit longer or use smaller brush or make more dense pay less wet paint, a mixture. So the paint is pretty much heavy cream consistency or even than, sorry, in this case, you don't want very, very runny paint because it's just a very tiny paper and it's harder, honestly, it's harder than painting bag. And then when you put down the big Mars, use a dirty brush. You can see I rinse my brush, although you can save your brush for if you want to save the pantry, but you need this dirty brush color to just add very few marks where the leg is and a face a little bit. And there are very delicate pattern here and there, which I add last. So because it's harder. I had last and I'm adding little water here and there also just to generate small blooms, but only with a tiny amount of water with just the tip of my brush. Not like when I painted this in real size, when I really add water puddles onto the paper, you can do that here because no space for running. So when you reach that point, just again, it's your paper getting like really fast. So and I also drying, you saw I just dry the paper a little bit and I'm adding the more delicate patterns. So those little lines and how those other black pattern like endings. So I just make sure it's not running terribly. So that's the last thing before I let the whole thing dry because you can't remove the masking fluid until the paint is wet. So when you're done with this fuel as delicate marks and maybe add some little water here and there to generate some blooms or black backgrounds. When you're done with this, you have to let the whole thing SIT, presumably for hours. And before that, I just use my chopstick DPDT in a little black paint to add the fingers and the bottom of the nose and then dust led the whole thing dry, as I said, probably hours and then come back for finishing up. So when your painting is completely, completely dry, you test it with your hand. If it's not stay in your hand and you feel dry, then that point you just use your fingertip and you can remove the masking fluid. That's what I'm doing right now. Make sure you remove all of them because if you leave some there, it will turn to yellow, at least mine. It is horribly ugly and at that point you can't rub it off. I It's just harder, so make sure you remove entirely everywhere only when you're painting is dry. And when you're done with this. Thus you need again your black paint and the marker pen. And you can draw a little bit here and there. So I draw the nose and I draw the pour a little bit. And where the whiskers run through white area. I draw the whiskers and little bit, just a little bit, make some little drawing around the eye. And when I'm done with this, I use a dirty brush to just stay in a little bit around the ear where the masking fluid kept it very white. And I also perfect here and that just, this is just a few little details on the end. This cat has the beauty mark or so I add that little bit, the nose, and that's the beauty mark there. And I usually just take a dirty brush color and I over paint a little bit where things are very white. Or I also can use the dirty brush to add some shading if I want to, in the right areas. So you can see I just worked a little bit on the ear, which is stay inside a little bit lighter than outside. If you think it's too dark, you just use a little ripened. You can change it back. Like I'm doing now around the ear. So what I what I think or I don't like I can and fresh brain not the old pain. I can write a little bit. And as I said, I use a dirty brush to add a little bit of shading around the nose. So just the right area, like I'm checking where darker areas within the right region of the fur. Again, if you think it's too much, just wipe immediately and it is ready. So now it's just the final drying and it's ready. If you have a friend with a tuxedo cat, you can send us a postcard. 5. Playing siamese: So this cat, we're be the playing Siamese. You can see this cat is standing on a toilet, but if you just ignore the toilet, it kinda look like it's playing with the front, right Paul. And we will paint this cat first battle on dry. So we just use the base color and fill out the silhouette. And then we will continue wet on wet. Which means that via the silhouette, the base color, which is the yellowish brown, is still wet. We will add black. It can be Inc. or black water color. I think I use black water color just leaking into the face and the paws and a tail. So this will be the mattered. And we just need a small piece of paper. The painting itself, the size of the palm. So you need something a little bit bigger to frame it, but any watercolor paper may make it. So let's start. So I just cut off a piece of from my old painting when I had no, not much else. And it's a real watercolor paper and that's what I suggest to you. Although it can be student grade watercolor paper, of course, you are much better with good paper, but this one can go on a student grade. So what I'm doing, I'm using the base color, which is some kind of occur. And I kind of draw out the silhouette with my probably size 8 brush. And you can see I just first draw very thin line and then I get it it thicker based on how I see it, where I should go ticket. If you are unsure, just use that original photo and make an outline with water colored pencil or a pen. But it's pretty