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Reddit Gets Drawn 1 - BaMfkCrew_ElRey by StarlightCrux Reddit Gets Drawn 1 - BaMfkCrew_ElRey by StarlightCrux
I thought I'd try this as a drawing exercise. I thought this would be fun, and as it turned out, it was quite fun, and pretty rewarding too!

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apples-ishness Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,

I know that stare very well - my cat does this to me all the time! Great work on capturing this expression accurately. The pelt colours work very well too. The face is the most enduring part.

The basic pose is good, although the body gets a little too bulky in the chest area. The ears might be a little too long, although personally I like that stylistic choice. The ears are, however, less detailed than the rest of the head so they seem to not be attached to the head at all.

Overall I'd suggest playing with varying a hard and a soft brush while painting fur. As it is now, everything is rather soft. Areas that would require a harder brushstroke would be areas where there is less fat and the skin is closer to the bone - for example, at the legs, tail and face. Sharpening details in strategic places will bring more believability to the character. It might help to examine a high quality photo of a seated cat and then observing how the fur flows over the different areas of the body. Here are some tutorials that might inspire you (and might do a better job at explaining fur than I can):
How to shade with Texture Tutorial by griffsnuff    Soft Light Walkthrough by TamberElla    Long Fur Shading Tutorial by TamberElla    Nose and fur Tutorial by TheMysticWolf    painting textures - fur - video by vesner

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(Also I love your Moomin icon :heart:)
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StarlightCrux Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student Photographer
Hello, and thanks for the critique! 
Yeah, cat stares are something, alright. I made the expression look a bit too angry for how it looks in the image, but expressions like this are very subtle to capture anyway.

I can see what you mean about the torso. I think it looked a bit less rounded in the lineart, and matched the look of the torso in the image a bit better (although I should have made it more precise to begin with), but something must have happened in the painting process of it. sta.sh/01jwzfkmg79q

In general, I find myself only using one brush for my digital stuff, which is the hard round brush with pressure for opacity turned on with the opacity at 40% or lower. I'm not very good with brush variation, or using hard and soft edges in general, really. I think it will come with practice, though.
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apples-ishness Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure practicing will only make things better :)

I see what you mean with the lineart. It does look less bulky in the link you sent. Maybe you just kept adding more and more fur to the chest and before you knew it, it was too late.

Keep up the good work and keep on experimenting with different techniques! 
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therandomfactor Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
<3 Good job.
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Campo-Diaz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Lovely work...
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HopelessScreenWriter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer

I love your style. The attention to detail is very exquisite. The coloring of the cat especially his stripes looks almost lifelike. You even capture is shadow which makes the cat stand out more in the foreground. Love the look on his face too. It's almost as if he telling to hurry up and finish the painting already. Too cute. The cabinets and the wood flooring go great with the cats color. The only thing that stands out to me that might need a little work is his ear. They look like they might need a little outlining but that’s just me. Other than that I like it a lot. I adding to my favorites. I hope the critique was helpful. Keep up the good work. 

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FierceBabydoll Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it looks pretty good! 
The cat overall has no flaws since the anatomy looks right. And overall you painted the fur
really well regarding the brush strokes. The shadows are also well done!
It looks realistic but at the same a bit painterly what I think is really good. 
And the cat looks a lot like on the original photo. :nod:
The wooden is alright too since it has a good texture. 
The only thing that could be improved is the cupboard behind the cat. I compared the drawing a bit with
the original photo and I think that the lines of it are a bit too blurry. The backround is 
in the focus just like the cat so it should more sharp and drawn with a harder brush.
Some lines are also a bit tilted, so it would be better if you use a line-tool for it so it turns out more narrow. :nod:
But overall I think that the drawing is great and the kitten turned out really adorable. ^^
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StarlightCrux Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Student Photographer
Sorry it took me so long to reply to this, but thanks a lot for the critique. I agree that the background looks a bit warped in comparison to the original image, as well as the fact that the lines are blurry, as I used the same brush for that with the cat. I was trying to focus more on getting the details of the cat right rather than getting the background exact, although that's not much of an excuse for me to be lazy with it. :p
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FierceBabydoll Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :D Im glad it helped. ^^
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DoodleKitten05 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty kitty ^.^

Now for the daily dose of cuteness:Cat Bread Face cat face Little Cat  free avatar Cat nods Heavy Breathing Cat Emoticon GIF Hello Darkness, My Old Friend... Markiplier Moment Cats Go MEOW Emoticon 1 Cheshire Smile Grumpy Cat I'll Get It! 
And that was the daily dose of cuteness X3
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MADZchickenFreak Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The color is absolutely amazing!~ Very natural and lifelike!
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