Daily Sketch: Mimi Shape

purple shape of cat
Mimi Shape, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Not what I set out to do when I grabbed the purple colored pencil to sketch Mimi bathing by the window, but as soon as I got the quick initial outline down, she decided she had been sketched enough lately. But I was involved enough in the sketch that I decided to continue.

Without my model my visualization wandered from the details I’d gathered and knew by heart and I just remembered that graceful curve ending in the curl of her tail. You can see a few other tries and other lines around the edges, so to clarify I hardened the lines I wanted then added some interior shading. Reminds me of a good old doodle. But I like the sculptural feel, and the will to abstract a familiar shape. And Mimi is definitely a purple kitty.

As soon as I was done she came right back. Taught me a lesson about using my imagination!


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4 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Mimi Shape

  • April 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Bernadette, this engaging departure from your “norms” brings to mind the sensuous, rounded, organic shapes of some of the works of Henry Moore.
    Mimi looks so maternal, and Moore was fascinated by that theme.
    Link to nice photo here:

    • April 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Meg, I knew exactly who you meant, and he was very much on my mind when I drew this. She even has a bit of the pear shape that signifies the female figure in sculpture, though not as pronounced as in other cat figures. I’ve intended more, but aside from Mimi they don’t really hold still long enough for me to visualize completely enough. Oh, for more time each day!

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