Daily Sketch: Milling

pastel sketch of cats on black paper
“Milling”, Nupastel pastels on black construction paper, 9″ x 11″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I watched them milling around my legs like koi in a pond, waiting for some action on a day when I was up and down and all over the house and they followed me, anticipating my next move. I pictured them, colorful, on a dark background, loose and active, a moving pattern with a slight lighter shade in the background to further isolate them from the floor. I drew them from memory later, in my studio.

They are in their colors: Mewsette is magenta, Giuseppe is green, Bean is Blue, Sunshine is yellow-orange, but Mimi is usually purple and the purple in this set just wasn’t bright enough so she is, instead, orange. That fit with the composition. Unfortunately the slight texture of the paper showed when I scanned it and I find it distracting from my lines; I may photograph to see if that will eliminate the pattern.

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What was I sketching a year ago today?

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Of Intense Interest, 2013
ink sketch of two cats
“Out the Window”, ink drawing pen, 8.5″ x 6.5″ © Bernadette E Kazmarski

I’ve no idea what had them transfixed but some little creature was below window level in the lilac. Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe were trying to be observant and unseen at the same time, which had them motionless in odd compressed crouches long enough for me to sketch them, then add other details.

I enjoy sketching so much with my fancy hybrid technical pen that I like to let the tip skate over the paper now and then, and it makes cool little lines and shapes. I’m kind of wanting to add some watercolor washes, but it’s just a passing thought.

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Boyz at Play 2, 2012
sketch of three cats
Boyz at Play, purple gel pen © B.E. Kazmarski

Quite the play session, though I don’t know what the object was, perhaps a tiny spider since they’ve been appearing as the spring progresses. Jelly Bean is in front pouncing, his tail straight up in the air with that little bend near the top. Giuseppe needs to be the center of everything as an opera star should be, and tries to angle around Bean for a swat at whatever it is. Mr. Sunshine hangs in the background waiting for whatever it is to come his way and he’ll show it who’s boss. The three were on the table in front of the window.

Purple gel pen because that was what I grabbed when I wanted to sketch. Why not?


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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Milling

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:30 am
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      The more I look at this the more I like it, Tonkstail! I want it to be a throw rug!

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