My Sister’s Cat

My Sister’s Cat



Meet Lil Buddy, my sister’s cat. I painted this as a gift to my sister and her new husband for their birthdays. I wanted this to be a surprise so I had to scour Facebook accounts and texts for reference pictures. I found a gem my sister texted me a while ago of Lil Buddy eating bell pepper. I thought it was perfect since he’s a bit of a punk.

The main photo was dark and out of focus so I used other photos of him to get his coloring. I didn’t get him entirely correct, but I think I did pretty well considering. His tail wasn’t in any photos that I could find and I thought it would look better to include it so it belongs to a couple random internet cats.


It was a slight struggle to keep him from looking evil, but I think I managed in the end. It probably helps that he isn’t a black cat. The first sketch had me thinking of evil Halloween cats. Very fitting, considering it’s October.

My painting next to Buddy – Photo courtesy my sister, Megan

My husband and I had traveled up to Salt Lake City to go to a Tool concert, so I was able to hand deliver this painting to my sister and brother-in-law. They loved it! My sister recognized the picture immediately and laughed. It was perfect. 🙂

Tool concert – Photo courtesy Megan

The Tool concert was awesome! This was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to see them and they didn’t disappoint. They’re one of my favorite bands and I frequently listen to them while painting. My sister let me use one of the photos she took since I couldn’t get any of my own.

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