Daily Sketch: The Little Panther

"The Little Panther", brush marker, 7" x 5" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“The Little Panther”, brush marker, 7″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mimi has a good stretch on the bathroom windowsill. She is only 6.5 pounds, just a petite little girl, compared to her children and even the tortie girls, but she is sleek and black and graceful, just like a real panther.

I love the varied line quality this pen offers. It’s one of many with a brush-style tip actually shaped like a thin round paintbrush. I tend to press too hard and wear these down so I don’t get fine lines anymore, and I’m looking forward to seeing how well these pens hold up. I have them in several brands, and an illustrator friend recommended another to me. When I’m looking for this line quality in an illustration I typically use a metal crow-quill nib in an old wooden handle, much like the ones map makers used to use, and dip it into the ink of my choice to draw. I’ve always felt I had more control that way, but for quick sketches I don’t want to mess with a bottle of ink! Often I’m standing in the middle of a room and have nowhere to put anything down so I’m holding my sketchpad and all the materials I want to have at hand. I’d be wearing the ink, and so would my house.

Which reminds me, an artist friend remarked on her FB page that she was tossing her scraps of paper onto the floor just like her mother told her she could do when she got her own house. Likewise, when I spill a bottle of ink, and I have, there is no one here to get mad at me. It’s just ink on the floor, sometimes interesting all on its own!

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3 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: The Little Panther

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  • December 18, 2011 at 5:11 am
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    That’s a very fine sketch and shows the panther like qualities very well.

    It’s funny, but having treated my parents house like a dustbin all through my teen years, when I got my own place, I was as neat as a pin!! Go figure!

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    • December 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm
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      Carolyn, what’s funny is that Mimi is the smallest of them all! And I was nagged even when I was neat admonishing me not to spill/cut/stain/scratch/etc. anything so I ended up not doing anything in my parents’ house and waiting until I was on my own. That’s okay with me!

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