easy to sketch it out with with that yellow ocher paint. And what is important, make sure you keep that thing let so I always go back and forth and don't let it dry because that will be the requirement to the black paint to flow into it. And also if you have a good paper and paint at that point, especially if you keep it wet, not let it dry. You can very easily wipe off tanks. So so don't worry if you don't like it WIP. That's totally fine. That's what I do when I need to as I just did. So I use this very light color paint and I draw out a silhouette and keep it flat. If you need to tell the outline on the positive direction, you can always do it very easily. So don't worry, you don't need to be perfect because you can correct small areas in a positive direction later, negative direction also. But it's a bit harder. So you can see I just use the black paint. And so I don't want to generate hard edges. And this is why you need to have a VAT underpinned because then the black can melt together with the base color as that is typical of the Siamese. So you don't see the edges where the black start and the base color and, and I use just wet brush to to help this melting. So as you can see on a photo, it's not just the face, the legs, and a tail, but a little bit. The back is also darker. So I just need to work everywhere, kinda two until it's wet. Because that's the way to get those beautiful color gradients. In. For the only place where you want sharp edge. It's on the face where the left side of the face by meet with the base color. There you want a little bit. I really want a hard edge, so I have to correct that. You don't want that black leaking into the yellow. You need a hard edges on the side of the face so that I have to interfere everywhere where you found it too dark or you want to change things, just tolerate, just wipe. You can still add yellow to if you need to. So now I'm just watching what happens and I correct it. That's what I'm doing. So don't worry. At that point you can see you can wipe off an almost paper white, so it's not very scary. So I just constantly use the vibe. Make sure you turn around and it's not dirty. That's very, very important. You will learn eventually, if you wipe it and you wipe, You will cause a permanent saying how this is work? I have no idea. Probably when you wipe you pressured paint into the paper, I'm not sure. But if you wipe it dirty wipe you can stain your paper permanently in the very dirt color whatever you had on your paper. So make sure you are wiping with a clean surface. As you can see. I always buy wrap it around my fingertip and make NHI kids clean. And that way I am more precise with the vibe. So you can see I had too little bit dry up around the face to make sure I can generate harder edge around the face. So I'm drawing that now. But all the other parts are still pretty wet. And even when I vibe, It's looked dry but it has moisture in it. So it's much it won't be sharp or not easily at least. So you see, I went back to a little bit for a little bit of ocher. And I'm melting into the into the cat black. And don't worry, if you don't like something, just wipe it off. You can restart. It's like it's like a fluid painting. You can change it until it's dry. You have you have a chance. When it's done, then it's much harder. You can see I'm working with a pretty thin brush and that is important, especially around the face. You can see on some places the gradient come out really good. That's very important with the siam is to get a good black ocher gradient. So they constantly tried to keep everything wet and add more paint, whichever color I need more. Now, I'm adding a little shadow. I like to add a door. I kind of bothered by when things just hanging in the air. And I looked at the original photo and I tried to add the shadow based on that, although it was a very, it was just a print screen from a video. So pretty difficult, honestly. But I tried to keep the direction based on the photo because the whole body is on that way. But while I'm doing this, I recognized that I need to interfere a little bit with the body because it's too washed out. You can see like the yellow especially they are yellow area is too too washed out so I I have to go back and you can see still wet, you can see the shininess and you can see how easily I can get the gradients there. So I just adding some color. But from that point it's very, it's pretty much the end. If you don't need to add because there was this not that washed out, then don't add just if you feel it's too light. So at that point I mostly add black and just generate the right with washing back the black. Because the base color is still visible. But you can add a little occur though if you, if you think that's a better way. Usually watercolor equalized out if you let it sit. So those little patterns are kind of get more even, especially on a good watercolor papers. So at that point, I think I just let it set and I hope it's dry. Nice. 6. Walking tuxedo cat: Next get will be this little tuxedo walking. It will be very similar method as we used previously. So it will be an outline with watercolor pencil first, then fill it out with water in flow the black color into it. So super simple, but this method give you a really good firmly pack structure where the white meat with the black fur. So let's