I finally did find out who this forlorn-looking black neighborhood cat was after meeting him in 2011; he was 17 then and my neighbor managed to keep him in but lost him the next year. I remembered him in this sketch I’d wanted to do the first time I saw him.
So I did decide to sketch my favorite photo from “320 Cat”. The kitty, Gossamer, kind of makes me think of Emeraude. I also like the gentle colors—the day was overcast and I did brighten the photo a bit, but the palette is why it lends itself to an ink drawing with watercolor. Someday I may spend a little more time and do a more complete watercolor, but for now I’m happy with this.
Unfortunately, my pen bled when I watercolored over the lines, and that’s not happened before. I purchased a new pen to replace the one I’d used to draw all the other ink-and-watercolor sketches you see here, I let it dry after I’d sketched, and still the ink picked up and bled in with my watercolors. Not cool. I’d looked for years for a pen I enjoyed working with that I could use with water-based media like watercolors and markers.
But Mr. Sunshine decided to try his paw at art today, and that made everything more interesting. None of the paintbrushes tasted at all good and the paint water tasted the same as always. It was more fun to recline gracefully on the piece of watercolor paper, kind of like a combination of conceptual and performance art. He would not be photographed, though.
Where to find this artwork
Many people asked if I’d offer this as a print, and so I have, and I am also offering the original for sale, framed, matted only, or art only. Read the details in my Etsy shop. I’ll get an image of the framed piece up as soon as I can get a good photo without a lot of glare on the glass, but for now I mocked one up in Photoshop that’s pretty close to what it looks like.
What other sketches did I share around this date?
Get That Bug, 2012
Whatever possessed me to try to catch Giuseppe in the act of swatting at the insect that was haunting my desk light, well, I do know, he was just really cute about it. But whatever possessed me to use this particular green pastel pencil…the color just didn’t scan well and some of the finer lines in the sketch are missing. But Giuseppe was a wonderful model, and I have a greater understanding of their faces at this angle, and the lift of the paw.
Giuseppe was awfully cute about it too!
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