Monday, February 26, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Bathing on the Rug

colored pencil sketch of two black cats on rug
Two Cats on the Rug, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine were taking turns bathing each other as they lolled in the sun on the rug on the landing at the top of the stairs. Sweet, the two brothers then curled up to sleep.

What I love about them on the rug is their silhouettes. But silhouettes only work well when all the features of the subject are clearly enough outlined that you can tell what it is looking at the silhouette. The challenge was how to present these two cuddling, and Mr. Sunshine’s position where his head is over his body, while maintaining the integrity of the outline. In this case I decided to keep a strong outline but not fill them completely, and to have the stroke direction be different between the two. Wish I had done the pink fill on the rug in a horizontal line as a similarity like that in an image often indicates some sort of a connection between the two subjects with the same type of fill. When using lines as fill too, using different directions helps to define each subject. I only mention this for instructional purposes, and I decided to do that after I had finished the rug and begun on the boys. It still works okay.

I kept grabbing the red colored pencil instead of the purple, so you’ll see tinges of red in the pink.


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