start take your paper in your water colored pencil and start to make a very, very simple outline. Really very simple. The paper is, I don't even know what kind it can be. I use all kinds of paper in this tutorial. It can be student grade or artist grade. And the only important thing is watercolor paper. And the size again, kind of variable. But let's say like two palm sides next to each other. Many times in this tutorial, I used just chop of paper from paintings, which I don't like and it has a clean area. So really any kind of practice watercolor paper is great. These are just practicing the sketching of the cat. Or actually if you put it on ticker paper or you, just after it's ready, you just glue it or tape it to a thicker cardboard. You can use it as a card, like a postcard or a gift guard. So it can have a youth. But in my head, this is just practicing the movement, the scattering of the cat. So as you can see, I just really scattered out very simple with my watercolor pencil. And as soon as it's ready, I go to the brush. So not much details. So first thing when I'm doing, I'm taking a vat paper and kind of wash off a little bit my drawing lines, but I can still see it. So it's just I don't want it visible. And then I'd just make sure the paper is dry. And. When it's dry, I use my brush and fill it out with water. Exactly within the outline. So I'm using dirty water again for visibility, but I suggest for you to use clean water. But if, if you are unsure in yourself and you want to have better visibility, That's the way to go. But it's better if it's just clean water. I let you tooth. So I fill out within the outlines. Super-simple. You can even adjust the outline with at that point if you wanna modify or drawing lines a little bit. So again, the paint can only go where the paper is wet. So keep in mind if you need to change in negative direction, just use wipe and wipe it off and VAT again. And when you wipe, wipe it dry. Or even you can wait a little bit and reduce the vetting. Because if there is wetness outside it will it will it will suck in the water column and the black paint out to outside. So again, because it's a very dirty color where it's white. I vibe the little bit of the gray nodes, but the greenness is only for visibility and normally I would use clean water, so that's not an absolute necessary thing. And then I'm using, again, small brush and pretty dense paint. Because if you larger brush or leaky, very wet paint, you will have huge overflows in the body area where the paint has place to go. So tried to go with dancer. Good dark black paint and smaller brush because the painting is pretty small. So it would be really had to work with a larger brush. And you can see the paint is flowing into the into the white area, which in my case it's gray but it's only for visibility. So in your painting it's probably white because supposed to be clean water. And that's give you the really good for effect between the black and a white area of the cat. So be careful with the hind leg, which is. On the hidden side, you don't want things flowing into that because then it will generate a continuous pattern with with the other lags or that you can avoid and also use vibe if you want to. Have a little bit less black somewhere because before it's dry you can write easily. And I also, as you can see, I've dried the face because interface, I don't want this, this very effect because then it fill out until the nose and I don't want that. I wonder classic tuxedo faced with white noise. And the legs are pretty dry. So you can add those tiny little black spot. If the legs is too wet and you add those tiny little black spots, they will go everywhere. So it's good to dry up the face and a leg a little bit before you adding these tiny details. So I'm working on the ear and that classic tuxedo pattern on a face. And then the little tiny black dots on the legs. And after that, I can add a little water to if I need more flow here and there. Also I can correct liter places plus you can add a shadow below the lag. It just have to put the cat in. Not floating in space, but granddad. And I'm using dirty brush for that, for this, for the shadow. And of course I want to do a little drawing on our feet to, just to have a little bit more exact. It can be a little black spot or it can be just the line below the, the pause. So something we'd leave you the the end of the legs. And the same with the laws. So you just need a very tiny labels around the face just to show this is the end of the face. So as you can see, I'm just using the leaky, very loose, dirty brush color where I want to separate the cat from the background. And now not much left, just tiny detailing. When you feel that you have a cat, you can stop. If you need to wipe vibe. I just made the face too long. I didn't want that. Or if something too dark, you can just lighten it up also with wiping like I did around the face. So you so I used the backside of my brush to scratch the paper a little bit below the pause and that generate a little line. I made sure that the separation between the two hind leg is clean, more clear at least. And if you want, you can add a little water for background. And then just wait for drying. And this is 30000. 