Daily Sketch: King of the Pile of Boxes

ink sketch of cat sitting on boxes
“King of the Pile of Boxes”, ink, 4″ x 9″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I caught Mr. Sunshine looking a little disgusted at his throne today. How he would like a “real” place to display his splendor and survey his domain.

I admit, we do have piles of boxes much of the time, and that may continue for a while as I settle into show season for the summer. However, thanks to the quick posting of a person in the rescue group I managed to snag a really nice cat entertainment center at the curb waiting for trash pickup the next day. I was going that way and swung by to pick it up. It just needs to be scrubbed and have a few repairs. They have a smaller one next to the refrigerator, but that’s stuck in the corner and not optimal for observation or personal display. And it’s navy blue.

At first I thought I’d clean it up and donate it since I have no space for anything extra right now—or ever, really! Then I saw the perfect spot. It means a little sacrifice for me, but finally the household will have a real feline entertainment center.

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What else was I sketching on this date? 2013

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Four Black Cats on a White Bed, 2013
ink sketch of four cats on bed
“Four Black Cats on a White Bed”, ink drawing pen, 9″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I was thinking in color today, but when I saw Mr. Sunshine, Mimi, Mewsette and Giuseppe curled up on the unmade bed, I saw the angles and wrinkles of the covers in simple, clear ink lines, and the silhouettes of the black cats against the white.

Their shapes had just the slightest amount of highlighted detail from the window light, just enough to see an ear or a nose, or to distinguish Mimi from Mewsette, and I had no idea how I would do that while still preserving their ink lines, which I love with this pen. The angled lines served to distinguish and describe their shapes, and just came naturally to my hand.

Jelly Bean was supervising me.

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I’ll Take Three Lumps, 2012
charcoal sketch of three cats sleeping
Three Lumps, charcoal pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Lumps of coal, or lumps of sugar? I was thinking lumps of sugar. The boys “occupied” my desk, as usual, Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean, all about as inert as the lumps in this sketch. Tough Monday.

I had the kitty keep-warm lamps on at my desk, so of course they were cuddling underneath, and also absorbing all the extra light. The least they could do is be models, but they didn’t even awake to comment or object.


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One thought on “Daily Sketch: King of the Pile of Boxes

  • May 16, 2014 at 8:38 am
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    King of the Pile of Boxes is Fab-U-Lous!
    Whimsically Warholian* — all it needs is drawings of shoes on the (shoe-?) boxes!

    *Warholian. As opposed to Orwellian.

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