Pet Portrait - Purdy

Posted by Chris Millard on

Pet portrait Purdy the cat

Creating Purdy 

This was a recent pet portrait I was commissioned for as a gift to the owners of Purdy who had recently passed away. She was a beautfiul cat that lived to the incredible age of 19.

I created the portrait working from photos that I was sent, sketching the initial outline in pencil before outlining in ink and gradually building up the colour using watercolour paints. 

To add in the final finer details I used black pen and pencils to pick out the texture of her fur and whiskers.

Below I've included a few of the shots I took from each stage so you can see how the portrait progressed and came together to be the final image you see above.

 Purdy initial pencil sketch

Stage One - Initial pencil sketch of Purdy

Purdy cat portrait - initial outline in grey ink

Stage Two - Adding black fine liner over my initial sketch 

Cat portrait initial watercolour washes after outlining

Stage Three - Initial watercolour washes of Purdy

Cat portrait progress shot of building up watercolour detail and depth

Stage Four - colour building with further watercolour washes

Cat portrait final stage progress shot adding in the fur detail using fine liner and pencil

Final stage - adding in the fur and whisker detail using fine liner and pencil

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