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
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 😉