Pattern Cat with Markers

This drawing was inspired by artist Heather Galler. I simplified some of her details, but kept the basic brilliant idea of a cat filled with patterns for my next afterschool drawing class.
1. My favorite combo is using Sharpies and BIC markers on coated white paper. I bought some wholesale at Kelly Paper for about $14 a 250-sheet ream. For those interested, the exact name of the paper is “Tango Advantage C1S Digital, 27M 10pt”. As for color, the Sharpies and BICs have such sophisticated palettes that they put any other class markers to shame. Students begin by drawing a cat head and body and tail with a pencil. The facial features are added and all lines are traced in black.
2. Students divide up the body with a series of squares and rectangles and trace in black.
3. The boxes and rectangles are colored in with markers. When dry, lines may be added inside at will.
4. After the body is colored in, stars and a background color may be added as well.
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