Mr. Fuz Zy Pants is going through hell. A painting in progress.
Achieving a likeness is key to portraiture--with animals as well as humans. Mr. Fuz Zy Pants, my granddaughter's cat, has his own unique measurements as well as colorations I spent my studio time today measuring and measuring again. I spent time discovering the color and the values intermixed in his fluffy coat. Oddly enough. I learned yesterday that Mr. Fuz Zy Pants had gotten a buzz cut. His long hair had gotten so full of tangles, the razor was the only way to make him caressable again. Though he now looks like a mix of cat and poodle, I kept with my reference photo and continued measuring and remeasuring the relationships between features and distinctive markings. The length of his his coat will grow back. The relationships that make that cat that cat will remain in the same place. To achieve a proper portrait, I have to get them right.