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Crazy Cats

Video Duration: 31 mins

Estimated time to complete the lesson: 2-3 hours

(pause video as needed to complete steps, but please complete at your own pace)

This tutorial is recommended for adults and children 10+.

Use watercolour or gouache to create this fun cat!

  • be guided step by step through the various layers and techniques

  • learn valuable skills relating to the use of watercolours or gouache

  • design an attractive composition inspired by cats

  • pick up handy tips

Materials:

 

  • watercolour paper

  • watercolours or gouache paints

  • pencil and eraser

  • medium and fine watercolour brush

  • white gouache

Notes:


REMEMBER – there are no rules, don’t be afraid of experimenting!

These are my tips, to be used as as a guideline for creating this particular work, in conjunction with the video. Pause the video after each step and then complete that stage at your own pace. You can always go back to gain clarification on a particular aspect of the process:

  • start by drawing the eyes, nose and mouth only, don't worry about the shape of the head, neck or ears at this stage

  • by making the eyes big, with the tops straight and sloping inwards, they will look 'crazy' - follow my shapes

  • make the nose and mouth smaller

  • prepare your colours before starting any painting - you will need to mix water into colours for the eyes, nose, mouth and body

  • fill in the coloured parts of the eyes with a light and bright colour such as yellow

  • rim these with a slightly darker colour such as green

  • whilst this is drying, paint the nose and tongue with a light pink

  • use black for the pupils (not much water) and the grey shadows (more diluted black) around the eyes and the nose

  • you may need to build up some of the areas as the colours dry lighter

  • make sure you have plenty of your main colour mixed up - this will be used to fill in the head, neck and ears

  • try to stay loose and splashy, starting in the centre and working your way out until you are happy with the head shape

  • add ears

  • blow some of the colour along the top of the head and cheeks to make whiskers and crazy hair

  • put a small amount of pink in the ears

  • add white dashes in the eyes to make them look shiny
  • rim the eyes and ears with some black and blend this out a little

  • use diluted black to add some grey areas around the nose and cheeks and on one side of the head

  • use black to create some freckles and hairs in the ears, as well as any other details you think you need

  • white can be used for lines under the eyes and in the ears, and under the cheeks

  • add a neck if you want (you may not want to)

  • finish with some splashes in the background.

 

QUESTIONS: Please feel free to send me an email at houseofjules1@gmail.com


Happy Creating!