Fresh kill

Fresh kill in Kwandwe

Fresh kill

 

I was lucky enough to get married on safari in South Africa, in Kwandwe to be precise. Because of this we had the unusual experience of going out for a dawn trek on safari on the morning of our wedding day. While out we came across a cheetah dripping in perspiration, just after taking down a wildebeest. Here I drew from a set of photo I took where he is dragging it into cover away from some warthogs who were passing. I drew it with a fine-liner pen on watercolour paper as I like the firmness of the paper, how it soaks up the ink and how the texture affects the line when drawing.

Below is one in the series of photos I took to make the drawing from. Magnificent animal. I feel very lucky to have seen him in action in his natural habitat. What a wonderful start to our married life together. And it has only gotten better and better since.

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White cat

White cat

White cat

 

This sketch is a perfect example of one of my biggest failings as an artist: impatience. I was drawing a nice enough line drawing of a cat, and just had to finish up colouring in the dark eyes. But I was impatient and scribbled them in, ruining the rest of the drawing in the process.

The only reason for posting it here is the site is a catalogue of my drawings, not a gallery of the best (in case you hadn’t guessed).

Perky kitten - drawn by Andy Madigan

A cat for my kitchen (3 of 3)

Perky kitten - drawn by Andy Madigan

I drew three cats to hang in my kitchen, this is the third. I wanted to put them in some square frames that I picked up in a junk store. To draw them I did an initial sketch in pencil to get the positioning right – as it was a small canvas area to work with – and when I was happy did the actual drawings in black bic pen.

Sleepy cat - drawn by Andy Madigan

A cat for my kitchen (2 of 3)

Sleepy cat - drawn by Andy Madigan

I drew three cats to hang in my kitchen, this is the second of those. I wanted to put them in some square frames that I picked up in a junk store. To draw them I did an initial sketch in pencil to get the positioning right – as it was a small canvas area to work with – and when I was happy did the actual drawings in black bic pen.

Cat looking behind itself - drawing by Andy Madigan

Behind you!

Cat looking behind itself - drawing by Andy Madigan

I have almost got an obsession with drawing cats. I started by doing one for my sister in law, and it kind of spiralled from there. I have probably drawn more cat’s in the last few years than any other subject. This one is a personal favourite. Nothing amazing in the drawing skill here – in fact not my best at all, but I love the composition. It just works for me.