Creative 2017

C17: Day 85 – Leaping and sleeping

by Suw on March 26, 2017

Working off photos again today, from when Grabbity and Mewton were younger and slimmer and had bigger ears, proportionally speaking.

Present me is, though, starting to wish that past me had specified “One creative thing five days a week” rather than daily, because there are moments when this starts to feel like a chore. I’m not sure why it’s starting to feel onerous, whether it’s just that I’ve been doing this for nearly three months and it’s wearing thin or whether there’s something specific about drawing that’s bugging me. Cats aren’t the best of sitters, that’s true, but I don’t know if that’s actually the problem per se, or whether it’s because I expect to be getting better at each thing I do, and I’m not sure that I am any better at drawing today than I was 26 days ago. And I have no idea what I want to do for next month, either. Or maybe this is just Sunday night speaking.


Took a day off yesterday, so have done double duty today. Cats were uncooperative so worked off photos instead of Fflwff and of a two-week old Grabbity!


C17: Day 82 – Floof!

by Suw on March 23, 2017

Bit of a mixed bag today. You might spot that the top kitteh today is not Mewton or Grabbity, he’s just a bit too floofy for that! He is, in fact, Emo, one of their brothers, who is basically just made of fur and dribble. Obviously this is from a photo, but it’s not too bad at capturing the vast amounts of fluff that make up an Emo.

The bottom one is Grabbity, and it’s just not good. Bad proportions, head’s all wrong. Bah. Should have quit whilst I was, erm, ahead. Oh well, live and learn.

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C17: Day 81 – Lickety spit!

by Suw on March 22, 2017

Grabbity, covering herself in cat spit.

I think I am getting a bit better at these quick sketches.


C17: Day 80 – Nosey parker

by Suw on March 21, 2017

Bit tricky today as Grabbity just wanted to wash. But I still managed to get a few noses!


C17: Day 79 – Let me tell you a tail

by Suw on March 20, 2017

Mewton’s tail is quite odd, in some ways. Very broad at the base, but otherwise very slender and sleek. When he fluffs it up (that’s called piloerection, btw) really only the bottom 10cm really fluffs, whereas Grabbity’s tail goes full bottle-brush for the whole length.

Anyway, have some tails.


C17: Day 78 – Snoozy washy Mewton

by Suw on March 19, 2017

Does what it says on the tin!

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C17: Day 77 – Impressions

by Suw on March 18, 2017

Mewton had jumped up on to the island in the kitchen, something that he knows he’s not allowed to do, and Grabbity was on the floor watching him. They didn’t stay still, not even for a moment, so here are three incredibly quick impressions of them.

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I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to measure a cat, but it’s not an easy endeavour. However, I got some basic measurements of Mewton, despite his desire to just sit down, and have done a rough technical drawing, side elevation, of said Mewton. It’s not my best technical drawing, to be honest, rather lacking as it does proper squares and, frankly, sufficient measurements. It’s also only the one elevation, though I may attempt more tomorrow. I’m sure the arse elevation will be of great artistic merit.

I don’t even want to think about taking Grabbity’s measurements.

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C17: Day 75 – Little jellybeans

by Suw on March 16, 2017

Back paws: The top three are Grabbity’s, the bottom one is Mewton.


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C17: Day 74 – Ear, ear

March 15, 2017

I really do need to start drawing cats earlier in the day. Lunchtime, maybe, or first thing. Because by evening there’s little light and all the cats want to do is snuggle. So, today, I bring you Mewton’s ears from behind, and at close quarters.

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C17: Day 73 – Paws for thought

March 14, 2017

Last night on Facebook, as I was lamenting my general lack of direction, a friend suggested that I focus on one aspect of a cat per day, as the old masters used to. (I’m sure Michaelangelo and Turner both spent hours drawing cats’ paws.) So today is Forepaw Day! Obviously, that meant that both Grabbity […]

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C17: Day 72 – Three quickies

March 13, 2017

Grabbity hung around just long enough this evening for three quick sketches. I’m starting to realise, though, that these very quick sketches are doable, but I honestly don’t know what to do next… I know I need to get better at filling in the details, but I’m not quite sure how. The patterns in the fur […]

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C17: Day 71 – Kickin’ it kitten stylee

March 12, 2017

The cats are both asleep and I wanted a bit of a change, so I thought I’d look through the photos I have of them as kittens and see how they’ve changed. There are the obvious kitten things – they had bigger ears in proportion to their heads than they do as adults, and bigger […]

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C17: Day 70 – Moar kittehs

March 11, 2017

Here you go. In the first, Mewton is sitting inside our cardboard cat house, which Grabbity has partially demolished. No idea why I thought that composition was a good idea, given how hard it was to see him in there. Scale’s all wrong, too. Grabbity, in said cat house. More quickies.

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