Commissioned cat-portrait in watercolor and ballpoint pen

Drawing of Benji the cat in ballpoint pen and watercolorI actually told the person asking me to do this drawing that it might be a couple of weeks – but I just had to squeeze it into the schedule! It’s been a long time since I have dedicated more than 15-30 minutes to a drawing, so it felt really good to do this one! I’m pretty happy about it too, although I’d like to hear people’s opinions. In the auto-critique department, I’m a little worried about the cat’s “pose” – the cat is sitting perpendicularly to the camera’s angle with the head turned, but looking at it again, I think that maybe the body reads a little differently. The whiskers was really hard to paint – I have some white gouache that I use straight from the tube, but I can’t seem to find a brush that’s thin enough, so they ended upΒ  a little irregular. I signed this one – as I have signed the other two “commissions” that I’ve made (the word “commission” still tastes a little weird in my mouth) – but my handwriting is as jumpy as ever.. That’s how it is I suppose.

Anyway – I hope to ship this to England one of these days – depending on the cat-owners opinion. Next “big thing” on my list is a portrait of the dog that i posted yesterday. Also in ballpoint pen and watercolor, but in A4 size (this one is a half A4, or in other words an A5)

And this was my 568’th drawing since September 2014

Come see this one on my portfolio for commissioned watercolor and ballpoint pen pet paintings!

45 thoughts on “Commissioned cat-portrait in watercolor and ballpoint pen”

  1. If I were an artist I could probably pick out a fault or two for you, but to my untrained eye it looks beautiful. You should feel very pleased with this painting. I know I would if it were of my cat.

  2. Thomas, the cat is lovely. I think the Wiskers are perfectly fine! They appear to be the right size, light and airy. The eyes look very natural. As for the pose , I know cats turn every which way. This cat looks beautiful. I believe you are just very critical of yourself. You are doing a fine job!! Keep at it

  3. What a beautiful cat! I called hubby in to look at the cat to see what his reaction would be. His reaction as he approached the computer was…”Wow, what a gorgeous cat!” He’s not a man of a lot of words. He couldn’t see anything wrong with the cat. I went over the picture slowly and you know I don’t know much about sketching or water colours. I really looked at the whiskers. The whiskers are perfect. Cats whiskers are irregular. Cats whiskers are different….some are very short, some really long, some fatter than the others, and some twisted up while others are straight. This water colour is perfect….you should charge $1,000.00. hehe


  4. This is really impressive. From the neck up, I don’t think I’d like to see it any more “perfect” or it wouldn’t look like a painting! I’m a cat owner and this is really well done! Love the eyes and the face and I think the whiskers look great!


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