Something Different! Something not a building!
A lady in my Awake course posted this excellent portrait of a cat done using in part some watercolour brushes and I thought it was EXCELLENT. Of course I wanted to try it and once I had the right brushes I had a go yesterday.
The top image is my first go, it got lots of excellent feedback, mainly that people wanted to see more of his face and ears. Problem was I cropped the ears in shot as I was just focussing on his face and eyes.
Therefore Take #2 was required. I also wasn’t as happy with the indirect gaze so wanted to change that too.
This was my second go – still not happy with the colour balance on his right side, his white body causes a big bright patch and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to fix it despite a range of creative experiments.
So I added the vertical text (another first) toning the colour in to match with the background shades of the image, hopefully to give a bit more visual weight there.
Just the usual layers, masks and lots of brush painting going on. Using different sizes and shapes of brush with different opacities really builds up a sense of depth and layering of the paint, which I enjoy.
I like the first one for the negative space and the second one for the chaotic background – Which Do You Like and Why?
All Feedback, Comments and Helpful Tips Welcome!