Daily Sketch: Side By Side

"Side BySide", brush marker, 6" x 7.5" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Side By Side”, brush marker, 6″ x 7.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A little minimalist sketch, seeing Bean and Giuseppe side by side on the stool looking out the door, their outlines echoed one to the other. I just wanted to catch the parts that described what I saw—the two repeated outlines, the ears heads, shoulders, back, not identical but similar enough, and just enough to show they are cats.

Looks simple but it’s not. Being honest, I had one try before I did this one, but it was too detailed from the beginning.  I just wanted one, simple, descriptive line. The trick is to capture the line on the first try and that takes an immense amount of focus, and a deep, trusting relationship between your eyes and your drawing hand.

“Minimalism” really is an art form with the intent to use the least amount of information to describe the essence of its subject. I’d worked in this style years ago but I’ve gotten away from it in all I’ve learned since then. It’s nice to get back to it. You will probably see more.

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Why don’t I sketch Lakota and Jojo? you ask. Well, some people have, and it’s because the bathroom is so small it’s difficult to get an angle on them that works well. If you notice, very few of my daily sketches are based in the bathroom, and those, on the windowsill, I’ve actually stood on the landing outside the door, or in the farthest part of the tub, and Lakota follows me in there, and Jojo wants to hang around my feet all the time. Someday soon!


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