Classic Sketchbook: Cats

Classic Sketchbook: Cats by Patricia J. Wynne

Secrets of Observational Drawing

Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592942
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Whether scribbling out a quick sketch with minimal detail, or making a finished portrait where every silky hair and polished whisker stands out, the best cat artists can capture the very essence of feline-ness. How do they do it?

Firsthand observation of cats will tell you a lot about the way they sit, yawn, position their tails, and curl up to sleep, but it won't tell you how to get those things down on paper.

Classic Sketchbook: Cats is the second in a series of instructional books that began with Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals. The series shows how it's done by looking at details of museum-quality works, then coaching readers through the techniques with the help an expert's suggestions. In this case the expert is Patricia Wynne, a noted illustrator with a specialty in animals.

Wynne will guide you through fur, paws, and eyes, as well as cats sleeping, playing, or pouncing. Her unique instructions places a close-up of a drawing or painting by a noted artist like Gauguin, Chardin, Gwen John, and Theodore Steinlen on the left side of the page. And on the right side of the page Patricia Wynne coaches you with detailed, step-by-step drawings, that illuminate the process.

Patricia J. Wynne is an artist and freelance illustrator based in New York. She teaches animal drawing classes at the American Museum of Natural History and works as a contract artist for scientists at research organizations around the world. Wynne has illustrated over 170 books for adults and children, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, Cricket, and Scientific American. Her books have received awards from Parenting magazine, the John Burroughs Association, and the National Science Teachers Association. Most recently, she received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for her book Hello, Bumble Bee Bat, authored by Darrin Lunde.

Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592942
Size: 8.5 in x 10 in / 215.9 mm x 254 mm
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Introduction                                                                                       
Tools and Materials                                                   
Cat Basics                                                                                                                   
Head                                                                                                                                                               
Eyes                                                    
Nose                                                                                                               
Muzzle
Ears
Facial Expressions                                                                  
Legs                                        
Paws
Claws                                                                          
Tails                                                    
Body Proportions                                                                                           
Fat Cat                                                                                                                                                
Fur Tracks                  
Short Fur                                                                                                                    
Long Fur                                                                                 
Fuzzy Fur                                                                                                                    
Shiny Fur                                                                                                                    
White Cats                                                                                                                 
Black Cats                                                                                                                   
Striped Cats                                                                                                                            
Brindle Cats                                                                                                                            
Cats of Many Colors                                                                                                   
Sitting Cats                                                                                                     
Sleeping Cats                                                                                                              
Stretching                                                                                           
Walking                                                                                              
Running                                                                                              
Jumping
Falling                                                                                    
Hunting                                                                                  
Playing                                                                                               
Preening                                                                     
Kittens                                                                                                                        
The Cat as Design                                                                                                                                           
The Cat's Portrait                                                       
About the Artist