I drew the cat with a still face while blurring the movement of the body...(soft pastel is good for that.)I wanted to exaggerate the body language because it was important to show Artemis’s  different moods. He can be fierce and wild one moment and gentle and docile the next. Artemis never actually surrenders...


I smudged the soft pastels to give the birds a sense of movement. Pastel colours are very vibrant, perfect for noisy, rainbow birds.I experimented with the idea of humour in the encounters between birds and cat, something that Anthony Hill had already implied in the text.

Lucy’s Cat and the Rainbow Birds

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