Author Archives: Shoo Rayner

Drawing Professor McGonagall form Harry Potter as a Cat

In this video I draw and paint in watercolour, Minnie the cat pretending to be Professor Minerva McGonagal, head of Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School – from J K Rowling’s Harry Potter Saga.

This is part of my 100 Cats series, and was commissioned by Gill Ward in an online auction that was raising funds for the late children’s author, Tommy Dombavand, who sadly died earlier this year.

It is mostly painted in water colour and the final yellow and green were added with Dr Martin’s Radiant watercolours – Daffodil Yellow and Chartreuse Green.

Find out more about Tommy Donbavand here: https://www.youtube.com/user/tdonbavand

and at his website here: http://www.tommydonbavand.com
With award winning children’s author and illustrator, Shoo Rayner

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How to get really, really good at drawing – or anything else!

Edvard Munch – The Scream – How many times did he draw something to develop this final image?

I’ve been up to London a couple of times recently and saw the Munch and Manga exhibitions at the British Museum as well as their show of Rembrandt Drawing and etchings.

Something at the Munch exhibition made me think about the importance of practice and continual development and redevelopment of ideas, style and technique.

I thought I’d just talk it out to the camera in the hope of capturing some of what I was thinking. Maybe I need to do not everyday until I perfect the idea!