This is a daily sketch from many years ago, at another time when I did daily sketches. Stanley settled on the pillow on the recamier for his after-breakfast nap and I simply grabbed my pencil and sketchbook and swung around in my desk chair and got it down on paper. I’m so glad, because more than any photo with all its distracting details and often questionable quality, this sketch brings Stanley and that moment right back for me as I remember studying him and deciding what was essential about the scene and about what I loved of Stanley. I always loved Stanley’s “racing stripes” on his face and the back of his head, and “Stripe” or “Stripes” were nicknames I had for him. This pillow was meant for me to use during yoga, but apparently I was wrong about its purpose.
He was about 20 in this sketch and I remember looking at his shape and the shape of the pillow almost echoing each other as an interesting composition, my eyes tracing all those graceful curves and shadows, lovingly caressing his side, the angles of his ears, the stripes as if it was my hand. I visualize art all the time in everything I look at and most of the time I enjoy the moment and let it pass, but in this instance I reached a point where I couldn’t not do this sketch or it would linger, and I would regret not taking the time. Because I can’t draw everything I visualize, that’s how I choose what to draw—I don’t, it becomes an overwhelming inspiration and I have no choice. Stanley’s shape and markings were so familiar that it wasn’t difficult to lightly outline in pencil the familiar ears and head and hip, the stripes and whiskers, and even that pillow he loved to nap on, and then work in the details with every angle of the pencil.
I love my colors and usually my choice of desktop calendar art is full of color whether representational or not, but at some point in the winter months I like to feature monochromatic artwork, especially pencil or ink.
I love to work in pencil. It’s the medium I’ve been using longest from the first time I picked up one of my mother’s No. 2 pencils and tried to sketch the bare crabapple tree against the snow in the back yard. I often say I can “think” in pencil, the image comes to me immediately and I can even sketch looking at the subject and not looking at the paper, and creating lines and shading and shapes without any conscious thought I’m aware of.
A New Member Thank You
You can get a free matted print when you register for an account on Portraits of Animals.
Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free double-matted print of “Winter Sunbath” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects.
The New Member print is a signed digital print of “Stripes”. This print is 5 x 7 double matted to fit an 8 x 10 frame.
This print is only available as a new member gift during this month while it’s the featured artwork and desktop calendar, so make sure you sign up before the end of the month!
Or purchase the original or a different print or item
I also offer a variety of digital and canvas prints, find this on Portraits of Animals.
You can find “Stripes” as part of my “Feline Pencil Sketches” series of note cards.
I often have individual handmade items with this image. Search www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net for “Stripes” to see what’s available (but I warn you, the title “Stripes” appears in other designs too, I just like the title). If you’d like to request something special you can email me or comment when you order.
This month’s desktop calendar
If these sizes don’t work for your device, or if you have problems, please let me know. Often I can troubleshoot the reason an image won’t download or won’t load on your device, but if I just can’t figure it out I can just email it to you and hope that works.
How to download and use your desktop calendar
- Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
- For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
- For mobile devices, press on the image to bring up a menu and choose “open in new window”. Go to that window and press until a menu appears and choose as “set as wallpaper” or “set as lock screen” or whatever you’d like—this is slightly different on all devices.
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