Kim, my cousin's Siamese, taken from a photo dated 1982. There are two things I resolved never to do after drawing this - never use a fuzzy old photo and try and draw details I can't actually see and never start more than one drawing at a time. I also changed the eyes which were half closed in the photo so this probably looks nothing like Kim! I had to use a lot of other reference photos to see how the hairs grew around the body, how cats ears look inside, and the paws look front on.
The reason it took so long too is that I started two other drawings at the same time and this is my number one 'no no'! I simply cannot concentrate knowing their are other drawings ready to shade. I'm not even sure if this is finished (I'm not completely happy with the face or the paws) or whether I just got fed up with looking at it and procrastinating.
Part of my dissatisfaction may come from reading Anthony Ryder's book and comparing my work, which looks flat, with his, which are exquisite. My Amazon package arrived yesterday and suddenly I'm in the mood for Christmas! All the shops look very festive and I hear that there is a Christmas market in Carouge - I can't wait to see it!
Anyway, at the end of it, I think this came out better than I had been expecting. I thought of binning it half way through! Now I need to do something quick and sketchy!