Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wrapped In Ribbon – New Cat Card Design For 2015

Photo Competition – Cats At Play… Winner Number 2   “Wrapped In Ribbon”

Thank you to Nicki Bailey for allowing me to use this lovely photograph which captures Dotti at play.

Photo Comp Winner - Nicki Bailey - Dotti

Comp Winner - Nicki (Stage 1)  Comp Winner - Nicki (Stage 2)  Comp Winner - Nicki (Stage 3)

The photograph was perfect to copy from as I could easily see every detail in that wonderful coat of hers.  Needless to say, it took a few more hours behind the drawing board to get this little kitten onto paper.  It took about 27 hours in total but well worth the effort.

As with, “Lean On Me” and all of the other portraits that I have done specifically for my card collection, this was drawn onto an A4 sheet of medium surface cartridge paper using a mixture of 2b to 5b pencils.

Colin Leonard’s design, the final of the three winning photo’s, will follow later on in the year.  I introduce eight new designs in the Spring of each year.  Colin’s will be joined by seven other new card designs early in 2016.  That all seems like a million miles away but with the January Sale being such a success I only have just under two months to fill with portrait bookings before the Christmas commissions start flooding in.

Lean On Me – New Cat Card Design For 2015

Photo Competition – Cats At Play…  Winner Number One   “Lean On Me”

How could anyone resist such a cute image, fantastically captured by Louise Shaw.

Cat Comp Winner - Louise Shaw light

Comp Winner - Louise (Stage 1)  Comp Winner - Louise (Stage 2) Comp Winner - Louise (Stage 3)

This was a gorgeous photo to get my teeth into (or should I say, get my pencil around).  The three main textures, all very different… fur, wood and material.

Like with all of the portraits that I draw for my card and print collections, this was drawn onto an A4 sheet of medium surface cartridge paper using a mixture of 2b to 5b pencils.

New Cat Card Designs For 2015

Throughout last year I ran several photo competitions on my Facebook page, looking for new characters to join my card collection.  The amount of interest these competitions got went way beyond my expectations.  I had a huge amount of fantastic entries getting sent to me from all directions.

Photo Competition Poster - Cats at play

A special big thank you to several branches of Cats Protection who kindly let me promote my competition on their Facebook pages.

The Photo Competition – Cats At Play, ended up having three winners instead of just one.  The level of entries were so high, I could have chosen many more.

Well done to Louise Shaw, Nicki Bailey and Colin Leonard.  Your photographs are superb. Thank you.

 Cat Comp Winner - Louise Shaw light  Photo Comp Winner - Nicki Bailey - Dotti  Cat Photo Comp Winner - Colin Leonard