This started as a small drawing I did while waiting for my child to finish a sports practice. It was just from a picture on my iPhone of our siberian cat Rumble Roar, nothing very deliberate or with much planning. After 30+ years doing very meticulous art for book covers, its rather a relief to do little works that will be finished in days instead of weeks. I expanded it to put him in a cavalier costume, for he is a very even tempered gentlemanly cat, and I have a nice large book of Van Dyck paintings for reference. I then put a layer of shellac over the graphite to seal the paper and painted the finish in oils. It's mounted and matted with acid-free papers.
Rumble Roar with his portrait, pre-paint
Matted and mounted for IlluXcon
I'm hoping to do more animals in costume. That was a lot of fun, especially learning how to make that silk effect on his doublet.