Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Mimi Falling Asleep

pencil sketch of cat sleeping
“Mimi Falling Asleep”, 5.5″ x 9.5″, pencil © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mimi begins to list a little and spread out as she relaxes from the upright symmetrical meatloaf position of observing me from the vantage point of my elbow. What would I do without her?

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What else was I sketching on this date?


Highlighted Silhouette, 2012
pastel sketch of black cat on stool
Highlighted Silhouette, pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

I admit, I finished this a while after Mr. Sunshine had shifted his position and had a nice bath, but when he settled on the stool next to my drafting table under the work light, it was as if someone had turned my lights on. Usually my sketches are quick and simple since they are just intended to be daily exercises. His exquisite silhouette, the deep shadows, the cool blue-green highlights from the daylight-balanced fluorescents contrasting with the warm pine tones of the stool were just too much, I had to do my best to capture all the color and detail I saw. I worked purple and red and green into his black so that it looked more lively and actually more shaped as well.

I was drawing with both hands at one point, and when I went into the bathroom to wash my hands when I was done it looked as if I’d possibly used my face to blend some of the colors as well; I guess I had some stray hairs brushing across my cheeks and nose and my…décolletage, well, it’s hot, I’m wearing a tank top. But it looked as if I’d been in an accident or a fight and was somewhat bruised. Good thing I washed up before I left the house.

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