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Cat Portraits with reference photos

Occasionally people will ask to see some of my pet portraits along with the reference photos used. I thought I'd share a few here and start with some cat portraits.

I usually like to work from one main photo for the pose and basic markings and use additional photos to help with other details, color, to get a sense of personality, or anything else that is unclear in the main reference.

kittens watercolor painting

Above, a portrait of two kittens, Willoughby and Magnus. I thought this was a great reference and I kept the painting pretty similar other than the clarification of the right kitten's body and tail. An 8x10" watercolor.

cat watercolor portrait

Above is another of my favorite cat portraits, this is Everett. A 5x7" watercolor portrait and one of the reference photos use. Although it's easier to draw from one main reference, sometimes I have to create something new from multiple pictures.

Below, the reference for a portrait of an orange cat, and resulting watercolor painting - another 5x7" portrait.

reference photo for cat portrait

orange cat portrait painting

Thanks for looking!

You can see more of my watercolor cat portraits here:

Swallow watercolor - work in progress

swallow painting work in progress

On my work table today, A new watercolor of a Barn Swallow. Painting some new birds for a show in the Spring.

New dog watercolor

dog watercolor

A new little dog portrait. And some in progess shots.