Last Christmas, I gave my friend a little watercolor painting of her kitten. She got another kitten over the summer and when I asked her what she'd like for Christmas this year, she asked if I would be able to do another painting of the new kitty so she could display them together. I was more than happy to, as I love cats and really enjoy doing animal portraits for people.
When I paint animals, the first thing I start with is the eyes. If the eyes are wrong, the rest of the painting will be wrong, so that's why I start there. I also love painting eyes, the challenge of making them look real with different tones and colors and highlights. It's the best part of the painting!
Next is just the progression of the rest of this face, body and background.
"Maverick", watercolor on paper. 4"x6".