Daily Sketch Reprise: Tonal Nap, 2013

pastel sketch of cat
“Tonal Nap”, pastel on pastello paper, 8″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Giuseppe was napping, as usual, outside the door of my studio in a pool of sun on the landing. We’ve all grown accustomed to that piece of cardboard, they’ve been enjoying it as a scratching item and bed and big toy, and I’ve been enjoying it as an art element in my sketches and photos.

The floor and the cardboard are about the same color, and the same colors appear in Giuseppe as well. I’ve been wanting to sketch him for a couple of weeks and finally had the chance. I used my 24-pastel set with just limited colors; I wanted to keep that limited tonal range that I’d been admiring.

Below is a cropped version of the sketch above.

pastel sketch of black cat on cardboard
“Tonal Nap” cropped

Where to find this artwork

framed sketch of cat
“Tonal Nap”, pastel.

It’s interesting to see these sketches year after year—the light is the same and our activities are quite the same, and I nearly did another sketch quite like this one the other day!

You can find this sketch as various sized prints on paper and canvas, including a framed version on Portraits of Animals.

The original is sold. I am always glad to see them go to a good home—and you know who you are!

What was I sketching a year ago today?

Mr. Sunshine Demands, 2012

marker sketch of cat standing
Mr. Sunshine Demanding, brush marker © B.E. Kazmarski

With that tall tail he is so sweet. Typically the tail is quite straight, bending forward slightly at the very tip, but here he had been playing and was very excited about something. I said something totally ingenious, like, “Mr. Sunshine!” He came to the doorway, demanding to know what I wanted. He stood there long enough to get a little outline done, then disappeared back into the kitchen. I called him back a few more times to get the rest of the details. The expression on his face is from the last callout.

Where to find this artwork

art paper with ink sketches of cats
“Brush Kitties” art paper

Speaking of “Brush Kitties”, Mr. Sunshine has a prominent place in that collection, including this sketch! You’ll find it on Portraits of Animals. under Gifts Produced From My Designs.

Art paper by the sheet

Text weight, 11 x 17

Cover stock, 11 x 11

It’s been so much fun to work my way through all these sketches and follow through with projects using them as illustrations.

Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit Portraits of Animals in the “Daily Sketches” section.

Read about the reason for the daily sketches in Three Years of Daily Sketches.

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And don’t forget that each month’s Featured Artwork is also one of the free prints available on Portraits of Animals when you sign up for an account.

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"Feline Style Sampler" book of sketches and portraits.

A collection of 34 images of feline artwork

Feline Style Sampler

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charcoal sketch of cat sleeping
“A Vigilant Nap”, black and white charcoal pencils on gray toned paper, 4.5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Yes, Giuseppe is napping, but it’s not a serious nap, it’s a vigilant nap. He’s on my worktable under the lights while I am at my drafting table and computer in my studio, and apparently he’s been assigned to keep an eye on me. Find this sketch or visit my gallery of daily sketches to see what’s available.

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