The Moon is full and the cats gather in the magical Forest of Felines to discuss vital kitty business. On the agenda this night are the serious topics of where the best sunny spots can be found, the pros and cons of dried cat food and how to get those pesky pet collars off.
I really had fun doing this one using an accidental mix of colour pencil, a few bits of watercolour, more watercolour, because I liked how it looked, some extra pencil followed by several dabbings of pen and ink. I had intended it to be entirely done with colour pencil but as usual I change my mind part way through and fiddle about until I end up with a mash of all different mediums. (Have I use the right word there? I mean different types of paint, pencil etc, not someone channelling mysterious ghostly messages from beyond the Veil…)
After a very busy morning of some series procrastination, it’s time to settle down with some colour Co-ordinated ice-cream!
The eleven Faber-Castell pencils I was running low of arrived from the ever excellent Cult Pens. (Not sponsored). I love ordering from them not only because of their speedy service but because they always include a little packet of sweeties!
What have been the cutest things around lately, I ask? Why, Baby Yoda and Baby Groot, of course! Oops, I mean ‘Generic Green Baby’ and ‘Generic Tree Baby’ (Please don’t sue me, oh vast and mega-powerful corporation of the Almighty Round-Eared Mouse!) Therefore, it was only natural to double the cuteness and draw them both together.
I used a mix of Windsor & Newton Promarkers, my miserably minute amount of Copics, and some Spectrum noir markers to lay down the base colours. I added colour pencils for subsequent layers mainly Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Drawing. I recently picked up a very, very tiny Sakura Pigma Micron drawing pen (005) which was a dream to pick out very, very tiny lines and details. I hadn’t realised until very recently that Sakura Pigma Microns come in several non-black colours! As soon as this discovery was made, a swift order was sent to Cult Pens. The Blue-Black, Green, Hunter Green and Fresh Green came in very handy. Because I hadn’t really thought of using coloured fineliners in previous drawings, I also reached for my Sepia Derwent Graphik Line Makers (0.3, 0.5 & 0.1) pens which I’ve had for ages but never used for some bizarre reason. These were perfect for Baby Groot’s, Generic Tree Baby’s twiggy details.
I had a load of fun doing this picture and it didn’t take too long either – something I’ve found is usually the case when I use markers for initial layers.
Here are some of the stages leading up to the final picture.
Right! I think it’s time to put the kettle on and have a nice cup of tea!
There’s a couple of new postcards available at Ye Olde Yellow Phonebox Etsy shop!
The first is called ‘Acorns’ and the other I’ve named ‘Small Guinea Pig, Big World’. They are printed from original pictures by myself.
‘Acorns’ was mainly done in Colour Pencil with a PanPastel background, while our piggy was mostly in watercolour.
Both are available in other forms too, such as A4 prints, A3 posters, Tea Cosy, Greeting Cards… Well, maybe not a tea cosy but I’m sure that could be arranged.
I’ve had these printed at a different printer to see how they would look, and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. Although they don’t have the rounded corners of previous postcards, they still look nice (IMHO).