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Cat and mouse by blayrd Cat and mouse by blayrd
The idea's probably been overdone, but hey, still fun. This's my first foray into a proper traditional piece in over two years, dedicated to the friend who got me a nice set of colored pencils for my birthday last year (yes, it's taken me this long to use 'em).

A little still life is good for the soul! Yes, that's the mouse I'm using now, and my table is that odd shade of green, thanks to my color sense at age six. Alas, I do not own the small furry feline of uncertain origin. It was apparently impossible to find reference of a cat, much less a kitten, in the angle I wanted - so it's pretty much imaginary. Pfeh.

Download for a slightly larger version! I could probably do with a better scanner, colors are a bit off, but this way I can pretend that any lack of detail is entirely the scanner's fault and not mine. Sort of.
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:iconjonathan856:
jonathan856 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
You've got a lot of skill
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Sabbelbina Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're featured: [link]
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsabbelbina:
Sabbelbina Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome
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:iconphotos4ever23:
photos4ever23 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   Photographer
Great work! Love the details and the colors. :)
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconphotos4ever23:
photos4ever23 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   Photographer
you're welcome!
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:iconsweediesart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love:...
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
featured in today's journal [link]
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icondodo-angel:
Dodo-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
OMG !!!!!! this is the most beautiful draw i've ever seen
O_o
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ValiantShadow Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Frame the scanner. Just frame the scanner.

Amazing picture, and I love the angle.
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The scanner has been framed and will shortly be hung.

Thanks (: I actually squinted at the mouse on my desk at an awkward angle while trying to imagine a cat on it, ahah.
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:iconpepi321:
pepi321 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Wow really good drawing! =) and so cute!!
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kandu55 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
original humor :D sweet:D how do you get that fur look like fur? adore these eyes and shading :3
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh thanks! It's just a lot of short strokes and lots of layering starting with the lightest colors and building over it o:
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ArgenteusRaven Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
What a sweet cat! great pic.^^
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ArgenteusRaven Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
You're welcome.^^
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:iconcoldheart7:
coldheart7 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
nice. this is a great piece of art.
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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coldheart7 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
you're welcome :)
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Cheruphim Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Student
OF all things. Just brilliant. I love this. Overdone? This is a fantastic concept and great shading.

I wanna pet that kitty.

I wanted to post a comment before I said this because :iconeonity: linked this picture from her journal about her views of art. Amazing job!
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Hooray for fuzzy imaginary kitties. I must say, though, Eonity's a dude x)
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:iconcheruphim:
Cheruphim Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Student
Oh, sorry. :XD: I guess I have a bad habit of calling deviants 'she'-since I'm a she, and there's a lot of she-artists on this website. :nod:
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:iconmysticopal:
MysticOpal Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Traditional Artist
Cute and funny at the same time.
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XXxMISANTHROPExXX Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Student Filmographer
Awesome job! :clap:
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:iconastra-wolf:
Astra-wolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha lol xD I wuv it! x3
Cat is so cute <3 and mouse, too <D
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:icon4evermonicris:
4evermonicris Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
wonderful :heart: the fur is so beautiful and I love those eyes :3
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:iconstefi-delly:
Stefi-Delly Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009   Digital Artist
That is so awesome! :clap:

The kitten's pose is great! :D And the mouse looks great too :D
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:iconfemketje:
femketje Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
neat
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:iconbadgerlala:
BadgerLALA Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww :love: I love the idea.
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:iconnanukk:
Nanukk Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Student Filmographer
Excellent job! I love it ^_^
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:iconruibunnie:
ruibunnie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
It is very adorable. It looks just like my old cat. =D
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:iconadavesseth:
adavesseth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, how cute!
I think you did a good job with it. The eyes of the cat are gorgeous!
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:iconmarcos0712:
marcos0712 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
You did a great job, loved it!
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:iconboonjagga:
BOONJAGGA Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Aww, that's cute, and very well detailed. It's great o.O
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:iconlllee:
Lllee Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
: )))))))))))))))
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:iconmithrilady:
MithriLady Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
aww x3
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Richu-ninja Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
lolz, thats funny!!!!!
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:iconwild-feline:
Wild-Feline Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic Battle! :giggle: Man I loved the way you did the fur, there's a tutorial or something arround here? It's soo cool, I need to learn it :aww:
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeedy! Hmm I'm sure there're lots of great fur tutorials floating around dA, and better examples to boot - this was pretty much a test piece. It's just quick lines in the direction of fur growth starting from the lightest shade to the darkest. I've no clue how to render realistic short fur in colored pencils actually, I should go tutorial-scouting meself o:
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:iconwild-feline:
Wild-Feline Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I never saw one for pencil before :o Only for digital fur.....
But it's kinda hard to me understand when you only say it here, it's like " you get it or you want to me to draw it? "

draw it please 8D

So that means you're going to make a tutorial?
:icondelightfulplz:
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pff what is this arm-twisting I see? xD I'd definitely wait 'til I figured out what I was doing first before making a tutorial, so you'll have to wait for that >>;

I can't find some of the good tutorials I recall stumbling upon a few years back but this page has a bunch of fairly good realistic tutorials for colored pencil: [link] There should be more outside of dA if you scout around!
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Wild-Feline Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol that's okay :aww:

Omg thank you soo much! :heart: Yeah, I will search out, but thanks a lot!, It really helped :hug::
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1Rusty Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
I thought it was a photo in the small view. :paranoid:
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'tis a high compliment!
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