Daily Sketch: Mewsette Did Not Give Up Her Basket

charcoal sketch of cat in basket
“Mewsette Did Not Give Up Her Basket”, charcoal pencil, 8″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

In fact, she slept in it all afternoon (a reference to today’s photo).

The lighting is a little puzzling because my worklight shone down on her back but left her head in shadow. The only real distinguishing factor is her ear.

I had to sort my orders into another basket. Too bad for me.

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What else was I sketching on this date?

 

Bath Interrupted, 2013

waercolor of cat bathing
“Bath Interrupted”, watercolor, 5″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Well, Mewsette was bathing so nicely and I was observing and just ready to catch the action when a wrestling match broke out and all was lost. I hadn’t visualized enough to finish, but I kind of liked this once it dried—she has one hind leg out through her front legs and was leaning down to bathe it. Those brothers…

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Dinner for Three, 2012

three cats eating
“Dinner for Three”, charcoal pencil, 6.5″ x 9″

The boys enjoy their dinner on the floor in a casual array while their mother and sister dine on the cabinet. It is Giuseppe, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine counter-clockwise from the bottom left.

This is my old favorite charcoal pencil. I keep one in the kitchen for handy sketching so I don’t have to drag the big bag of art toys in there with me. At dinnertime, space is at a premium. I usually sketch just the graceful outline in it but this time I wanted to do something a little different, a heavier line with a little bit of modeling. They are inky black against the light kitchen floor, but I don’t like to lose the details of their extremities by filling them in. Besides, I did that already, in brush marker in a sketch with a very similar title. Well, some things never change.

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Must Have a Clean Tail, 2011

sketch of cat washing tail
Must Have a Clean Tail, charcoal © B.E. Kazmarski

Right in the middle of washing his face, Jelly Bean noticed his tail was dirty. Down came the paw to scoop up his tail and give it a good bath lest it get away.

This sketch is in charcoal, and I should explain that most of the charcoal I use is in pencil form, which is a little denser than the vine type, and also a little more durable as I carry it around and cats swat at it as I work. I like the blackness of it, though the lines will never be as fine and smooth as pencil.

Speaking of Jelly Bean, he just showed up again. I swear they know when I’m writing about them.


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