animals, Illustrations, scratchboard drawing

Silver Tiger Engraving

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This is a scratchboard engraving drawing on silver paper.  I have gone back and made some changes on the Cintiq.  I sure am having fun on the cintiq  and there are so many possibilities. It’s exciting to realize I am in my infancy here with this drawing tool..  What great things to look forward to.

Here it is in my online store: 

dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids

Two Cats are Best Buddies, version 2

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Here is another version of Two Cats Buds.  This one is done in india ink using a speedball nib and colored in watercolor pencils.  I enjoy playing with doing the same art in many variations.  It is a great treat to be able to enjoy these disciplines.

                                   Here is the version #1

Here is the link to see version #2 on product.

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animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing

2 cats are “best buds”, version 1

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My lovely friend Marta took a picture of 2 cats at the cat shelter here in Mexico, where she volunteers.  They have a lot of kittens, and cats and sr. citizen cats.  I drew these two and got carried away with the stripes and lines.   I fell in love with them and this is the first of a few treatments of these two sweethearts.  I drew them freehand in pen and ink and played a little bit in photoshop.  I will do another few paintings of them and let’s see how they will turn out.

What I love is their little body language.   Here they are on a big zipper pouch.

fantasy illustration, Holidays, Illustrations, kids

A little girl visits a pumpkin patch

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This little girl is a watercolor and she is on her own in Pumpkinville.  She brought a few miniature jack-o-lanterns with her to the fall party.  She was surprised to see lots of blue cats everywhere.  My goodness, what a creative thinker she is to explore this territory all by herself.

I decided to edit the painting digitally and present it as a circle.  It has an old fashioned quality to me and I thought that there is enough fantasy here to play a little.

Here is the image on products.  

 

dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids, simple photoshop, step by step, how to, thoughts behind the work

My Orchid Kitty

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This kitty is covered in orchids.  I had orchids sitting in front of me from my patio garden  and I drew the simple outline of kitty, added wings, a little bird and some fun and not so ordinary color palette.  Then I drew abstract fragments of the flowers on his body.  The little bird ended up having one of his wings looking like another bird facing in the opposite direction. a perk from heaven.

The font is Gigi.  I got the color just by going down a few shades darker than the orchid flower on the color wheel.  The whole drawing was done in photoshop with a few simple brushes.  lots of layers: orig. scanned art, outline, coloring, text, and a white layer in there to be able to see what it finally                                                                                            would look like.

I love getting comments.  Let me know what you think: either about this revision series or any comments on the art are appreciated.

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animals, dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work

Dude…2 cats in a love conversation

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A Big cat and little cat are having a love conversation. The big cat has camouflage artwork on his body and the little cat is making big body language. Who is talking to who? Who loves who?   It could go either way, so have fun with this.
Since I seem to be in my retro mood for the past few weeks, this was a small sketch in one of my many sketchbooks.  I always refer to my sketchbooks, whether the sketches are good or not.  The important thing is that you get the information down. Usually, the first sketch is the best one because that carries the message across in the strongest and most immediate way.  You can always tweet the drawing a little bit and get it to fit into what you want now.  This drawing was a little different because I kept it very raw and did not polish it up at all.

I scanned it and made sure I put it on a large white background leaving a lot of space to make room for a big text area.  I just made a mask and gave it a transparent background and then painted the cats some and with the direct selection tool, filled areas with different shades of black, greys and whites. I know there are artifacts all over the place but I am moving ahead and will repair the image later.  I hope this does not bother people too much.

this is how it looks on products: Dude-web

animals, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, Odd Little Stories, thoughts behind the work

Cat clouds good night

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Have you ever lost something and found it a long time later? Well, here’s one cat I remember drawing way back in 2004.  I found this little guy in a zip file that somehow got saved from disaster.  So I know he’s not very well drawn but this art came at a time in my life when I almost died.  I was recovering from major surgery and was trying to remember who I was as I had lost a lot of my memory.

I remember sitting in a little travel trailer and painting these little cats by the hundreds. I painted some on wood and some on paper. Most were just simple watercolors no bigger than 6 square inches.  I did some on scratchboard too.   Some survived.  They helped me clear my head, get my bearings and be optimistic for the future.  I love cats and this therapy did work.

Eventually a lot of my memory came back but I still don’t know what day or month it is most of the time.  My friends are very patient with me.

Here is the little guy on some products.