Art

My drawing process

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Making of pirate cat - Doodlecats

I get asked lots of questions about how I make my pictures so I thought I’d show you a glimpse of the process I go through.

All my drawings start out as a pencil sketch. This often takes the longest as I draw a few versions, work out how I want things and usually get a lot wrong before I get it right.

Next, I ink my work, for this one I used an Edding 1800 profipen 0.3. Once the ink is done I scan or photo the image and if necessary tidy up my ink work in Photoshop.

Next I import the drawing into Adobe Illustrator and get to work on the lines and shading. I like shading first as it brings the drawing to life. Finally the colours is added. There are lots of tutorials on using Illustrator out there if you want to learn.

Here’s the final image.
Pirate Cat - Doodlecats

Gnome Makeover

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Here are my happy little garden gnomes which I decided to paint.

After

As you can see, they were tired and faded after a summer in the sun so they needed new outfits.

I used acrylic paints and I’m going to varnish them before they go outside to make sure they’re extra protected. I want my hard work to last a while.

Before

Being ill has really drained my creativity and sometimes I need to do silly little projects like this to get myself back in the mood for making things. It was a lot of fun. I’m going to be on the look out for gnomes at carboot sales this summer :D

Digital Artist Tutorial

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

When I don’t feel well, I find it difficult to be creative. I still feel the need to draw though and often get frustrated. I solved the problem by following a tutorial in Digital Artist Collection so that I didn’t have to think about what I was doing and could just play around.

From Digital Artist Collection

The perfectionist in my is freaking about all the randomness and messy bits but I still had fun and it’s totally different to my usual style. I think it’s good to break out of comfort zones sometimes.

Crazy Colourful

Cats Protection – Celebrity Paws

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Last year I blogged about the auction that Cats Protection put on every year selling the ‘paw prints’ of celebrities. This year they asked me to join in!!

This is my paw print, it will be available to bid on from the 29th November with all money raised going to my favourite charity in the world – Cats Protection.

Check out the Cats Protection site for more information.

My Paw Print

How I make my pictures

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Lots of people ask me what software I use to create my drawings so I thought I would show you how my work develops and what I use. I taught myself to use all the various different programs and I still don’t know what half the functions do. I have used online tutorials and books as well as a lot of trial error.

My process

Cat-Rabbit in a hat

Christmas is coming!

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

It’s only two months till Christmas! It really has arrived too soon, I’m not ready!! I’ve just finished off my card designs so they’ll be off to the printers next week. It’s a Christmas costume party time for the Doodlecats this year.

PARTY

Patterns

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Final pattern

I really love creating patterns. I hope to make wrapping paper one day but it’s a huge investment that might have to wait for a while. Until then I’m going to use the patterns I create on cards, notebooks, journals etc.

I started off drawing some kitties in Illustrator. I wanted the lines to be finer than in my usual work. Lots of dark lines can make a bright pattern seem darker than I would like it to.
Illustrator Doodles

Then I wanted to create something more colourful so I used one of the cat drawings, started a simple pattern and then changed the colours so they were all different
Colouring kitties

I liked it on white but it’s not a practical colour for things that get a lot of use like notebooks as the white starts to look grubby. Plain blue looked nice but I was even happier when I added the subtle spots.

Screen Printing

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Screen Printing

Last night I had my first go at screen printing, it was awesome!!! I have been wanting to do it for so long and I can’t wait to get experimenting with t-shirts and bags.

This was my first attempt so it’s a bit patchy. the drawing I used to print from wasn’t quite black enough so some light got through which has created the slightly faded look. Lesson learnt, I know what to do to sort that out now. It’s quite a nice effect on these prints anyway so I’m not worried.

Screen Printing

Doodley Doodlecats

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Doodleydoodlecat

I’m doing a class next week to learn how to screen print and I’ve been designing some cats to try out the techniques with. With screen printing, the colours are limited (as you have to do a screen for every different colour) so I am working on some designs that will work in just one colour. Once I’ve got my confidence with the printing I hope to go on a try with more colours. I can’t wait!

Doodleydoodlecat

Doodle Zoo

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

lion

I was recently commissioned to draw zoo animals. My first reaction was that ‘I can’t do that, it’s not cats!’ but I’m glad I said yes because it was a lot of fun and I’m pleased with the results.

zebra

tiger

monkey

giraffe penguin