I made the mistake of turning on the little high-intensity work lamps today, and this was the result. See if you can figure out how many cats are here and just how they are positioned.
Seeing them curled up under my work lamps was the second biggest inspiration to do daily sketches, probably because I see them that way every day. Four of them piled up was my second daily sketch entitled Reticulated Kitties. (Sleeping on the bed was the first.)
At least when they’re sleeping they hold still long enough for me to get everything in the right place. Yes, a pile of black cat, and they are so close they might as well all be one.
I will add, a year later in 2013, the frustration of working with vine charcoal is that it tends to flake off this smoother paper, even with a fixative. This original no longer looks like this, and I’ve since begun to use a small pad of paper with more tooth and texture to hold the charcoal.
Charcoal has a similar blending style to yesterday’s conté sketch and it’s often difficult to decide which one I want to use, whether I want the dense black of charcoal, and put up with its ephemeral nature, or the softer strokes of conté, not as dense black, but which stay put!
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