7. Resting calico - start: Next get to ELB calico. This is the reference photo I tours. Here. My method was I used outline in I wet the paper on the body area and the backside to generate some further, but it dried too fast so it wasn't that great. And then I wet the legs individually and the tail and the head. So it will see you can run the whole thing together or just about the body entirely. It didn't matter on the end because it just dried too fast and I didn't get a good firm effect on the backs are, but the idea was to get a further effect on the back. So I'm starting with an outline as usual, with a gray water colored pencil. I tried to be very simple and kind of fast because you have to correct you can do it during and also when you wet the paper, the outline disappears. So it is just an approximation. You kind of learning how is the cat and where it just the practice for the paint almost. So you can say I just draw the body, the head, and the legs. Not too much about the pattern on anything. Also the pattern is you can use your own cat button if you have a colleague or honestly any other pattern. It's not that important that I went to vaguely with the photo. Not entirely. And I change the tail position just fit better on the paper. So you see, I tried to wet the paper on the back area to have a chance that the paint will route. And the leg area and a tail and a head. But I don't want further out. I used a little bit a colored water. It is for visibility. Also, I'm using the brush to removing pencil marks where I don't want. But then don't forget to dry a little bit. The paper there because then it will leak there. So you see I'm using just dirty water to do the legs and and I had an Altair. It's it's what visibility you can use clean water. So I just want you to see what I'm doing. This is why I'm using the light of light brownish coloring in the water. So it's also useful. You can see the outdoors, but when you do it with just water and do things is front of you directly. If you need to modify, but it's just easier when you have a little color in it. So you can see on the backside I pin I I painted with water, everything like I just got everything there and on the other side where the details are but I don't want the paint around. I just wet within the outline. So I'm starting with the lighter color. It's not like you need to go this way, but I learned it easier to start with the lighter color. You can go back and forth between the black and orange. When it's probably a little bit easier this way. Also, I use a kind of a thinner brush to draw a little bit the pars and nails. And, you know, cat has those little I don't know how it's called as little pink or black skin without further on it on a pause on the bottom of the pause. So when it's visible, I draw it. And the little fingers, when they are visible on the end that you can use just a marker pen or so, or even a watercolor pencil on the end. So I, I need to cut the video to two parts. And it will happen soon. But just jump right away to the next part because I didn't stop painting. I just had to stop the video because of the size limit. So I started the head. If anything too dark or you don't like it, you can live as always. So the heck pattern is the only place where I think the pattern is important is the head pattern because it's very typical of the cats to have that V-shape, I mean, upside-down V-shape around the nose. So this is the point when I have to cut. So as I said, go ride away, please to the next section. 8. Resting calico - finish: So I continued either way. As I said. And I'm adding the color patches. I'm using roadway smaller brush because it's a tiny paper. Everybody thinks it's easier to paint. Small. Not true. And it's hardware. Although these are not very real long paintings, these are sketches, but I think to paint real good paintings in this size is harder than on larger sites. You see I draw the fingers, it little lines. And now I'm working on the ear. And because of so many details, I, my paper kind of dried. So after that I didn't get the good furthering just a little bit, but not much. And I also added a little darker colored in to the orange. So I'm using this brick color plus the transplant on and you can add little extra liter color spot on the feet area to better visibility if you want. But if you draw the fingers than a pause, then that will give you the visibility tool. Make sure you leave some space for the white. If you want to keep the calico pattern. Otherwise it will be uttered. Turkish market. On the end even varies. No real color. I added a little base color like a dirty brush color, like shading around the head and places. So just to separate from the background white paper. If you need to watch back or WIP of many little area, the brush is perfect, so rinse your brush, dry it with a paper towel just very fast, not like completely dried, but remove the water from it and it's behave as a little Asia. If it's not coming off. First, use a little bit too wet brush, not the dripping van. Just wet brush. Loosen up the paint, rinse your brush, dry it with a paper towel and then remove that little wetness. It will come off very easily if it's not completely Dryad. So you can see the fading out didn't work out great on a buck. So I will kind of covered that up. Just tweet a straight outline. It does drive too fast before I put all the colloids that and Sanford out and some not because I just did first one colon and then later the others. So yeah, if you are very careful and you immediately do all the colors that are on the line of the back. Probably it's a good method. Otherwise you can go both ways because what I did honestly, I just put it more straight outline a little bit further out on that area. So you can see I'm using the pit band, the artist Pitt pen for just little fingers and, and pause and a little bit around the year two. The sum with very, very precise, just some little lines. So you can see now as I said, I just codec the outline there. And I don't like it. So now I'm pretty close to finish. So just adding the little, little more color here and there. And that's it. Now I just let it dry. And this is the result. 