When I work on illustrations of cats, I use a reference because I’ve never been an artist who remembers the details of an object from my imagination. A lot of times, I can work out the surroundings, or take a quick look at something, say, a table, and draw it. But, for the main subject, kitty!, I usually work from a photo. I like photos not so much because I want to capture every whisker, but more because there’s usually the placement or angle of a pose that I want to capture.
My sweet, long-suffering Emily was just waiting for me to finish working in the studio one night when I took this shot. Later, I used it as inspiration for the painting on the right.
For my holiday series, I first come up with the idea for the composition. Then, I search through my hundreds (literally) of cat photos for…
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