This was actually not a “daily sketch” as part of the original set, but it was a sketch I did one day…I participated in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge in January 2017. This was my painting for day 15, and the first cat sketch I painted in that painting challenge. I painted a number of portraits over the holidays just prior so I moved to landscapes and other subjects first. I actually had a different image planned for that day but Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine were totally enchanting getting organized in the best cuddle pile on my drafting table by the window, the light was wonderful, and, well, here you are. I kept visualizing the three black shapes and tried to ignore them and stop visualizing a sketch. Good luck with that. I told myself that if they lined up, one-two-three, I would sketch them. It took a while, but, don’t you know, they did.
I used a special type of charcoal/pastel paper, deep rich black with a distinct texture. I love the smooth pastel papers for the way I can blend, but I also love to use the textured papers and use the texture to build shape as well as to keep me from getting lost in tiny details. For this sketch I wanted just those three shapes and the light, and enough details to know where it was, like the vase of brushes on the windowsill.
I wasn’t sure which crop I liked better on this sketch. Above I have the crop that preserves all the edges even though the windows aren’t right, the panes are each the same size. Below is the crop that includes the image area I’d wanted, but I like the black edges. Whatever, I guess I don’t really have to make a decision, except that I framed the one above as best I could with the edges of the sketch so close to the edges of the paper.
But then, I like this crop too, just the “important” area of the art. It looks nice as a card.
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