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‘I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me’

Illustration for The Cat that Walked by Himself, from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies by The Folio Society, 2012. Watercolour and Chinese ink on Saunders Waterford hot pressed, 265 x 150mm.

I managed to scan the progress stages of this one, too. I incorporated more of the Gongbi methods of Chinese painting into this illustration, using glazes of ink in combination with the watercolours.

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Pencil.

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First layers of ink washes.

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First layers of colour washes.

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The completed piece.

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Detail of the cat, which measures about 50mm or so (I’m afraid I can’t remember!) in a vertical line from ear-tip to tail-tip. This view is larger than the original.

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