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Cat Portraits : Getting the Eyes Right
Pet Portraits. How to achieve a
realistic painting of a cat using watercolour.
Get the eyes right
and the picture will follow; as the metaphor goes - the eyes are the
windows to the soul.
We can judge an
individual by looking into his or her eyes and can find a connection
with a pet dog, cat or horse, and even wildlife, in a split second.
A viewer can also engage
with a person or animal depicted in a painting; whether the piece of
art or pet portrait is highly detailed and realistic or more loosely
painted in an impressionistic style. If the eyes are believable - the
viewer is more able to connect with a painting, to empathise and/or
An idea, moment or
thought can be captured in the eyes of an animal, bird or human with
careful use of brushes, pastels, ink and/or graphite/colour pencils.
Cat's Eye in Watercolour
Saving the best
Many portrait and
wildlife artists prefer to leave painting or drawing the eyes until
the very last moment – as if, by magic, adding the eyes will
suddenly bring an animal or human portrait to life and smooth over
any rough lines or brush strokes gained in the painting along the
Adding the eyes may
be the missing element that brings life to suggested gestures or
features in a painting, or, after many hours of working on a
portrait, painting the eyes in a detailed piece of artwork might seem
like adding the cherry on top.
Leaving the eyes
to the end, comes with a risk.
There is enjoyment
in that last minute addition of the eyes, when the subject shines
through the art paper and portrait to bring a painting to life. But
the connection between an owner and their pet dog or cat, the rider
with their horse or pony, one family member with another, or even
between friendships – can be made or broken if the eyes are not
believable - sometimes causing the rest of the artwork to become a
Starting with the
eyes, getting them exactly as you envisage them, can be an adrenalin
rush – get the eyes right and, without anything else on the page,
the subject can come to life – instantly - from the outset of the
An artist who
believes in his or her own painting or drawing, from the beginning,
can become more energised, enthusiastic and motivated, bringing the
painting to a more successful conclusion.
about doing good
experienced eye of earthly
Smith, The Galloping Cat)
human and pet portraits can capture the spirit or soul of the subject
– and when the viewer is able to believe in a painting, or its
message, and connect with it in some way – even the simple fondness
or greater appreciation or empathy for a pet cat or dog, or any other
domestic pet, farm animal or wildlife can be shared - which can leave
its touch upon humanity in the process.
Drawing wildlife using coloured pencils Coloured pencil wildlife art paintings and drawings. Detailed wildlife and botanical drawings and paintings can be gained using coloured pencils which range from student grade to professional grade. The following animal pencil paintings were achieved using a mixture of coloured pencil brands but mainly Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran D’ache Swisscolour. Detail is captured as realistically as possible whilst retaining the creative style. Realistic British wildlife art by wildlife and botanical coloured pencil artist. British Wildlife : Coloured Pencils : Mouse and Apple British Wildlife Art : Coloured Pencil Drawing of a Robin Snow Leopard : Coloured Pencils Coloured Pencil Drawing : British Bird : Owl Wood Avens : Coloured Pencils Coloured Pencils : Grape British Wildlife Art : Squirrel
British Wildlife Art in Pastels. Fine art, traditional animal paintings and bird paintings in detail: local wildlife, animals and birds of the countryside - meadows, woods, riversides and gardens. Paintings and drawings undertaken using soft pastels, occasionally enhanced using pastel pencils. Wildlife pastel classes, workshops and demos available. British Wildlife Painting : Pastels British Wildlife Painting : Pastels Countryside Painting : Pheasant British Wildlife Art : Small Mammals
British Wildlife Watercolours. British wildlife, birds and flowers are carefully painted using watercolours, based on the wildlife and botanical subjects from the garden and local woods. Wildlife such as small British woodland animals (badgers, foxes, squirrels, mice, bats, deer, otters, wild cats, stoats, weasels - even wild boar, pine martens, beavers and, one day, lynx may return to the wilds of Britain!) and UK garden birds, butterflies and bees, along with ladybirds and dragonflies, add to the joys to be found in the garden, or just beyond, all year round. Watercolours can be used to capture the beauty in the animal or plant subject using the fluidity of the paints. Everyone's favourite! A beautiful owl resting amongst the bluebells. British Wildlife Watercolours : Watercolour Owl and Bluebell British Wildlife Watercolours : Watercolour Bird Painting of a Sparrow and Worm Watercolours can be used in a variety of wildlife paintings for different effects bas
Wildlife Drawing Classes Wildlife art classes in drawing wildlife. There is more to be gained from drawing British wildlife than drawing and sketching alone – with wildlife art classes, there can be enjoyment in discovering about some of Britain’s favourite animals and birds in the company of other artists and nature enthusiasts, through drawing wildlife classes which bring together like-minded individuals in a pleasant setting. Drawing animals and birds from life is an excellent way to engage with the natural world around us. An understanding of wildlife anatomy, behaviour and environment, through observations and sketches, can help build the skills and knowledge necessary for more detailed graphite or coloured pencil drawings of British wildlife and birds. Drawing class subjects include the familiar favourites such as: foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs, mice, deer and birds, plus some of the more elusive characters from the British countryside – badgers, otters, wildcats, newts
