Daily Sketch: Curving Silhouette

cut paper art of black cat
“Curving Silhouette”, cut paper, 5″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Enjoying Mimi’s shape as she curled loosely on the cabinet in the warm kitchen on a cool afternoon, I envisioned this placement of her silhouette, and planned it as a scratchboard. I got to my studio to put it together and instead I did a paper cutout silhouette! Well, I’ve been wanting to try that technique too, it’s been a while since I’ve done it.

No, I didn’t “cut” my sketch onto the paper, I sketched the outline I wanted in pencil on the black paper first, then cut it freehand with an Xacto knife from that.

Can’t wait to try different colors and layers! Though I think I’m going to stay with this monochromatic or black cat theme for a while, for obvious reasons. My senses have finally been overwhelmed by all these black cats.

What other sketches did I share on this date?


Black on Blue and Red, Variations, 2013
pastel sketch of black cat on red and blue blankets
“Black on Blue and Red”, pastel on textured paper, 6.5″ x 4.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Inspired by Bean’s perfect black fur, so shiny and dense black, against the crimson and cobalt fleece blankets I grabbed the first medium available to me—my hard pastels and small sketchbook. My camera was downstairs so I had no chance for a reference photo, but determined to get his little shape and all the colors on paper as quickly as possible.

But the paper was coarser than I’d remembered and I couldn’t get the denseness of his black or the colors of the blankets. Still, I finished it as closely as I could to what I’d visualized.

Then as time went by I visualized it another way and later I decided to do the same sketch with watercolor pencils, washing the lines with water to soften some and leave others, and create shadows and shapes with the liquid paint.

watercolor of black cat on red and blue blankets
“Black on Blue and Red”, watercolor pencil, 7.5″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Really, neither of them looks like my visualization, but that’s okay, they are what they are.

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Mimi’s Blue Bath, 2012
watercolor of cat
“Mimi’s Blue Bath”, watercolor, 4.5″ x 5.5″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mimi’s little curves and twists as she has a bath are fascinating to study, exciting to try to capture. She changed position and I chased her down with my brush and paint.

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