How to Paint a Cat in Acrylics (part 2 of 2)

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Cat Painting of Buster in Acrylic Paints.

Cat Painting of Buster in Acrylic Paints.

After sketching Buster (which I admit was fairly heavy-handed), and laid in a watercolor-style “wet on wet” wash.  This consists of wetting the paint board (which I had instead of a canvas), and then you start dropping in color and letting them run together–up and down left and right.  Lifting the board and moving it to achieve a crazy look.  You’ll see in the original source photos that the deck doesn’t actually look exactly like that, but I wanted to accentuate the sun dappled effect to its maximum (remember to give your painting a “painterly” look).

For this painting, as with my bird painting in another post, I bought some cheap Liquitex acrylic paints.  These are great because they are affordable, and you’ll be less likely to worry about messing up because you haven’t invested so much money.

Buster the Cat and his painting

Buster the Cat and his painting

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After I do the background, I laid in the heavier colors of details and started on the cat.  I layered color on color–you want him to have some softness on his furry self.

For the final detail of Buster, I made the mistake of only using two brushes the whole way through, and the smallest brush I could find for detail wasn’t nearly fine enough for the final detail on his face, and I think I kind of messed that up, but I had it finished in approximately 50 minutes from start to finish, and surprising my girlfriend’s stepmom was worth the brisk pace and some lack of detail.

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