Drawing Wildlife. When asked to present a wildlife art demo in March, one animal sprang to mind! The month has been all about March hares! Here's a work in progress study of a hare using coloured pencils. Getting ready for an art session. As preparation is key for any art demo, several images of hares were selected to be used as reference material - and so the wildlife sketching and drawing was ready for working on the easel at home. Drawing Hares and other Wildlife. Planning time to a hare's hair's breadth! The aim of the art demo was to go through the stages of completing a pencil drawing of a hare using coloured pencils. The demo was scheduled for about 2 hours' drawing time... Detailed, realistic coloured pencil drawings can take a very long time to complete, even in the comfort of an artist's usual studio or dedicated art space. Natural nerves in drawing a hare, or any animal, in front of members of an art group (in this case, consisting of
Bird drawing workshops can be a good source of information for anyone who loves birds and wants to draw them, especially beginner artists and improvers. Drawing Workshops. Wildlife Art. Kent. Surrey. Sussex. London. Drawing workshops and classes are a great place to pick up advice and resources that can be used to discover more about birds in the local area. Workshops can help introduce the beginner to outdoor bird sketching and keeping a bird diary or nature journal that can be used to identify birds and develop the drawings to produce more detailed, realistic bird paintings. Regular sketching can significantly improve bird drawings and paintings whilst developing knowledge of bird anatomy and habitats. There are many strange and wonderful aspects to a bird’s body (skeleton, muscles, feet, feathers and beaks) that serve a function and it is often through sketching and detailed drawing that these anatomical wonders are closely observed and begin to be understood.
Bird Art : from the Garden There are a number of British birds that visit the garden daily for the abundance of naturally growing berries and seeds - and it's a good way to get ideas for later watercolours and drawings of birds. The traditional garden bird, the sparrow, seems to have been replaced by the more colourful birds such as bluetits, goldfinches, long-tailed tits and chaffinches – although a few sparrows do usually manage to make a daily appearance – especially around their favourite bird table where additional nuts, seeds and worms tempt even the most reluctant visitors. A favourite garden visitor is our British National Bird – the robin redbreast – or rather three of them! Plus all the wood pigeons and doves, crows, blackbirds, thrushes, woodpeckers – green and red - even fieldfares – it can get quite a busy! That is the best time to make sure a pencil and paper is nearby – for the birds are always entertaining to watch and sketch – it’s a most enjoyable way to
Donkey Pet Portrait Painting in Pastel. This realistic painting of a donkey in a field was carried out using soft pastels. Painting a detailed, realistic animal portrait takes time and close-observation. Pastels are a good medium for traditional fine art as they can build depth on the page through an iterative process of application. Coloured pencil, watercolour, acrylic and oil are also used to create traditional fine art animal paintings and pet portraits. Donkey Pet Portrait Painting 2015 : Pastel This donkey has a gentle expression and kind eyes willing to connect with the human spirit - perhaps it's why donkeys appeal to all ages. They are often affectionately depicted as weight-bearing, 'package' transport and as plodding, slow-coaches giving rides on the beach - but this doesn't allow for their individuality to shine through their hum-drum routines. Fortunately, for many, this is no longer the case, as donkeys nowadays are treated with more c
Honey Bee Illustration Traditional Bee Drawings at wildlife workshops. Enjoy a wildlife art workshop drawing bees! Beginner artists and nature enthusiasts can explore the world of bees and bee art through bee drawing workshops, alongside artists wishing to improve their art skills and discover more about the wildlife world of bees! This wildlife drawing of a honey bee was initially created as a quick sketch in preparation for a bee show. The original rough sketch had been done and, with a few colours applied to give an impression, it was left only partially coloured and a very rough version of what had been planned for a complete drawing of a bee. Before it was completed, however, several enquiries had been made, asking to purchase the rough bee drawing and, eventually, this bee was created but not before several hours of research into the anatomy of bees had been carried out! It was a good experience, though, because it provided the necessary information to get on and
The wildlife challenge for today's wildlife nature blog was set by the 30 Days Wild : Scale to Great Heights. In other words - climb a tree. 30 Days Wild wildlife blog : Squirrel climbing a tree. Wildlife Nature Challenge : Climb a Tree Sometimes it's nice to take the easy option and let the professional do it. For the #30dayswild post in 2016, Nature Challenge : Scale to Great Heights , click here .