This sketch is the very first time I worked out the “Warhol Cats” style using the simple bright marker colors with black marker outline, something I’d been visualizing and always wanted to try as an illustration style, even before my daily cat sketches, but never found it successful for me. This time it worked well, and became one of my favorites.
This is the final version of what the four cats were doing on the box today. After the pose for a portrait, Mimi bath and using Mr. Sunshine as a pillow, Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette and Jelly Bean had settled into sleeping balls on the box. Mimi had tried to settle down behind them, but there just wasn’t enough space, even for a little kitty like her.
And a little kitty like her would hardly be noticed if she…walked on her children and settled down where she was comfortable. None of them even flinched. All settled in for a nice colorful nap.
This is the fun thing about working with four black cats. It began as a pencil sketch because I liked their shapes, but it was difficult to distinguish them in pencil. I can tell them apart by details you can see—if you can see details. But in these sketches you really can’t, so I decided to devise a way to tell them apart and used the colors I associate with each of them, the yellow-orange for Mr. Sunshine, purple for Mimi, magenta in this sketch instead of red for Mewsette, and a light green for Bean. Giuseppe Verdi is usually green, but Bean is green as well, and more of the mint green of the bathroom. Mewsette is typically red, but in this case the magenta came in handy.
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What else was I sketching on this date?
We had a great time over the weekend with lots of play and impromptu naps in new places and not keeping any schedule at all, but today it was Monday and kitties must get back to their daily schedule and the serious business of eating and sleeping lest they lose their youthful figures and sweet dispositions.
Mr. Sunshine throws his paw over his face during a mid-morning nap to block me out as I was typing too loudly.
I was about to do this in black pen, but decided I saw far too much color in Mr. Sunshine’s fur as he napped in a sun puddle. Orange is one of his colors, yet I also wanted the stronger outline and chose a close color complement.
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