View Full Version : Tabby Cat WIP and fur direction demo

12-13-2006, 09:02 PM
I've just worked this one up as a big demo/tutorial for my blog and thought it might be helpful to you guys here as well. Dee (Stormgirl) asked for a demo on the direction cats hair grows on their face and so I've done this one for that reason. Plus it's a general work in progress as well :D

It's 8x10 on drafting film, the ref photo is by Cravia in the RIL, thankyou! :) I chose a tabby cat because, if you're wanting to see the hair growth patterns in a cat, you can't beat a tabby!

Anyways, I won't say a lot, just show you the photo's because it's fairly self evident what's going on. There's more detail in my blog if you're that keen :)






12-13-2006, 09:05 PM





And the finished Painting :D I've called it Restful.

12-13-2006, 09:13 PM
OMG, when I grow up I want to be just like you Wendy - this is beautiful. No, in fact Stunningly gorgeous.

12-13-2006, 09:19 PM
Thank you so much for this wonderful lesson and your beautiful artwork. I'm new to WC and very new to colored pencils so having such talent share a great lesson is priceless. BTW, the cats eyes are sooooo real!. Jaka

12-13-2006, 09:43 PM
Another stunner, Wendy! Thank you! The eyes, they are like jewels... awesome. :)

12-13-2006, 09:50 PM
Thank you for doing this. I can't express how much it helps for the ones learning. :clap:


12-14-2006, 12:16 AM
OK, I am earmarking this tutorial, Wendy, since I want to do two kitties, one, my Siddhartha, whose pic is in the IRL, and one of my Silky, who crossed over a couple of years ago. You are a doll for doing this!!!!! Don't have time until after Christmas, shouldn't even be lollygagging around here right now, I have much to do! Probably won't get it all done at this rate . . . . . . .

12-14-2006, 02:12 AM
Thanks Liz! :)

Jaka, thankyou, I hope it helps!

Thanks Melissa...you know, I rather like jewels too...mmmm shiny :D

Cat, I hope it helps! :d

LOL Suzi, I feel the same way. I can't believe how much I have to do as well, it seems kind of impossible to get everything done with only a week left to go! Hard to believe this years gone so fast!!!

12-14-2006, 04:17 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! :D This is exactly what I needed, and now I have no excuse to not do my own cat... Except for the fact she moves every time I take a photo so I have nothing that is clear ;)

Ranking this one for future use!

12-14-2006, 05:33 AM
Wendy this is a beautiful piece of work, how long did it take to complete.
Best wishes and congratulations Ken..

12-14-2006, 05:36 AM

Anothr stunning peice!!!!!!georgeous eyes!!! It amazes me how well you get the reflections and depth. Even seeing it, I still can't beleive it.

And YES!!!!!THANK YOU so much for sharing your talent!!!For those of us who learn better by example step, by step(ahem:rolleyes: ), it's fanstic! I love the way, that by your technique, you can do the steps, glance away and when you return, voila', it's done!!!:lol: :lol: Just joking!!!Got another bob cat I'm doing, with more than the eyes, and hiding it so hubby doesn't grab it before I'm done.(he grabbed the eyes I did last time)This will really help with the color layering.Thanks!(wish there were more words in my vocabulary than to just keep saying thanks....but I am really thankful!

It's amazing how quickly you get these done, and so beautiful! Great tlent, and keep sharing,love it!!
I hope you're selling these on e-bay or some gallery, so you may get more supplies and share more of your talent.:)

12-14-2006, 09:14 AM
Some of the hairs look out of place!!!

You've communicated excellently thru the use of pictures and demonstrated an uncanny ability to capture yet another gorgeous creature!:thumbsup:

12-14-2006, 10:04 AM
"WOW" Wendy, thanks so much:clap: :clap: :clap: I attempted a kitten "Tiggy" with no idea of how to go about it (still not finished :eek: ). Now I have a much better idea, so I'll have to try it again after new year. This demo is greatly appreciated, and not just by me :D :thumbsup:

I've rated this thread and hope others do too :D

12-14-2006, 11:59 AM
:lol: :lol: Chissaii, I don't know where you got that little .gif, but it is sooooo "cat"!!!!!

Obviously I am not the only one who needed this demo, thanks again, Wendy!!


12-14-2006, 03:26 PM
hehe Dee, I'm glad it helps...now all you need is to follow the patterns and it doesn't matter if your cat sits still LOL :D

Thanks Ken! I think it took about 3 hours all up, maybe a little longer since I stopped for photo's and all :D

LOL Cindy, you'll need to leave mouse traps on your paintings to protect them from the hubby! hehe :D I'm glad you enjoyed this :D

Hahahaha Chisaii! Darn those stray hairs! heheh :D Where on earth do you get those cute little emoticons, he's so cute LOL :D

I'm glad it helps Janby! thankyOU :D

Rofl Suzi :D

12-14-2006, 04:13 PM
Wendy this is gorgeous! The eyes are fantastic and I don't know how you have the patience for that fur! :)

12-14-2006, 05:09 PM
I keep coming back to look at this...I love it!

12-14-2006, 11:29 PM
hehe thanks guys,. Oh trust me, it's got nothing to do with patience, that's one commodity in very short supply around me! I just do everything reaaaaaally fast or I'd bore way too easy :)

12-14-2006, 11:48 PM
Great lesson in fur. My moms been bugging me to draw my dog but I've never done anything furry before and I've been a little hesitant...