Aside from the fact that they are beaucoup images, videos and memes of cats on the internet, they are actually portrayed in prehistoric art. The most famous is the Chauvet cats called The Panel of the Cave Lions. It was because of these cats that I started looking for other images. Aside from this I could only find engravings or line drawings of them. There are some sculptures of them, the most famous is the Lion Man, although, I’ve read where some think it is a bear and some think it is a woman. Whatever, it is old! [ see below]
As I said before I’ve not done animals so it is a bit of a challenge as I can only rely on stock images. I do have a cat but she is not interested in posing for me. I’ve been using photos of her instead. I wanted to use a more limited palette so I started with white, burnt umber and yellow. Wasn’t too pleased with it so I added purple. Not crazy about that either. But I went for it anyway seeing what would come of it. Its ok for my first attempt. The canvas is smaller 30″ x 24″, one that was hanging around the studio.
*for those of you that are interested here is some info on prehistoric cats i found. The info is from wikipedia*
” Löwenmensch, or Lion Man, dated between 40,000 and 35,000 years old, an ivory sculpture that is both the oldest known animal-shaped sculpture in the world and the oldest known uncontested example of figurative art. The sculpture is now housed in the Ulm Museum in Ulm, Germany.
Les Combarelles (France) – two galleries showcase more than 600 engravings. The more-than-11,000-year-old artwork portrays such subjects as reindeer drinking water from the river that flows through the cave, cave bears, cave lions, mammoths, and various symbols.
One of the most famous figures of the Grotte des Combarelles: the lioness. Astonishingly realistic, the lioness, in profile, seems frozen, ready to pounce on her prey. Head of felin – Combarelles Felin engraving – Combarelles ” Wikipedia list of prehistoric art article
It was hard finding images of the engravings. Please let me know if you find any good images of other prehistoric cats. thanks.