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How to Paint a Black Cat in Watercolor

How to Paint a Black Cat in Watercolor by Rebecca Rhodes

How to Paint a Black Cat in Watercolor, the full step-by-step videois live at my Online School!

You can view a taster video on my Youtube channel.

This tutorial is available with the monthly subscription, or as a single course.

Here’s the Process:

WIP black cat in watercolor by rebecca rhodes

Step 1:  Establish the main features – the eyes, ears, nose, and some of the mouth.

  • Use a watery grey mix of blue and brown, to outline the main features of the eyes, nose, and mouth, creating a map that can be followed in future applications.
  • Continue with the under painting – the lightest color that can be seen in the head and neck, starting with the yellow of the eye, and then pale, watery pink in parts of the nose and corners of the eyes.
  • The ear is a mix of pink, blue, purple, yellow, and some grey.

WIP black cat in watercolor by rebecca rhodes

Step 2: Under Painting

  • Move to the under painting in the head and neck, first a pale blue, and then grey.
  • This is the lightest color that can be seen underneath the fur.
  • During this process, I’m planning ahead, mapping shapes to use as a guide in future applications.

WIP black cat in watercolor by rebecca rhodes

Step 3: Refine the Eye, Darkest Shapes

  • Next, I’ll revisit the eye with deeper yellow. View the eye tutorial free of charge!
  • You can see step by step photos of the eye in my previous blog post.
  • As the eye dries, I’ll lay out the darkest shapes in the head and neck using a watery grey.
  • Further refine the eye with brown and black.

WIP black cat in watercolor by rebecca rhodes

Step 4: Deepen Darks, Map Shapes

  • Continue to deepen the darkest parts and map shapes, applying the beginnings of fur markings and textures.
  • This is a watery to milky consistency.
  • Create the little whisker markings in the cheek.
  • Little by little, shapes are connected and values deepened.

   WIP black cat in watercolor by rebecca rhodes

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Fur Markings, Deepen Darks, Refine Ear

  • Apply rough fur markings everywhere.
  • Once again, deepen the darkest parts.
  • Further refine the colors of the ear.
  • Apply fur markings around the ear, followed by the longer hairs.

WIP black cat in watercolor by rebecca rhodes

Step 6: Finer Hair Markings, Deepen Values, Smooth Textures

  • Deepen the mid-tones, creating depth and contour, along with smoother transitions from black to grey.
  • Apply finer, more detailed fur markings, being aware of the length and contour of the hairs.
  • Deepen values and adjust texture and shapes so there’s a smooth transition from dark to mid-tone to light values.

WIP black cat in watercolor by rebecca rhodes

Step 7: Smooth Textures

  • Apply plain water over all black areas and the ear, to smooth the textures just a bit.
  • When this has dried, reinforce areas that need to go darker in value or need additional texture.

Black Cat in Watercolor by Rebecca Rhodes

Step 8: Final Steps

  • Make final enhancements to the eye.
  • Reinforce the deepest blacks, create fine hairs and whiskers.
  • And this cat is finished.

I hope you can use these techniques in your own paintings, and feel free to comment if you have questions.

Thanks for visiting!


 



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