Tabby Cat Portrait

This Tabby cat portrait is a small 5"x 5" in oil, which is ideal for gift giving. It's small size is easy to fit on a side table and a wonderful way to give a one of a kind gift to someone very special. Best yet, the price for these little gems does not break the bank, yet says it's a very special one of a kind gift.

Tabby Cat reference photo

 

The colors in the reference photo were washed out and everything looked rather flat. The objective with this painting was to give the head dimension and make it pop. One way to separate the figure from the background is to really play with contrast. 

underpainting

 First a bunch of colors were randomly placed just to fill the areas of the painting. Depending on the light in the room colors can appear lighter or darker. What is around a figure also effects the tones we see. If you wear a pink t-shirt for example your skin will have a pinkish glow especially under the chin area. This reflective light can turn greenish if you were to wear a green T-shirt.  That's why I place pretty much any color I spot in the painting. See the green tones in the neck area?

With every new layer new paint is added, but just enough to make sure that some of that underlaying color still shines through. I made this video so you can see how the layers are build up towards the finishing of the painting. 

Here is the finished painting ...

 

If you like me to paint a similar portrait of you cat just click below.

Related Posts

Vegas Mini Style
Vegas Mini Style
Dioramas are so much fun to make and I often wished I had more time other than the evenings and weekends to work on them
Read More
Reviving an Old Photograph - Portrait of a Child
Reviving an Old Photograph - Portrait of a Child
Old Photos can be revived and turned into a beautiful paintings. Color corrections and further enhancements are graduall
Read More
Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!
As the year comes to a close and the holiday rush tapers down my team and I want to take a moment and thank you for your
Read More
Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

* “As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.This page might contains affiliate links, therefore if you choose to purchase after clicking a link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.” *

Gift Ideas

1 of 10

Shop Miniatures

1 of 7

New Freebies for Crafters

1 of 12

Meet the Artist

"My Name is Enzie (NC) and I am a multi disciplinary artist based in southern California, USA.

I specialize in life size commissioned pet and people portraits and hand crafted gift items. My designs are also features on a variety of decor and gift items for the collector who desires something unique.

Thank you for stopping by and supporting an artist with your purchase! "

Enzie

Bio