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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What other sketches have I posted on this date?
Apples, Tangerines and Mewsette
Mewsette poses with the little stainless steel bowl in my studio holding my green apples and, in this case, tangerines.
“Is this a good pose?” she asks.
Any pose is a good pose for Mewsette.
I love drawing with this pen, and the images I present here really can’t capture the quality of line this pen produces, and how responsive it is to my every movement, drawing even with the lightest touch. I need new markers, though; this older set is finally drying out and the colors are hard to work with.
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Impressionist Cats Keepsake from Portraits of Animals!
This papier-mâché box has five of my cat paintings and sketches in pastel and an Impressionist style on the lid and four sides of the box, trimmed with bright blue. Box measures 7″ x 7″ x 7″. $20.00, includes shipping. Read more and order.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!