Sometimes I remark that these daily sketches capture a memory in a very intimate way. I read this text from 2012 and I was right back there, on a sunny March 10 two years ago.
So much color on sunny days! Giuseppe and Jelly Bean cuddle on the old purple shawl I keep in a cozy corner of the bathroom for Kelly when she spends her time in there. The boys discovered it this morning and could barely fit on it since it’s folded several times to be nice and thick and to fit Kelly.
With the extra sunlight the purple was vibrant, not so much here but eye-catching nonetheless, as well as Bean’s big citron eyes in his dark face. Poor Bean, I had to keep tapping my pencil on the bathroom door and calling his name to make him look up at me so I could get the details in his face! I can fill them in from memory, but it was an odd angle and I wanted to be sure it was right.
Totally realistic color today, no fanciful green and orange and blue cats! I just loved the way they looked on the purple shawl, such a simple composition, but so graceful and lovely.
I’ve been remembering this one—I was really getting into my stride with colored pencils, which I’d never liked before, until I thought of them as “pencils” and not necessary as a color medium to cover an area, like pastels. I began using the sketchy lines you see in Giuseppe, and carried those over to my ink sketches later. Since then I’ve used them frequently and have even used them for a few illustrations outside of my sketches here. But even though a friend gave me a 50-pencil set a few years ago, though, I still use the very old set of 12 Berol Prismacolor pencils I have from some former art teacher’s stash purchased at an estate sale. I hope she’s happy they’ve been put to use!
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