How To Make A Homemade Cat Card
This hub will demonstrate how to draw a cat on a quarter fold card. All of the suggestions presented on this hub are merely ideas that can give you more direction in your card making. Bobby is an eleven year old cat of my parents, but I still consider her my pet since I lived there for many years and still visit her quite frequently. Bobby is a manx tuxedo suit cat, and the most adorable baby I know. My fascination with cats began at a very young age, and I am still not over it. One thing we always did was give our cats very unique names to reflect our eclectic tastes. My sister named one of her kittens Trotsky without realizing he was an actual person. Another cat I had was named Rutherford, and I purposely named him after President Rutherford B. Hayes. For some reason when I was fifteen the name Rutherford just sounded every so cool to me! The summer after my freshman year in college I spent a few months at home with my family.
Our neighbors had a cute white and gray kitten they did not want, so we adopted her and named her Ashbury. Not sure what inspired that name, but it just sounded very adorable at the time. A couple of years later Ashbury had a litter of kittens, of which Bobby was one. She was named Bobby because of her bobbed tail. We are not exactly sure who her father was, but we have a pretty good idea since a large black and white manx cat used to hang out around the house. We have a theory the neighbor's cat is a descendant of the manx cat my parents had way back in the seventies, which looks a lot like Bobby.
Of course these are all theories, but there were not too many tuxedo suit manx cats hanging around our neighborhood in the past or present, so I think Bobby and her dad are most likely descendants of Stubby. Our neighbor also had a manx cat that looks just like Bobby, but he abandoned this sweet cat during the fire in 2003. My parents adopted his manx cat, which my sister named Anastasia. They have also adopted my old cat Baby, who is the only cat they have with a tail at the moment. Here is a silly video below I made of the manx cats Bobby and Anastasia. We call Anastasia Annie, but my sister hates that!
Here Is The Card That I Made:
Step One: Find A Cat Picture
Find a picture of a cat to draw on the quarter fold card. So how do you make a quarter fold card? I have made a few hubs on the subject if you would like to explore these.
Step Two: Draw The Cat
Here is my completed sketch of Bobby. I used a sketching pencil to render this drawing of my favorite kitty cat. Pencil is ideal for drawing because you can always erase the mistakes!
Step Three: Start Coloring Around The Whiskers
Use the black colored pencil to fill in around the whiskers. When I sketched out the whiskers I exaggerated their width because I knew I could minimize these once I started adding color to the picture. Watch the video below to get a few ideas on how to fill in the space around the cat's whiskers.
Step Four: Keep Shading In Around the Whiskers And Parts Of The Face
Use the black colored pencil to fill in the area around the whiskers and the other portions of the face where there is black fur. Next, keep filling in parts of the cat where there is also black fur. Leaving part of the paper blank represents the white portion of Bobby, which means less coloring to do! Watch the video below to get more ideas on how to shade in a picture of a tuxedo cat.
Step Five: Finish Shading In The Majority Of The Body
I am almost finished with the shading in of Bobby cat. The texture of the colored pencil is great for emulating the fur on my actual kitty. Watch the video below to see how I color Bobby's fur in.
Step Six: Add The Detail To Bobby's Face
What is my obsession with the feline? I love how they nuzzle my face as I am curled up reading a book on a cold winters night for one. As a tuxedo cat Bobby always looks like she is ready to perform on center stage, and adding the final details to my drawing will get her ready for show time. Okay I am just being silly, but I did warn you that I was a cat aficionado. The video below will continue to chronicle the progress of the cat card coming to life. See how much more fun this is than just buying a card at the store?
Step Seven: Finish Adding Detail To The Face
Here I have finished adding the last details to Bobby's face. Her face does not look 100% like the original picture, but the more I draw the better I can get. However, I really do enjoy my drawing and I totally do it for myself. I actually really love my drawing abilities to be honest because it is something I put a lot of time into. Watch the next video to see the progress on Bobby cat.
Step Eight: Add The Eye Color
I lightly shaded in the color of Bobby's eyes with a yellow colored pencil. I captured the light reflected in her eyes by using an eraser to rub away part of the pigment. Take a look to see how I did this in the video.
Step Nine: Color The Background
For the background I wanted to pick an eye popping color since Bobby is very monochromatic. The light geranium colored pencil serves as a nice compliment to her black and white fur. Watch the video to see how I shaded in the background of Bobby cat. For some reason coloring can be very therapeutic.
Step Ten: Color The Foreground
Bobby loves sitting on my parents TV converter box, but sometime you can catch her on the counter too. In this final step of the process I decided to put Bobby on the counter and make it a nice light blue. My card is now ready to be given to a friend.