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Daily Sketch Reprise: Side By Side, 2013

"Side BySide", brush marker, 6" x 7.5" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Side By Side”, brush marker, 6″ x 7.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A little minimalist sketch, seeing Bean and Giuseppe side by side on the stool looking out the door, their outlines echoed one to the other. I just wanted to catch the parts that described what I saw—the two repeated outlines, the ears heads, shoulders, back, not identical but similar enough, and just enough to show they are cats.

Looks simple but it’s not. Being honest, I had one try before I did this one, but it was too detailed from the beginning.  I just wanted one, simple, descriptive line. The trick is to capture the line on the first try and that takes an immense amount of focus, and a deep, trusting relationship between your eyes and your drawing hand.

“Minimalism” really is an art form with the intent to use the least amount of information to describe the essence of its subject. I’d worked in this style years ago but I’ve gotten away from it in all I’ve learned since then. It’s nice to get back to it. You will probably see more.

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Other Possibilities

So when these simple line art sketches come around again I like to play around with them. That’s how other products were born like “Inscrutable Patterns” and “Just Fits”. First, here’s what it looks like in reverse.

"Side By Side" in reverse.
“Side By Side” in reverse.

And in color, as a pattern.

"Side By Side" in reverse, in color.
“Side By Side” in reverse, in color.

Lots of fun!

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"Here in the Shadows" desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.
“Here in the Shadows” desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

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A collection of 34 images of feline artwork

Feline Style Sampler

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One thought on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Side By Side, 2013

  • Bernadette, if you are considering brand differentiation may I humbly suggest that your pattern of “Side By Side” in reverse in color would make a gorgeous fluffy throw. You might have to broaden the marker lines a wee bit. I’d buy one in a New York second — for all my catnaps with Justice Threegood Marshall.


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