Well, That Didn’t Work

girlwFanAs the title states, that didn’t work. Some issues with the scanner, i.e. I didn’t get to it. But hey, I’ll blame the scanner.

But instead of the adventures of the cat, have a pretty girl waving a fan. Not quite a fan dancer, she’s far too proper for that. But she is nicely on pointe.

The Cat Came Back

cat3As promised to the multitudes out there, the third in the series is available. Catch them while you can!

This piece was inked using a brush. The fur comes out fluffier with the added width to the middle of the line using a brush. I had one brush I loved more than any other. I tried replacing it, but even a more expensive sable couldn’t compare to this really cheap one I had from a paint by numbers set. Not kidding, that thing was a champ. I used it until it lost all it’s hair.

The next assignment was to put the character in a scene. Could we place them, grounded, within a background? My cat is wary, and alerted to some danger! What could it be! Stay tuned!

Cat took a nap

Cat wandered off and took a nap. The next in the series will be up tomorrow night. I do have to scan the remaining two of the assignment. That was to place the character in a scene.

So what do you think Cavalier cat would be up to?

Cavalier Cat Sword in Hand

The purpose of this assignment was to show that we could create the same character consistently. To make sure we could create the outfit in different poses. The reason for anthropomorphic animals was human faces are hard. The focus was on the full figure. We were, also, supposed to ink each in a different technique.cat2

The first was using a technical pen. Yesh, does anyone remember those horrid things these days? They were expensive and tricky to clean. Nothing worse than when the thin little wire within would break and the huge globs of ink would just ooze out. Yet, it was the only way to get a consistent line width. Markers were frowned upon as not ‘professional’ enough for graphic arts. Indeed, the ink inside old markers faded within just a few months.

This kitty is inked with a crowquill pen. This instrument has more life to the line, but is harder to control. The pen is dipped in ink and is threaded through the tip. It’s easy to blot because there’s really nothing to keep the ink on the pen except for surface tension of the liquid. So being startled, or a cat nudgeing your hand, breaks the tension and slops ink all over the piece.

Kitty is victorious in his conquering of the crowquill.

Cavalier Cat

catI’ve been meaning to get this ball on the roll. Pull up a tankard of beer and sit yourself right down. I’m an artist and writer with a bunch of stories in my head. Setting these down in words and pictures is my mission.

This here little cat dude is a Cavalier Cat. I took a comic book and cartooning class and I was assigned to create an anthropomorphic character. The question was to make him in three poses and two scenes. Here’s his first post. He’s asking us all to gather up to the bar and have a grand ole time.