9. Wondering black cat - start: The next painting will be this black cat, which at least for my eye look like standing on some concrete or rock Tanguy and looking carefully what is front of him or her and, and it just standing and looking if he can go or not. Safe to go or not, or what is it there? So I want to give back this expression of the body posture. The start. As a start, I used again water colored pencil to sketch out the cat. And after that, I used several colors you can always discover on black cat, they tend to have orangey color when the sun hit them. And many times you can see bluish colors in them. So I want to use all those colors. So right now we just sketch this cut out. Kind of just vaguely the main areas. It's kind of important to get the ratios right. How long is the body compared to what is the height of the cat and so on. And also, I would like to catch them that position to have the body-weight on three legs. But on the throne, left pore is not touching the ground or maybe touching, but the body weight is not on it. But it's just wondering if what is it it again, stab Dan or not or touch it or not, Something like that. So I want to give this body expression back with the painting. So you can see I only worked on the outline Just approximately. Right. And after that, I'm using my big brush to wet the paper. So again, as many times in this set of tutorials, the paper dried pretty fast, so I didn't get a strong further effect, although I got some, if you worry, just wet the area where the cat is. In this case, the edge really sharp, but with this get, I think it's fine. I tried to add some fairy effect on the back and on the TI, but on the air and I kinda lost dam because it just didn't sit stay wet enough for a while. But anyway, within the body, if you just wet the area within your outline, you will get the colors flowing into each other beautifully. So, but you don't get fairy effect on the edges, which is fine with this scatters. I said because this cat is pretty sharp, it has pretty sharp outline. Because it's a short, very short hair cat. If it would be a lot full-sized painting, I definitely would like to give some fairy effect in the belly and the back, maybe a little bit and a tie and maybe even the bottom of the Taylor. So but since it's a very tiny painting, it's not a big deal. And as you can see, it's causally difficulties the flowing because it's not flowing evenly on the edges. So maybe just easier if you just wet the paper within the outline. So I started with the lighter colors, the blue and the orange. And I put Dan Sam basis with that. And then I'm working top of that with the black, hoping that the color will shine through the Black. Same way as the colors in the black cat first shine through the black, you can always see a little orange and a little blue and maybe other colors too, if you watch carefully. So when you, when you work, the outline of the powers, especially the front part, one which is not touching the ground is very important. So as you can see, I wasn't happy with mine. So just wipe it off. If it's not come off properly, just use clean brush to lose an app and a clean paper towel to wash. Sorry to wipe off. But you can do this with everything where you are unhappy. So I had issue with the tail because of the flowing. But at that stage it's pretty easy to correct these kind of things. So you can wash it off, loosen up with a wet brush and wipe it off. So this is what I suggest if you have the same issue, but if you get only the inside of the outline, then you won't have this problem. It just much harder with the size to get the fairy effect. And this is why I always say that use big paper when you do those big wet on wet for a cat paintings. But we did the small ones. It's not always working out, right? So. For proper fairing unit space. That's the unfortunate truth. The blooming works much better with the smart paintings. Then the edge deferring the edge. I did many times in between this seven or so cats, I use the bloom effect and I will use with this one too. And they are working out great. But the the edge filling out the edge several times I had to overpay into it because it just wasn't great. Like now. You see I'm making it disappearing with a new outline because he just dry so fast and you don't have it not fairing evenly and also the Furies much longer compared to how tiny the cat. So if you want real furry edges in it to work larger, significantly large. This is a fluid paper. I mean, the brand name is fluid. For this kind of sketching, it's really awesome because the biggest problem with