Every month, I profile an artist who inspires my own art, in several segments.
Johanna Pieterman draws realistic animal portraits, usually with their owners. I tried really hard not to post too many kitties.
Lily the Birman
Such a pretty kitty! The eyes are jewel-like, and that paw? Pretty great. It’s difficult to draw cats in a way that doesn’t seem all, “OMG I love kitties SO MUCH they are my best friends” – even though there’s nothing wrong with that. But it becomes a little monotonous in the art world. Ms. Pieterman went along the more dignified mysterious-and-beautiful road.
Drawing horses presents a similar dilemma. Arabian Sandy, I think, is a good example of bringing a horse out of the windswept, wild plains and into a smaller, more intimate atmosphere. (Yes, even though the Pyramids are in the background.)
Ooh, you know this isn’t actually real, haha. I like that the lioness and human faces are close together, and that the lioness’s takes precedence.
There are no humans at all in this one. I think the abstract swirls from the eagle’s wings work really well, as do the wings themselves as a framing element.