Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sebastian & Sylvester/Two Cats Play Amid Roses and Cardinals

A pure-hearted cat lover's two feline companions playfully interact with a crimson red cardinal in a summer garden of soft-hued roses, while Mrs. Cardinal watches from the bush.

The Final Illustration:

The Stars:

....introducing Sylvester!

....introducing Sebastian (aka Junior)!

A few thumbnails...trying to figure out the composition:

The Sketch:

The Challenge:

I must say, I was a bit intimidated with figuring out how to build depth in the fur of a black cat. Some lavendars and blues did the trick!

Believe it or not, I started this illustration about a year ago. Amid painting, drawing, and photography classes, painting a chair for CHAIRity, a violin for a symphony's Painted Violin project (post to come!), and wonderfully fun children's magazine illustrations....this cat illustration has taken a back seat. It feels great to have it on paper smiling back at me! ;)

If you enjoyed this post, please check out:
* Illustrating a Dog-Gone Cute Christmas Card
* Sparkle Magazine/Hiking in the Dark
* Black and White - You Remember Film?

Thanks for stopping by!