Capturing Your Persian In A Pretty Hand-Drawn Picture

Two Persian cats

By Guest Author: Lucy Fielding

Whoever first decided to call a dog man’s best friend has obviously never owned a Persian cat.  Cats are, in fact, more popular in the USA than their canine counterparts, with more than 95.6 million cats living in households across the country as pets.  As loyal human companions to the most delightful animals on the planet, we are tasked with their well-being and idolizing them like the megastars they are. What better way to pay tribute to your feline friend than to immortalize him (or her) in a beautiful drawing that you created yourself? Even if you are not blessed with heaps of natural artistic talent, a few simple guidelines will have you create splendid drawings that are sure to meet the approval of even the most discerning of Persian cat enthusiasts.

Start Out Easy

Regardless of how much you love your purring Persian, chances are you may have some difficulty drawing your exquisite puss at first. You may find it easier to start sketching some of your favorite poses from one of the countless photos that you are bound to have.  Don’t fret too much about the precision of your sketch but instead try to capture the essence of your cat’s movements and form instead.  As with most things in life, practice makes perfect. The more you draw, the better you will become. Before you know it you wouldn’t even need to sit with a photo (or a live model) in front of you for reference – you will be able to draw from memory.

Don’t Fret About the Small Things

Cats are difficult to draw - from their muscular frames to their intricate facial features and claws. The possibility of your first few attempts not even resembling a cat is very possible.  Don’t be discouraged though as even Picasso didn’t become a master of the arts overnight. As long as you familiarize yourself with the basic anatomy of your beautiful bundle of fur and capture the most prominent markings you will be well on your way to create a beautiful and special piece of artwork.  You can even start out by making simple drawings and then adding splashes of color with pastel or paint to bring your picture to life.

Once you start drawing your picturesque Persian there will be no turning back. You are going to want to draw him in every possible pose: when he is sleeping, when he is eating and when he is frolicking in the garden. Luckily paper and pencils are easy to come by and each drawing you make of your cat will just be another tribute to your favorite feline in the world.

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