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Our lovely cat Mocha

As holidays come to a close and we head back to our routines Mocha will welcome the peace.

Today the kids went back to school and Joanne and I got back in to our busy routines, and Mocha, our elderly indoor tortie cat seemed to take a large sigh of relief.

Last night she looked a little tired as she laid curled up in her basket by the radiator, her chin resting on the side of her basket. I drew this sketch, while she watched us all watching the television.

So enjoy the peace and quiet Mocha, it will soon be another noisy weekend!

Pussy cat portrait

A recent commission of a beautiful cat had me stepping out of my comfort zone, which is always good if a little daunting.

I love how this puddy cat turned out. One of my first commissions of the lock down and as it was a gift I couldn’t share it right away.

Here are a few photos of how it came together, starting with a pencil sketch drawn from a photo, which was emailed to me.

I find portraits quite hard as I think everyone sees their loved ones slightly differently to everyone else, and matching that can be a little tricky. It is always such a relief when a client is pleased!

Once I was happy with my drawing I inked over and rubbed out the pencil marks, before adding a touch of watercolour to pick out the fur.

Finally I added the purple which was a bit of a gamble for me but he needed something to lie on and I like the contrast in the finished piece.

If you would like an original drawing of your pet drop me a line and I’ll send you price details and a few examples. Cheers, Mark ES

Mocha, my wee buddy

This evening Mocha, the Sketcher Cat wanted a little attention.

She is an elderly lady now at around 17 years of age, we got her and her sadly departed sister from Edinburgh’s Cat and Dog Home many years ago.

Mocha (named after her chocolate coloured coat) has been a constant purring pal during my time as Edinburgh Sketcher and when I am working from home she always sits close by seeing what I am up to, tapping the keys of my laptop and walking across my watercolour paintings!

Tonight she was head butting my mobile phone and telling me to stop working and give her some cuddles. I did, but had to sketch this first 😉

My cat and I, sitting watching the telly the other night

Moch_on_my_knee The Sketcher cat, Mocha. Not one for hogging the limelight, or even looking at you when sketching or taking a photo.

Mocha is a beautiful tortoiseshell cat, fifteen years old and on the cold nights in Edinburgh she likes to curl up on my, or Mrs Sketcher’s knee.


I love to draw her fur, beautiful colours but also random line work, a change from the ordered straight lines from buildings and architecture.


As she was on Sunday evening as we both watched Shetland together. Very tense we thought it was too.


Sketch is in blanck fine liner with a watercolour wash. If you would like your pet portrait sketched prices start at £65. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com



Mocha 2011 sketch

Mocha 2013 sketch