this paper is buckling, but with the size. When it's so small, it's enough tick to not causing issue because the buckling is in a larger scale. So when you paint little sketches, I think that the fluid is a really good paper if the price right, compared to most expensive watercolor paper, unfortunately, I don't know the price, so I don't know if it's worth it. If it's similar prices are shore or other good brands, then choose the ash or as cheese. I don't know what is the correct pronunciation. So as you can see, I already painted with black almost everywhere, but I still can't see the colors in the black. So right now the cat is hanging in the air. So I add a little shadow below. Using just this light ocher. You can use light gray or whichever color you prefer. So when I want a little bit lightning, I just loosen up the paint with the brush. And I only use vibe if if it's necessary because when you loosen adapt with the brush, you can remove that loosened paint with the brush to again use kind of dinner brush size. Because this is a very small paintings, so it's not worth it to suffer with a thick brush. So now I switch to my Pitt Artist Pen and I just add some little drawing around the year. Also the pause to some line work. So I have to cut the video, these videos so two bars because it's longer than the size limits. So just please continue right away in the next section. 10. Wondering black cat - finish: So I'm using my brush to loosening up paint. That's only it's not necessarily you can work with more even dark pain, but I want to add some blues. So as probably, you know, blooms can happen when a patient is semi dry. So almost dry but not entirely. And then you add water. And when it's dry, it, it generate a structure in the paint which called the blooms or cauliflower. And the technique itself called wash back or push back technique. I don't know if it's an official name or red, but this is what people use on the Internet to describe the structure. So I'm very close to the end. So these are the last that is this is when I usually add the water for the if I want a bigger blue because after on that area you can't really work. There will be a little paddle it, developing their own thing. It'll take several minutes to probably 15 minutes or so to generate and dry in that pattern. Also, it's kind of like a lottery with a little bit better chance because it can be really good or not so good. So as you saw, I just add the droplet. And you see this is the result of those droplets or wash backs called blooms or cauliflower. You can see a large one on the back, thigh, and front area also on the top of the body. 11. Sitting siamese - start: So the next cat we'll be sitting Siamese cat. This is harder only because I used ink beside the water colors. So if you wanna go with black water coil, it's fine. I use black ink and the base color is water color. Also, I started without drawing. And this is an entirely wet-on-wet technique. In when I'm doing it, I will explain why. What is the difference when you use ink or watercolor? It will be definitely easier with watercolor, I think so. Do whichever you feel better about it. It will be a little bit more. It will be a little bit harder with ink just because it has certain properties. So because it's all entirely wet and wet, I start with a watercolor paper, and I immediately start V8 the painting after the wetness, read, assert them points so you can see it's wet, it's shiny, but no paddles. So it won't if I would hold it up, it wouldn't rape. But it's still pretty wet paper. That's how I start. And I gave a little time, just really the water sinking into the paper. And so the next thing, what I'm doing and taking my base color and I start to paint. So the base color is some kind of brownish occur. The color of the Siamese. And I just make this, fortunately the shape is easy. I just make this X shape where the back is, then a little bump on it for the back. And just a tiny bit die labor varies the head. And then I'm going with the ink on it. And the ink has this property is that it separates two fatty segment which is, which is like going sideways like oil. And I have to eliminate that. You can see it very well on the left side, the black overflowed the brown. That's where the fatty, you can see the black is on the edge. That's where the fat oily structure from the ink come out. So that's why actually it's a little bit harder to work with the ink. The item I That's my second step attempting Right now, I'm removing that oily part of the ink. Although I like the ink very much, it's one of my favorite material, but it's behave a little bit different than water colors. So you can see this huge black overflow on the left side. It's on a top of the water color. But I'm just still using that brush and adjusting things. I honestly think on the end the ink has beautiful structure. It has beautiful blooms. I love it very much, but it just need to get used to it. So now I'm removing that overflow on the other side too. So I make it wet with a clean brush and then just remove it with a clean paper. With water corrode, that probably won't happen. It will stay within the brown. So it's not going further than a base color. You can see even in the head area, it's flowing like oil a little bit. You can see the shape of the flows. It's like oil. When your paper getting