Cat sketch class teaching notes

These are demo sketches from a private lesson on cat sketching in watercolor.  

      

     

overall goal: to balance proportion with the details that interest us

*grid our reference photo into quadrants (this helps to reveal the proportions and the negative spaces around the animal)

*focus on the simple, underlying shapes and leave details for later

*light and dark

*local color (blackish brown stripes? pink in the ears?  green in the eyes?)

We began the class with watercolor gesture sketches:

cat gesture sketches

 
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