Cat Ship for Monday Artday

Flagship Nepeta Cataria, Copics with Digital Background

And so it was at Monday Artday that the bi-weekly word was “Flood”. I thought I would do a ship prepared for a flood. And then I started murmuring “cat ship” under my breath. And it sounded like catsup (also ketchup), but I did not care. I was going to put a crew of dogs on the cat ship, but in the end of course it was a cat ship. For cats, man.

It started with a cat.

Cat Sketch for Cat Ship

I did look at many cat and ship photos, but used no particular photo extensively. Along the way, these happened:

Cat Ship Sketches 2 & 3

Cat Ship Inked, Cat Ship Frisket

Cat Ship Progress, 3 & 4

Cat Ship Progress, 5 & 6

I could have stopped here. I thought about it. I’m not sure I have a handle yet on when to stop adding stuff. I think this is a common problem among artists, even ones much more experienced than me (of which there are many)! This may suggest I need to do some minimalist type beasts. (Perhaps a platypus, as suggested by Gay McKinnon!) Who knows what might happen!

Cat Ship Color, 7 & 8

I messed around with a lot of backgrounds before settling on, uh, more digital clouds. I need a new bag of tricks! Or maybe just one new trick. No, actually I am really pleased with the texture and color of the clouds in the final version. But I am a tad irritated they are digital and not Copic. Alas! I hope you enjoyed your tidbit of ancient cat history. Thank you so much for taking a peek!

21 thoughts on “Cat Ship for Monday Artday

  1. Beth Parker

    I love this sooooooo much!! All the wonderful details are inviting to look at! I even love the little ropes that attach the sails to the poles, Cindy! This is just wonderful. I can’t stop looking at it!

  2. The Beast Tender Post author

    Thank you both so much! I have a real fondness for this thing, maybe because I spent longer on the sketching phase, and the inking phases, than most of my other recent illustrations. (And then I sort of fouled the grammar in the description but I wanted it to have a bit of museum-y old time feel. And silliness.)

  3. Rod MacGregor

    Nice work Cindy…the shape of the cat is perfect…A brave cat as they are often scared of water! It is a pity the top of the mast and sail isn’t visible..I can imagine a big black crow in the crows nest!

  4. Ram

    Hi Cindy D. thanks for stopping by and leaving me your kind comments, I await your visit forever from now. :)
    This cat-boat, I love
    And I love how you show step by step!
    Good week for you

  5. bella sinclair

    I both bowed AND wept! This is fantastic! Love the details in the architecture. And sooooooo appropriate, too, for the anniversary of the Titanic.

  6. kylie@oneredfox

    Wow wonderful imagination I really love how you give the step by step process, I’m always interested in other artists work process. Thanks for your comments on my IF contribution.

  7. Marie

    What a great tutorial! I love, love, love to see your work in progress. Such inspiration to go with the fun and whimsical!

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