Sunday, May 19, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Inscrutable

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“Inscrutable”, brush and ink and felt-tip sketch marker, 5.5″ x 7.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

They all look at me like this, but this is more patterned after Jelly Bean, who sat by the window atop a box so that his face and front body was entirely in a deep shadow. Resting, his eyes are slits, and sometimes he simply closes them and takes a nap, but sitting up.

I looked at him and thought, “Inscrutable”, as his expression seemed to be, and actually was since I really had no idea what he might be thinking. I liked his shape and thought how similar the others look when they do the same. I liked the silhouette with just the eyes, but I needed something to soften up the edges because he was not hard-edged except his ears and his tail where it laid against the surface. Hmmm…I don’t want to draw every hair, I don’t want to be that definite. Dry brush? Maybe another time. I roughly sketched his outline, firmed it up and painted it in with Higgins black drawing ink and a wide brush, then a narrower one. For the finish I drew lots of dots with felt-tip technical pens in two sizes.

I’m not entirely pleased with the shape—his head is too wide, but other than that I can see Mewsette and Sunshine and Giuseppe and even Mimi as well as Bean. I’m going to explore this style a little more, too. I had used it years ago in my sketches for “Kitties Being Kitties” and for “Sally’s Profile” and even in “my first greeting card” (scroll down to see) and drawing the dots is truly mesmerizing.

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