Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Not Quite on the Purple

colored pencil sketch of black cat
“Not Quite on the Purple”, colored pencil, 7″ x 4″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I wonder sometimes why they absolutely perfectly center themselves on things, and why sometimes they hang off an edge. I guess only they know. Mewsette, well, I think she’s always partly off somewhere else so she may note even realize the fact.

What I really liked was her simple, compact shape. I realized the choice of colored pencil wasn’t the best once I was into it, but I think the shape and simple head turn, the span of her cheekbones are still clear enough.

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What other sketches did I share on or around this date?


Stalking the Wild Crackle Ball, 2012
sketch of cat, slippers and cat toy
“Stalking the Wild Crackle Ball”, ink drawing pen, 4.5″ x 9″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette cleverly uses my ballet slippers as a foil to sneak up on the unsuspecting crackle ball. The floor is white, the slippers are pink and quite flat, Mewsette is black and bunched up with her butt in the air and hard to miss, but this means nothing in the drama she’s playing out in her feline imagination.

I guess I’m still enamored with my ink drawing pen, visualizing things in this medium most of the time.

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Colorful Cuddle Puddle, 2011
Three cats together in three colors
Colorful Cuddle Puddle, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe cuddle on the floor of my studio. It’s hard enough to distinguish them in real life, let alone in a sketch, so I did each of them in a different color. The colors relate to something from when they were kittens—they were all so much alike, aside from Jelly Bean with his white spots, and I felt the need to tell them apart, so I added a fingerprint of tempera paint to their left ear, one color per kitten, the same every day. Mewsette was the red kitty by default, Mr. Sunshine was the yellow kitty for obvious reasons, and Giuseppe was by chance the green kitty though this resulted in his full name, Giuseppe Verdi, opera composer, or Joe Green in English. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good golden yellow deep enough to carry a drawing, so I used turquoise for Mr. Sunshine for this one.

I’m glad I did two sketches today. I had initially done a little watercolor but it was neither scanning nor photographing well so it will have to wait for tomorrow or another day.

Click here to see other daily sketches.

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Read about the reason for the daily sketches in Two Years of Daily Sketches.

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“Mewsette on the Afghan” desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

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