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Watercolor Painting: Cute Cat Step by Step

Learn main watercolor techniques and paint a realistic ginger cat today.

Watercolor Painting: Cute Cat Step by Step

Learn main watercolor techniques and paint a realistic ginger cat today.
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Prepare art materials you will need for this painting.
Paper, brushes, paints and more are discussed in this lesson. You don't need to stress out if you don't have exact same tools, just try to find a nice alternative. You can always ask me more questions about materials. I will be happy to help you choose.
Here we will talk best color combinations for our cat painting and work on a sketch.
Let's talk about colors we are going to use in this painting and what mixing rules must be applied to achieve a harmonious painting.
Download a pdf file with a cat reference and use it to sketch your cat on watercolor paper. Take the time for your sketch as it is a very important part of success when painting in realistic style.
This is a photo of our cat.
Let's use the knowledge and theory and apply our first layers. Start light and transparent.
Apply first watercolor layers on the cat face and work on underpainting.
After first layer got dry, apply next layers to achieve overlapping effect and build up depth.
Let's move to more detailed work and bring our cat to life
One of the secrets of realistic art is creating deep tones. Let's work on deepening tones step by step.
We are almost in the end of our watercolor journey! Few final steps and you get a beautiful realistic cat!
With already familiar wet-on-wet technique paint a cat's body.
Few final details left, such as highlights or whiskers, and you are all set!
This is a final watercolor artwork for your inspiration

Do you love pets? In this course, you will learn basic watercolor techniques while painting a cute cat.

Here you will feel comfortable with each step you make because each step is explained and demonstrated. Here you will know what you will get in the end. It is not a fantasy "do whatever" class, it is an actionable course where you will learn the real techniques and create realistic art.

This class expects people of intermediate level to participate, but it is great for all levels since I explain every step I take, demonstrate the process, and introduce all necessary techniques. No matter your level, you will have all the tools needed to paint this adorable ginger cat with me.

What will you get inside the course?

  • A detailed explanation of all art supplies I've used in this course + useful suggestions and alternatives.
  • Carefully planed-out preparation for the class.
  • Demonstration of the sketching process.
  • Explanation of all colors used in the class + each paint I used is mentioned and written down.
  • Break down of the color scheme for the painting.
  • Step by step demonstration of the painting process with an explanation of each move. Cat portrait is broken down into blocks: first layers, second layers, eyes/nose/mouth, body, background, details.

What will you learn in this course?

  • How to sketch a portrait of a cat on your chosen paper format?
  • How to prepare the color scheme for your particular artwork?
  • Rules of color mixing: primary and complementary colors, tones, and density.
  • How to use the wet-on-wet technique on cellulose paper?
  • How to use the layering technique?
  • How to fix mistakes and accidents on time?
  • How to paint realistic eyes: tones, shadows, highlights?
  • How to recreate the fluffy effect of cat's fur?

This class will lead you through the whole process of painting a realistic cat from scratch to a final result in real-time. No speeding up the video, no covering up mistakes - you will see all of it.

Here you will combine different watercolor techniques: layering, wet-on-wet, dry-on-dry, a loose style, and great detailing.

Requirements

Materials to be used:

  • Canson paper
  • Mid-sized synthetic brush
  • Small synthetic brush size 1-3
  • Big round or oval brush for washes
  • White gel pen

This class for intermediate students, so you must be familiar with the basics of watercolor or at least painted a few times already.

Prepare art materials you will need for this painting.
Paper, brushes, paints and more are discussed in this lesson. You don't need to stress out if you don't have exact same tools, just try to find a nice alternative. You can always ask me more questions about materials. I will be happy to help you choose.
Here we will talk best color combinations for our cat painting and work on a sketch.
Let's talk about colors we are going to use in this painting and what mixing rules must be applied to achieve a harmonious painting.
Download a pdf file with a cat reference and use it to sketch your cat on watercolor paper. Take the time for your sketch as it is a very important part of success when painting in realistic style.
This is a photo of our cat.
Let's use the knowledge and theory and apply our first layers. Start light and transparent.
Apply first watercolor layers on the cat face and work on underpainting.
After first layer got dry, apply next layers to achieve overlapping effect and build up depth.
Let's move to more detailed work and bring our cat to life
One of the secrets of realistic art is creating deep tones. Let's work on deepening tones step by step.
We are almost in the end of our watercolor journey! Few final steps and you get a beautiful realistic cat!
With already familiar wet-on-wet technique paint a cat's body.
Few final details left, such as highlights or whiskers, and you are all set!
This is a final watercolor artwork for your inspiration

About the instructors

Yana Shvets

Professional watercolor artist and teacher, full-time traveler and salsa dancer
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Hello from a full-time traveller and a professional watercolor artist!

I've been on a road since 2015 and keep constantly moving around the world while painting my adventures in watercolor.

My art is mostly realistic and inspired by people I meet and experiences I live through. My original art is available for sale as well as prints of those paintings. 

You can see my original art in my gallery: https://yanatravelart.com/

and check out prints here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/YanaTravelArt

I am also a co-founder of a watercolor blog with free tutorials: https://watercolortravelers.com/

As I travel the world I often host life watercolor workshops and intense courses. I have been organizing weekly watercolor classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for about a year and also offered workshops in other cities I traveled to.
My classes are created for people who are just starting their watercolor journey and those who are familiar with the basics. Due to my experience with teaching art to people of different nationalities and age, I've developed a special approach of teaching and delivering information. It's shown amazing success! 

Now my classes are available online and you can learn foundations of watercolor in a comfort of your home.

Follow my journey around the world and my art for inspiration on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yanatravelart/

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