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Creating A Drawing of Annie Cat Looking Over The Hillside

Updated on September 30, 2016
The drawing of Irina the cat was created with colored pencils.
The drawing of Irina the cat was created with colored pencils. | Source

A variety of colored pencils hues will inspire most crafty and artistically inclined people to create something new and beautiful. Colored pencil art projects are stimulating to design, and a wonderful way to produce art that costs very little. A photograph I took of Annie the cat looking over the hillside was the inspiration for this work of art.

The photo I took of Annie the cat looking over the hillside inspired my art project.
The photo I took of Annie the cat looking over the hillside inspired my art project. | Source

On Christmas Eve of 2014, Annie the manx cat decided to go on a little jaunt with me up in the forest of the San Bernardino Mountains. I took this picture of her looking over the hillside, which was the inspiration for the drawing featured here. Annie the cat adores following her humans on short hikes, which you can see from watching this video.

Drawing a picture of Annie the cat during that moment in time just felt like a wonderful way to pay homage to this amazing little feline. For years to come I will remember the day I went on this jaunt with Annie cat, and how she was always adept at going home when I told her to.

The image of Annie cat was lightly sketched in with pencil.
The image of Annie cat was lightly sketched in with pencil. | Source

Now it is finally time to create another composition to document the life of a beloved cat name Annie. Her original name was Anastasia, but apparently that was to hard for my dad to say, so then she became known as Annie. This cat is a tuxedo manx cat, and she is quite adorable. Annie cat always looks like she is dressed up for a gala even since she is a tuxedo cat, which makes these felines so captivating to watch.

In the video above I discuss how created the outline sketch of Annie cat looking over the ledge.

Several different shades of green colored pencils were used to shade in the leaves on the scrub oak trees.
Several different shades of green colored pencils were used to shade in the leaves on the scrub oak trees. | Source

In the photo above I have started coloring in the leaves on the shrubs with two different shades of green colored pencils.

The video above illustrates how I have begun coloring in the leaves on the shrub oaks with several different shades of green colored pencils.

I have colored in more shades of green on the leaves of the scrub oak trees.
I have colored in more shades of green on the leaves of the scrub oak trees. | Source

During this phase of the drawing four different shades of green colored pencils were used to color in the trees on the scrub oak trees.

The scrub oak trees have been shaded in with several different shades of the green colored pencils. The trunks on these oak trees are gray.
The scrub oak trees have been shaded in with several different shades of the green colored pencils. The trunks on these oak trees are gray. | Source

The scrub oak trees are quite prevalent here in the mountains and high deserts of Southern California, so I thought it was pretty marvelous some of these trees happened to be in the photograph I captured of Annie cat. This is the reason I wanted to draw these trees in the background with Annie looking over the side of the cliff. To me, this image is very evocative of things I experienced every day while living up in the San Bernardino Mountains with cats that liked to follow me on short hikes.

Coloring in the sky around the leaves on the trees.
Coloring in the sky around the leaves on the trees. | Source

It was a time consuming task to color in the sky around all the tree leaves. Also, I built up the color of the sky, which took work.

The color of the cerulean blue sky has been achieved with time consuming pencil work.
The color of the cerulean blue sky has been achieved with time consuming pencil work. | Source
The dirt next to the vinca plant is colored in with a chocolate brown colored pencil.
The dirt next to the vinca plant is colored in with a chocolate brown colored pencil. | Source
The dirt has been colored in next to the rock.
The dirt has been colored in next to the rock. | Source

During this phase of the drawing I have finally colored in most of the illustration. Now it is time to fill in the rock the cat is standing on.

The pink hued quartz rock that Annie cat was standing on was created by blending together colored pencils and oil pastels. This colored pencil drawing was exciting to create, and I hope inspires you to create some of your own cat art.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 months ago from Southern California, USA

      @Nell Rose

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Annie was a Manx tuxedo cat like her half sister Bobby, who passed away a few months older. Annie was about fourteen, and Bobby was 19, so they had good lives playing as little kitties up in the mountains.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 months ago from England

      How lovely! And you are a talented artist. I see from your comment below that Annie is gone now, I am so sorry. But what a lovely picture!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Annie is gone now, so this little illustration is so special to me now.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      2 years ago from US

      Annie, once again.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I do love the color contrast of the sky to the tree.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      2 years ago from US

      Overlooking, nice color of the sky.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, peachpurple!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh your kitty is so cute!!

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      Linda Rogers 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the great idea. I never though of it-he was so talented. Hope your having a great weekend.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Wow, you should write a blog about your dad's art. It would be a great story about his life.

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      Linda Rogers 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      Dad passed away many years ago but I should figure out where his drawings are. My older brother might have them. If I find them, I'll send them. He drew the most incredible sketch of Jesus and he was only nine years old when he did it.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Minnetonka Twin. I would love to see some of your dad's work. Do you have a link to it?

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      Linda Rogers 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      You are so talented. My dad was a great artist-his favorite thing to do was drawing sketches. I'm not good at drawing but my artistic abilities come out in writing and other artsy things. Thanks for showing us how you create these beautiful drawings.

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