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: