DIY Watercolor Cat Tutorial
Hey you! It’s Zakkiya of Inkstruck Studio and I’m back with another wonderful watercolor tutorial for you. Today’s post is a watercolor cat tutorial. I’ll be talking about composition, elements and more. So, let’s do this!
DIY Watercolor Cat Tutorial
I was absolutely blown away by the response to my DIY animal illustration tutorial. And I thought why not to do another one?! I love pairing different elements along with my main focus to create a finished illustration. 90% of the time when I do animal illustrations, I pair them with flora. The combination seems to work great. In today’s watercolor cat tutorial, I’ll be pairing my little kitty with some vine leaves, simple florals, and butterflies.
Materials required for the watercolor cat tutorial:
Steps to follow:
Step 1: I usually love going in directly with my paints. But sometimes, to get proportions and the composition right, I roughly draw an outline in pencil. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Next, start laying down a rough wash. The colors used here are gray with a touch of brown. Use the wash to cover the face, except for the eyes, nose, cheeks and inside of the ears.
Step 2: Lay down the details like the mouth area and around the eye. This can be done while the paint is still slightly wet.
Step 3: Fill in the details for the features of the face. Start adding the fur pattern all across the forehead moving over to the cheeks.
Step 4: Paint the final touches like the eye-lashes, dots on the face and some more of the fur pattern. For the body, I wanted it to feel like it’s blending with the background. Hence, stopping half way through and blending to form a gradual wash. Also, make sure to add the fur details while the paint is still wet to give it a sort of fuzzy look.
Step 5: Allow the paint to dry fully. Next, paint the whiskers. Start adding the vine leaves as though emerging from the background. Have few that go in front of the head and then some that go behind so that it looks natural.
Step 6: Add the floral elements. Some in bunches. I also added a few butterflies which you can also replace with bumble bees, lady birds etc.
Step 7: Allow the painting to be bone-dry. Add highlights that make the features pop using white ink and complete the illustration. The reflection in the eyes, some whiskers, the nose etc are some examples. As always don’t forget to look at it from a distance and see if there’s anything off with the composition.
I hope you enjoyed the watercolor cat tutorial. If you love learning about watercolors and want to hone your skills, I have a detailed e-book coming out on March 28th and you can read all about it here.
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ZAKKIYA @ INKSTRUCK STUDIO