Sunday, June 26, 2011

Portrait Of A Princess

This morning I decided to do a watercolor of Princess from yesterday's sketch. Somehow the drawing got a little squashed vertically, so I elongated it a little in Photoshop. I traced the sketch onto my watercolor paper with my light box, using a 2H pencil and a light touch so as not to score the paper.

Years ago, I used to do lots of pet portraits. I learned early on to do the eyes first, because they are the gateway to the soul of the animal and if the eyes are not right, the rest of the painting won't be either. I was satisfied with the way they turned out, so I went on to finish it. You can see the painting on my web log here.

"The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat."  ~ Jules Reynard

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."  ~ Mary Bly

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."  ~ Terry Pratchett

I will post our next sketching challenge tomorrow.