Mewsette does her best to get to my coffee in the red mug, but all she ever gets is to lick the sides. I think she learned this from Cookie, who really did drink my coffee when I wasn’t paying attention. I don’t see how they could like the taste of coffee, but I’m sure they like the half ‘n half. She is, of course, on the edge of the enamel table.
I’m working on a really cool project with this series of sketches from the kitchen, with black cats and those touches of red!
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What else was I sketching on this date?
Mewsette and Mimi enjoy each others’ company for their after-dinner baths, sketched in brown conté crayon. Very fun to try to catch them in one position long enough to sketch a basic outline, then fill in.
I’ve ignored my conté crayons for a while; I’d used them so often over the summer I grew a little tired of them, but I’m enjoying getting back to the earth tones and to the sketchy feel after drawing so frequently in ink.
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Confusing Cuddle Puddle, 2012
I made the mistake of turning on the little high-intensity work lamps today, and this was the result. See if you can figure out how many cats are here and just how they are positioned.
Seeing them curled up under my work lamps was the second biggest inspiration to do daily sketches, probably because I see them that way every day. Four of them piled up was my second daily sketch entitled Reticulated Kitties. (Sleeping on the bed was the first.)
At least when they’re sleeping they hold still long enough for me to get everything in the right place. Yes, a pile of black cat, and they are so close they might as well all be one.
I will add, a year later in 2013, the frustration of working with vine charcoal is that it tends to flake off this smoother paper, even with a fixative. This original no longer looks like this, and I’ve since begun to use a small pad of paper with more tooth and texture to hold the charcoal.
Charcoal has a similar blending style to yesterday’s conté sketch and it’s often difficult to decide which one I want to use, whether I want the dense black of charcoal, and put up with its ephemeral nature, or the softer strokes of conté, not as dense black, but which stay put!
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