Many of you have been asking: *”But Alex, how can I draw a cat realistically?” So, as a way to say thank you for all your lovely messages, here’s my contribution to help you achieve your life’s goal of drawing a believable cat. Just follow this easy steps and you’ll get there. It’s a no brainer!
1. Work out the proportions, body language, composition, cropping, intentions, motives and underlying emotiveness of your subject. Try and decide at this point what is it this cat is actually thinking about? Then translate it in some basic lines, don’t worry if it looks rubbish at this stage, it’s meant to look like that!
2. Now map out all the shady areas, to be more precise the areas that are not going to be in direct contact with the light and that, as result of this, are darker than the rest. They do this so we can tell them apart. Add some whiskers if that makes you feel safer.
3. Add some detail.
And you’re done! I bet you never realised it was so easy. Feel free to leave lots of grateful comments underneath. Now go and show off to the world your new skills and be happy!
* Not really.
So, this is the design I was working. It was a custom designed and custom made iPad holder for my lovely wife. It has a concealed magnet within the plywood so she can easily and quickly stick it on the fridge when it’s not needed.
As you can see, I was aiming for practical. Here’s another image with some magnet action.
Here’s a sneak preview of a little project I’m just finishing up with composer Chris Harrington, which for a change we did in reverse to the usual workflow. Although more by accident than design, the music came first and I sort of had to reverse engineer to work out what story the music was telling.
It has been a lot of fun. I can’t wait to show you all.