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Re: Itty Bitty Book of Kitty

Thank you! Jacqui, yes, it does feel protective sometimes when he puts his paw on me like that. And completely trusting. He'll climb up on my lap and get possessive, then relax so much that he melts and spreads out as if he hasn't got a bone in him.
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Here we go! With this page, I've now put at least one new drawing or painting into all four of my current art journals. I'm crazy keeping up so many different ones, but it's fun and it's actually working -- on good days like this it is!


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Re: Itty Bitty Book of Kitty

the underlying bone structure and movement of the fur are really well observed - and he looks blissfully comfortable :>)

Mine likes to lie with her nose tucked into my neck - but won't tolerate laughing or talking - she gets very cross and wags her tail warning me to be quiet.
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Seems Ari will cooperate with your sketching him, if he's in your lap. Another great Ari sketch.
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Aww Vivien, that's so sweet. Ari doesn't mind my talking or typing as long as I pause to scritch him frequently and sweet-talk him while I'm doing it. I constantly sweet-talk my cat. He likes it. I think he knows it's my human style of purring, knows the tone, understands it's love.

Yep, Debby, he's becoming much more cooperative. Maybe he's finally grasping that when I draw him, I'm not using a flash camera! That it's just another form of affection.
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I definitely love the way you draw Ari's fur!
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Aww, what a cute cat Lovely sketches!
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Thank you! Sandra, look close at any cat's fur. The way I do him in these sketches is also a guide to painting him -- fur on animals looks totally real if you get the shadows in with strokes going in the direction of the fur. This tends to make sense after time and even unrelated animals, it's easier to see fur direction after a while. It also works for human hair.

Aiylah, thank you! He's just as sweet offline as he is cute in the drawings.
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This must be like a mini-game where you grab every chance you can get to sketch him knowing he can't stay still for long! Loving the little gestures and poses. They are very natural.

And yes, so many things to draw but so little time
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Yes, that's exactly what it is. I spot him in a good pose, grab the pencil and sketch very quickly, then detail after he's moved into a new position. Or draw the new position very fast. He's starting to like the game since I'm sweetening it up with cat treats when he poses well.
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Another lovely drawing of Ari. . . they way you contour him and suggest his coloring without color is so cool.
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I like the bribery!

Ours know they get a treat after the trauma of going to the vet and trot straight to their dishes on getting home!

Getting them into the travel box can be a painful experience - whereas they walk straight back into it on the vets table when it's time to go.

And yes, watching the direction of the fur is essential - also thinking about the underlying bone/muscle. Cats are so fluid and change shape so much with different poses that some people forget these.
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Oh this is such a cute sketch book! LOVE the Ari cat sketches and the one of Jasper! I love small sketches and you put so much detail into them :-)
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Thank you, all three of you. Yes, Viv, through drawing Ari I've gotten a good understanding of his bones and muscles too. He's a very husky, muscular cat. Not fat, but he's buff under all the fluffy fur. I can tell when I pet him and he doesn't mind my gently exploring his arms and legs or back to understand his anatomy as long as there's plenty of good scritching going on.

Rainy, a lot of how I suggest his coloring is by placing more or fewer fur strokes. They're always in the direction and sometimes the shape of clumps of hair or rather, shadows of clumps of hair in light areas. It's possible to get a good range of values with penwork if you're careful and practice a lot -- but what have I practiced as much as Ari's fur? lol

Rachel, thank you! Small sketches are so much easier for me because I love putting that much detail in and when I work larger, it takes forever.

I love drawing Ari and I've done it so much that on a really bad sick day when I'm only up to one quick sketch -- it'll be a three minute cat gesture. He came out well despite how bad I feel, whew!


Ari - Itty Bitty Book of Kitty page 7
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Sakura Pigma Micron size 08 black
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From life of course.
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Re: Itty Bitty Book of Kitty

Two more pages. I did another sketch yesterday but didn't scan till I finished the page it was on.


Itty Bitty Book of Kitty, Page 8
2 1/2" x 4"
Sakura Pigma Micron sepia brush pen and size 03 black pen
Moleskine Volant 80lb cream drawing paper.

Here's the second Guest Cat for the volume. Artist Suzette Morrow demonstrates an unusual, creative style of sketching. So that's why Wally has such interesting markings! Love the white space on his chest and paws.


Itty Bitty Book of Kitty, Page 9
2 1/2" x 4"
Sakura Pigma Micron black sizes 08 and 03 pens
Moleskine Volant 80lb cream drawing paper
Photo reference with permission by Suzette Morrow.
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