Tuesday, October 3, 2023
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Daily Sketch Reprise: A Pile of Socks

charcoal sketch of cat kneading socks
“A Pile of Socks”, charcoal pencil, 9.5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Oh, thank you,” said Mr. Sunshine as he happily squinted and stepped into the pile of socks I was sorting and folding. “This is just…so nice…purrrrfect,” he said as he began purring loudly and kneading slowly and thoughtfully with both front paws.

Cats and laundry just go together as if the laundry basket had a little bell on it that only cats could hear. Finishing with the socks was out of the question right then, so I sketched him, from my angle, foreshortened, looking down on his happy face, relaxed ears, closed eyes and starfish paws.

Charcoal pencil is good for a quick study. I was going to add some color to the socks with pastel to distinguish them, but I left them as they were. I like the lines.

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This sketch is included in my Feline Style Sampler—read more about the book below.

What was I sketching last year?

On the Flowered Rug

sketch of two black cats on rug
On the Flowered Rug, marker © B.E. Kazmarski

These two settled on the landing for a good bit of the afternoon and I decided to take a moment to sketch them on the flowered rug, in whatever positions they were in at the moment.

I was happy enough with the sketch, but when I scanned it the lighter pink, kind of a bright highlighter pink, did not scan at all. Nothing, no color in that area. I put down another layer hoping that would darken it enough. Pale pink. I actually laid yellow down over it, and finally it scanned as…yellow-orange. In PhotoShop I changed the tone, hue and saturation of the yellow and came up with this pink, which is actually closer to the real pink than the bright highlighter pink was, but now all the other colors are different. Except the black. But anyway, it’s the two figures I like.

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"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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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: A Pile of Socks

  • Socks or any laundry would be fun to lay on.
    Sadly, Mom will not allow us into the laundry room.
    We only have a chance at dirty laundry, but at least it smells like Mom 🙂
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

    • Our human gets pretty loose with her laundry. Sometimes she puts it down to take a picture and that’s all we need!


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