Time to turn it up a notch with 100 cats

 

I got some new exciting ideas that involves cats. But one thing bugs me. I’m quite ok at drawing them, but I still feel that hmm.. They’re not quite there yet. I’m especially uncomfortable with my own style. Painted a cat a while back, my kitteh Zimba to be exact. It looked like this:

Oh my gawd. Disaster. I’m uncomfortable as hell when it comes to drawing and painting cats. I think that this one looks like.. A bad Disney imitation? Not sure. Nothing wrong with Disney though! I love Disney. But I’m currently striving for a different, more personal, mature art style as well, if you know what I mean? Combining cute and bubbly with seriousness.  And to widen my artistic library, so I don’t draw them the same way over and over again. But this painting above, ghah. Just nope.

Getting back to basics with 100 cats

In order to solve this minor issue of mine, I’ll have to step up my game big time.

I love setting up personal goals, especially measurable ones. As you may know, it’s not enough to just set “Getting better at blablabla” as a goal. Regarding art, a popular way to get better is to draw 100. Works the same way as putting 10.000 hours into something you want to become good at. So yeah you guessed it! I’m gonna draw 100 cats.

I’ve already started! On my 28th cat so far. At first I thought that could draw 10 cats a day but ehehehehm… Nah. It will take longer than 10 days to finish this challenge. But I’m determent to make it.

Quality over quantity. Gonna be SO worth it!

Some kittehs that I’ve done so far:

 

I’ll do a follow up as soon as I’m done with all 100 ◠◡◠

Here’s a little video that goes along with this post, with some extended talking. Managed to record a time lapse of one of the cats, ha! Tigers count, mjehe. It’s been a while since my latest video, so glad I’m slowly getting back on track with that as well.


What are your current artistic struggles?

 

4 Comments

  1. Rania {Rowan Tree} 11 January, 2017 at 09:07

    Iiiih katter! Så fina allihopa ju! Det ska bli kul att se alla 100st sen och hur du utvecklats av det, superbra projekt!

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    1. Andrea 24 January, 2017 at 19:58

      Taaack :D Va kul att du gillar de! Ja Katter e bäst, förstår inte hur jag har klarat mig utan katt när jag växte upp haha. Ska bli spännande att se sen om man lärt sig nåt! Men det går saaakta :)

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  2. Mike 12 January, 2017 at 08:54

    Hey Noukah,
    Long time reader, first time poster. I’ve been wanting to do the same thing with portraits and I was wondering when do you consider a cat ‘done’? At what point do you decide to move on? Based on your post there are different levels of polish. Sometimes line art, sometimes a little bit of shading for form and other times a deeper dive into polishing.
    As always, thank you for sharing!
    Mike

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    1. Andrea 24 January, 2017 at 20:00

      Hey Mike, thanks for stopping by! :)

      Hmm, it depends. I consider the sketch done, when I feel that I know what I’m drawing. Some sketches take longer to nail, and needs more iterations before it feels readable, and some need less time. Gut feeling!

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