Realistic Cat Painting Techniques [with video]

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How to Paint a Cat Realistically

In the video below I share you my techniques for painting a realistic cat from a photo. You’ll get a complete breakdown of the painting process—from start to finish!

Key Video Moments

[0:39] Surface preparation, smoothing gesso

[2:53] Sketch & anatomy

[6:01] High-chroma shadows

[7:09] Blocking-in

[11:19] Rounding out

[15:16] Stripes

[17:08] Eyes

[20:20] Whiskers


I hope you find something in this tutorial that’s useful to you! Check out more cat-painting tutorials here.



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Zann Hemphill

Zann Hemphill is a practising pet portrait artist, writer, and video producer.

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