Art innovator Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) He and his mother, Julia Warhola, both loved cats and had several of their own, all named Sam except for one called Hester. They were one of his favorite subjects in the 1950s, before he became acclaimed for his Pop Art portrayals of soup cans, Coke bottles and Marilyn Monroe. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure. Our lesson concentrates on line and color to create our Warhol’s “Red Cat Sam” work. “Red Cat Sam” is part of a art book Andy Warhol made with his mother in 1955 called “25 Cats Named Sam”. He gave away these art books as Christmas presents.
Materials: Heavyweight paper, sketching pencil and your choice of materials to finish.
Step #1: Draw some light guidelines across the middle and down the center of the page. Draw a large oval for the head. Now add the eyes, nose and ears.
Step #2: Draw the cats body, its almost in the shape of a muffin.
Step #3: Draw tail and paws.
Step #4: Draw whiskers and add your own details. Outline the lines you want to keep with a sharpie and then erase any pencil lines left.
Step #5: Time decide what materials you want to use to finish the project. I have use Sam as drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting. Be creative and have some fun.