Sunday, April 21, 2024
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Daily Sketch: One Cat Leads To Another

sketch of three black cats
“One Cat Leads To Another”, 5″ x 10″, charcoal pencil © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

In this case the interpretation of that phrase is literal. I looked down at the boys sleeping curled but touching, in a series that looked as if one cat led to the next cat.

Black cats on a white floor, I had my sketchpad and charcoal pencil at hand. Simple shapes sleeping, the furnace is right under the floor where they were lined up and they were not moving but enjoying the morning kitchen. I thought of all the interesting things I could do with their shapes in color and style, but I decided to keep the shapes simple and almost abstract, so they could relax.

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

charcoal sketch of cat sleeping
Sleeping, vine charcoal © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette curls up for a nap under the kitty keep-warm lights at the desk in my office downstairs.

No more full coverage with the charcoal, just good, heavy lines with lots of variation in shape and opacity to help describe both Mewsette’s outline and dimensional shape.

My cats and I are creatures of habit, but of evolving habits. For days my cats had been crowding under the kitty keep-warm lamps but have been slowly losing interest and only Mewsette remains to act as feline paperweight on my desk. At the same time I have been exploring my piece of vine charcoal with their outlines and shapes, fur and eyes and paws, working with different techniques every day; their shapes and the density of the shadows under the high-intensity lamps inspired this exploration. We work together on these things, but I am feeling we are all ready to move on to new media, and they to a new heat source.

Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit my Etsy shop in the “Cat Art and Prints” section.

Read about the reason for the daily sketches in Three Years of Daily Sketches, Awards and Collections.

And download your free desktop wallpaper calendar for computer or mobile, usually based on a daily sketch.

"Rolling Around" desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.
“Rolling Around” desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

"Feline Style Sampler" book of sketches and portraits.

A collection of 34 images of feline artwork

Feline Style Sampler

Daily sketches, illustrations, commissioned portraits all in a small coil-bound gift book.

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© 2015 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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