Daily Sketch Reprise: Top of the World

ink and watercolor sketch of cat
Top of the World, ink marker and watercolor pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Mimi again enjoys the warmth of the sun on her one side, this time on top of the wardobe at the top of the stairs, her new favorite spot.

This is another one of those complicated sketches that I did quickly, then filled in later, though Mimi spent quite a bit of time up there..

This has both deep shadows and bright highlights, and both direct and reflected light, a challenge for me in ink, for sure! But while Mimi did move her head to face front, look up at me and look behind herself, she sat for long enough for me to get the light and shadow on her torso sketched in with pen, then a bit of watercolor pencil scribbled on top.

This is still one of my favorites as a little illustration, and I love all four in this style: Kelly on the Windowsill, Mimi’s Sunbath and Kelly with Grapes and Apple. This last I intended to “daily sketch reprise” while I was away, so I’ll just have to do it one of these days soon!

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I’ve been cheating a little this week with sketches—BlogPaws set me back with time and I’ve been trying to catch up with work that didn’t get done!

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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Top of the World

  • May 22, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Hmm. Cats always like to be at the top of things. It’s a nice picture, but us dogs are always a little uncomfortable in case they jump down and land on our backs with their claws out …

    • May 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Laurie, we have to admit…we like to leap out and surprise our human, and we’d probably like to do that to a dog or anything else, but we don’t use our claws when we do, so if we did this to you you’d just be scared.


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