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When you come to draw larger animals, it is necessary to give a more substantial impression of their bulk and range of movement. This is not so easy and, for the best results, it is a good idea to put in some time studying the animal you intend to draw, before you actually start.

My first choice is the common cat. Try drawing it at rest first of all, just as I have done here, using only one colour to produce a reasonably structured drawing. Note how this cat is lying comfortably, although his head is raised and he may move at any time. Once you have produced a couple of preliminary sketches like this, you will feel confident in trying something more complex. Here is where a decent photograph of your cat in action could go a long way towards making your next attempt quite realistic. Using the photograph for reference, and with the animal still around where you can see him, you can a start on an authentic representation of

your cat on the prowl. Mine is done in coloured inks because the texture of the fur lends itself to this multi-stroke technique. So using grey, brown, green, yellow and black you, too, can build up a convincing effect.

This second drawing is my own version of George Stubbs' famous painting of a great horse, Whistlejacket (1762). I've used pastel here and kept it fairly loose in style so that the marvellously lively horse doesn't become too stilted. The shine on the animal's coat and the ripple of the light-coloured tail and mane give some idea of the beautiful original, which of course is very large and kept in the National Gallery in London.

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