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Daily Sketch Reprise: Shadows and Light, 2013 and Toe Cleaning, 2012

pastel of cat in sunlight
“Shadows and Light”, pastel on pastello paper, 9″ x 12″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette catches the bright warm flow of early morning sun trough the back door and into the kitchen. Both she and the shadows are fairly solid black and the light and highlight fairly solid yellow with very little secondary or reflected light.

Since most of the drawing was in shadow I decided in this case to use dark paper and draw the light. My pad of pastello paper didn’t have a good deep brown or green so I used black, which is a little stark but carries the idea well.

What else was I sketching on this day?

Toe Cleaning, 2012
ink sketch of cat cleaning between toes
“Toe Cleaning”, ink drawing pen © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Jelly Bean has himself all rolled into a ball by the time he gets around to cleaning between his toes; that’s why it looks as if he has three toes—his tongue is between the last two.

I’m trying to pick up my speed with sketching, and bathing sketches are great for that. When they play they actually move too much, at least for my skill level at the moment. When bathing they usually sit in one spot and twist around from there but at least a part of them stays in one place.

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