project day 6 – kitties!
When I originally drafted the design the cats were only drawn as placesavers – I knew they looked far too modern for the rest of the picture, but I just wanted to make a start so I put cats in to give a rough idea.
Since then I’ve done a bit more research and today came the day to medievalise Branston and Hobbes. Not sure medievalise is actually a word, but never mind, you know what I mean.
Anyway, In Hobbesy’s case this meant changing his shape quite a bit, as you can clearly see from the lines left behind him. HIs ears changed from forward facing to sideways, and his bodyshape sort of reversed, going from pot bellied to barrel chested – he still looks a bit porky though, which is fairly accurate for Hobbesy. (Gareth insists Hobbes is ‘muscular’, everyone else says he’s porky. Hobbes like to eat) His paws have also been splayed out in accordance with drawings of domestic cats from the period – Hobbes has dainty little oriental paws.
He’ still a spotty little Bengal, which is hardly accurate for the period, but obviously medieval gareth was..er… an accomplished leopard tamer…or something.
In art as he is in life, Hobbes was slow and difficult(at least stitchy Hobbes hasn’t peed on anything…yet), so not much other progress was made today, apart from roughly stitch scetching the outline of medieval Branston, who is basically going to be a small grey medieval lion with enormous paws – pretty true to life, in fact.