less and less VAT, it's separating less and less because I think it's separation is halves by the water. If the paper very wet, It's tend to separate more, I mean the ink than two separate more to the fatty and oily and the water syllable component. But then It's just getting better. So then I use ink for the face. And I added more darker ink to the back. Well already you can see how beautiful the structure, the structure of the ink. And I'm adding the tail, but only when your paper is dry there if you don't want a big flaw there, so makes sure it either dry or almost dry when you add the tail. If you use watercolor for especially for the tear and the neck, what I'm doing right now and the head use dense black water color, not too wet paint because if it's too wet, it will just spread. And on a head and a tail area, you don't want too much spread. But if you see the body, the edge of the body is pretty flowy. You don't have sharp edge and that's what I wanted. Because if you look the photo, this is how you can really represent the photo really well, that you have sharp edge on the head area but not on the body. You want the edge of the body kind of fairy. So I'm using dry, dry and clean brush now to remove things I'm using is almost like an erasure until it's still wet. It's it's possible water color, we'll come off too. If you do it right. Just need a dryer cleaner brush. Then I'm using a very small brush to adding details around the ear and affairs. So as you can see, I left a little thinner line for the year, less dark. And I'm working on a tail. I also want it pretty dark black there. And there is a little bit of line structure around the neck where the neck and the body separates, kind of turning a different angle. When you don't like something, just use a piece of paper. Dry your brush and you can remove like an eraser if it's not coming. Tried to add the very, very, very tiny amount of water, loosen it up and do it again. It will come off until it's dry when it's dried and it's much harder. So I'm still keep adding small details with my small brush. But what is more important, I have to cut the video. I just want to warn you to go, please right away to the next one. I'm not stopping. I'm not letting too dry anything. So just I have to cut the video because there is a size limit for applauded Skillshare. So see you immediately in the next one. 12. Sitting siamese - finish: So I immediately continue that was no break. Just the video is cutted to two parts. So I'm continuing right away and tried to log the structured around the neck. And I had and it's mainly about how dark or light. And I tried to replicate that with attain bras. If you don't like something, you can wipe, just make sure your paper doll is clean. So you can see I'm wiping pretty intensely for me by being too all I forward little edges to the paper towel so I can make smaller marks. So just folded to have a tip and use it once or twice and then turn it around and make another edge because otherwise you're just probably will stain your paper. So as you can see, I'm using my very thin brush to adding details. Boat and around the hat and a dare. And the highlights. I made it with a tip of the paper towel. On the edge. I use a little RED brush if I have to remove or make it smaller. And if I have to wipe my wife after that, you can see a little bit I kind of stain the paper there. It's not really coming off anymore. So this is kind of important to you, is clean. Paper towel or clean brushes. When you lift paint or remove things. But luckily it's not too bad. So I'm adding a little bit of water with a thin brush here and there and that generate back washers. And on the end this will result a structure which is called blooms or Kali flavors. If you don't know what it mean. It's in my older tutorials, Especially in one of the tuxedo cat tutorial. But I am explaining where you can find the information in details in the introduction section. So then I explained where, where I explain them with other tutorials, I explaining the methods. So Just going back to this painting so you can see I added the sentiment of water with the team brush on several places. And especially on the back area, on the left side and the bottom a little bit. And when I finished and you see the ready painting, you will see there is beautiful blooms happened because of that water. It's ordered the developing very nicely, especially above the tail. So I'm very, very close to the end. I'm adding tiny details now, just really last touches. That that's the time when usually it's very easy to make things turn wrong. So if you like your painting, don't force it. Only only go forward if you feel that something really missing or it's absolutely necessary. So be very careful to not overdo it if you like it. Stop. I'm adding just a tiny bit of that. For the blooms and other stuff generated by the added water need time to develop. So I just let it dry and let's hope the best coming out. So I wipe just a tiny bit off. Just the highlights in a few places. And I'm Dan. And here is the result and you can see the, the Bloom all around the tail and the back, especially on the left side. So I hope it worked out good for you too. And thanks so much for doing this tutorial with me. I hope you liked it. Please. Comment or question below and post your results. Thank you.