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Daily Sketch Reprise: First One Side, Then the Other, 2014

ink sketch of cat washing her ears
“First One Side, Then the Other”, ink on multi-media paper, 6.5″ x 6.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This is two studies of Mewsette washing her face, specifically when she runs her paw all the way over her ear. I love watching cats wash their faces, and watching them with their varied swiping strokes and drawing them from life takes a lot of watching, and a lot of deciding which view I’d like to sketch. Sometimes they swipe their paw over only their nose, sometimes across their whiskers or forehead, and sometimes they dip their head way down and wash behind their ears. This was the view I decided I liked best.

I sketched the top right view first, where she has her ear flipped back with her arm to wash the inside, then she moved to the other side so I decided, now that I had actually mastered how far she was leaning forward, what her back was doing, and especially what her arm was doing, I’d also do the other side. In that case I liked the view where she had her ear pushed down against her head.

That’s harder than it looks! But it turned out okay.

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

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