Quite the landscape, Giuseppe, when he crouches with his hips and elbows in the air. It’s a posture I’m sure everyone who lives with a cat finds familiar.
I initially intended to sketch him facing completely away from me, but he turned his head and I liked his profile, that long sloping forehead and regal nose.
I’m still working in charcoal because I’ve been wanting to move to more than just the outlines of each of the cats in action. These are black cats, after all, and it’s their very darkness that I find visually appealing, the contrasts with their eyes and they way their shape is often isolated against a lighter background. This means filling in their shapes somehow, so for Giuseppe I followed the flow of his fur and used the actual shadowed areas as the darkest areas. I wasn’t sure what to do with his face, so I left part of it untouched. Forgot his eyebrows, though; can’t forget Giuseppe’s eyebrows.
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