Space Cat

Hey Hey!

Remember the sketches I posted last Friday? The cat one is a completed painting now! I’m calling it “Space Cat” because that’s what Dayton, my hubby, said it looks like and I think it suits. Also, I’m gonna start the retro house one today.

Just incase you have no idea what I’m talking about or forgot here’s the sketch to go with the painting. 🙂

Cat Sketch
Cat Sketch
Space Cat. Acrylic. 12x16
Space Cat. Acrylic. 12×16

Probably the biggest challenge with this painting was transferring the image. I’ve been looking into different ways of doing this because it can be quite troublesome sometimes.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m referring to the process of getting a sketch on to a canvas so I can paint it. The most common method is to draw a graph over the sketch and on the canvas and then to redraw it square by square. This is good drawing practice, but the drawbacks are that you ruin your sketch and also sometimes the graph lines on your canvas can be hard to cover up. For example, sometimes I want to leave areas of my painting with just a thin layer of paint but I don’t want pencil lines which don’t erase well of canvas.

To combat this, I photocopied my sketch and drew the graph on that. However, I wanted to enlarge my sketch but only by a little bit and I also had difficulty figuring out how to graph it so that my drawing wouldn’t end up too far in a corner.

Because of these things, I have looked into buying an old overhead projector because then it would be easy to adjust the size and position of the sketch without photocopying, graphing, or any guesswork. The only thing with that is that I don’t particularly have extra space to store one (my art room is cramped as it is) and then I would have to be buying bulbs and transparent sheets and also regularly pay to have my sketches transferred onto those sheets.

So. That is my predicament. For now, I think I’ll continue to graph and then someday when it seems right I may choose to upgrade. 🙂

Ruth

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