Drawing Henrijk

How does it work, this ART thing? How does it pop into being?

For me, it starts with a little detail. I was staring at Henrijk the cat from above, and the X in the middle of the bridge of his nose struck me, as if often does. It’s formed purely by the fur changing direction.  So I drew the X. And the soft losenge shape that fills the bottom part of his nose. And then I drew his nose. And then I put his eyes in, just to see if I could figure out where they need to be on the X. And then I drew his muzzle, just to see if I could. You know: could I make it look like a cat, and more importantly, could I make it look like Henrijk the cat?


Yeah. Turns out I can. So then I was a bit pleased with this, so I drew in his markings.


And then I was even more pleased with it so I did some flood fill. And that looked ok so I sort of accidentally started working on his fur.


And I thought, well, I can’t leave him with eyes like that. So…


And then I filled the background in, worked rest of his fur in… and made his eyes look real.


And then I realised I’d given him a weirdly massive chin. And a strange left nostril. And the image needed a crop. So I fixed that.


And then I signed it.


About chiller

Rachel Coldbreath spent 20 years working internationally as a technical specialist on large data collections for law firms, before becoming disabled. She blogs on a variety of topics from the news and politics to gardening and how very annoying it is, being disabled. Habits include drilling holes about 1mm away from where they ought to be, and embarking with great enthusiasm on tasks for which she is neither physically nor intellectually equipped.
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11 Responses to Drawing Henrijk

  1. Fles says:

    That’s really good – I wonder what other talents you have that are waiting to be discovered.

    • chiller says:

      None, I think. Words and putting colours on a page are pretty much it.

      • Fles says:

        That’s plenty anyway – but you’re quite good at photography too, aren’t you?

      • chiller says:

        Yes, but isn’t that very similar to drawing? I mean, photography is about seeing that a picture is already there, waiting to be grabbed. Drawing and painting are about making a non existent picture exist, but both hinge on the ability to identify a picture and take action so I sort of lump them together…

        I suppose I am quite good at a lot of things, or was. Gardening and garden design, cooking, interior decor, making almost anything out of almost anything. Hum.

  2. Ali Green says:

    excellent and very realistic. Your talent is quite unique and amusing. Thank you

  3. Claire says:

    Lovely! I’ve always yearned to be good at art but no dice. Perhaps my talented was diverted to others (yourself included). 🙂

  4. ms_huma says:

    I am generally scared of all animals (I blame my upbringing!) but I love this pic and this post. thank you for sharing x

    • chiller says:

      Thank you for liking it! Funnily enough I used to be terrified of animals as a child but the more of them I came to know the more I realised that most animals are very polite and gentle, very forgiving, and offer rather a nice role model in a complicated world.

      Well. Apart from when they lick their bums.

  5. simonsays10 says:

    This may be a little too abstract.. But initially, the first sketch, I saw a woman taking a photo of herself, arms up, her breasts being the top lip of your cat..maybe I’m the only one who sees this? But hey! Isn’t that what art is about?! 😉

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