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 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. 🙂
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.