Christmas Kittens

Cats are notorious during Christmas.  You keep hearing stories how they knock down Christmas trees and trample on decorations.  Not cute at all!  Maybe they feel a bit left out?  Up to now in my paintings, I’ve been focussing on Little One, Bunny and Teddy so perhaps the Kitties need a little attention too.  So I thought a kawaii drawing of them would keep them happy.  Now, remember that naughty neighbourhood ginger tabby? I haven’t seen her in a while!  Maybe because it’s too cold.   How about some simple but sweet coloured pencil piece for her?  And let’s add a little kitten too so she’s not alone?

Outlining with Markers

I used Strathmore’s larger sized 11×14 inch Colored Pencil Paper (163 gsm) for this special drawing.  Firstly, I outlined by pencil my design and then traced it with Faber Castell’s Pitt Artists Pens in various colours I felt fit.  These markers are made of India Ink which means they are permanent and waterproof.  In the past and when I first began drawing a few years ago, I used to use these markers in combination with coloured pencils and they work well together.  Great to be able to go back to them again!

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Filling in with Coloured Pencils

I was a bit lazy to dig out my usual Holbein coloured pencils this time as it comes in a big box, and there is little space to put it on the table with all the Christmas junk on top!  Instead, Staedler’s Ergosoft pencils were used.  I forgot how wonderful they are, in fact, just as good as my Holbeins but at a lower price tag,  As the name suggests, the lead is soft enough to yield more  colours and the pigment are quite vibrant.  The pencils were blended using some non-odour turpentine (Sennelier’s Essence Sans Odeur) which worked really well as seen below.  Even the markers didn’t smudge!  The stains from the turpentine go away after an hour or so.

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After letting the turpentine dry, I went over the pencils to add some shade and shadows.  This is something I need to work on more!  To enhance the kitties more, I blended some red to reflect the outfits.  I avoided leaving the white bits uncoloured and added a bit of red and grey.  The eyes I made hazel green for our Ginger neighbourhood tabby.  So far, so cute, but we need the whiskers!

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Adding Details with Markers

As finishing touches, I added the eyes of the tinier kitty using the Faber Castell markers.  The same I did for the lashes and the whiskers.  Here I used brown rather than black so as not to make the details too overpowering.  And now!  I hope the cats will be happy and behave this Christmas.  And the ginger tabby, I wonder what she’s up to.  Hope she and her little friend will like what I’ve prepared for them!

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Being a rather busy time of the year, but needing to relax by getting creative, I made my drawing quite simple as I have with the other Christmas-themed pieces.  It would have been funner to add some glitter or embellishments like sequins but I simply had very little time unfortunately.  Next Christmas I hope to be able to set more time aside and do some seriously elaborate stuff.  As for now, I wish you all a Kawaii Christmas and Prosperous 2020!

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