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Daily Sketch Reprise: Two Cats in a Basket, the Sketch, 2012

sketch of two cats in a basket
Two Cats in a Basket, ink drawing pen © B.E. Kazmarski

Another view of Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette sharing the feline organization and containment device. They spent so much time there I thought I’d make the most of it, especially when they stopped moving around and settled down for their intended nap, Mr. Sunshine resting his chin on Mewsette’s head. I started with an ink sketch, which I liked, considered adding color, and decided the lines were too delicate and it should stay as is. I may make a few prints and experiment with some watercolors, and come to think of it I should post these when I do this.

Technically, this is yesterday’s daily sketch, and what comes next may sound as if it’s partly in some foreign language, but suffice it to say that preparing it to post yesterday did not work well. When I scan these, no matter the medium, I always save them at 100dpi and 1000 pixels wide, enough resolution to see the details without being too big to view on most computers or mobile devices. However, when I saved this one at that resolution it was totally bitmappy—all the lines were jagged and even a little blurry. I didn’t figure it out last night, or today, and I’ve learned my lesson with computer things—unless it absolutely has to be a certain way, find a workaround and move on. So this scan is at a higher resolution in order for you to see the detail with relative clarity, and I hope it’s not a problem for anyone to view it because it’s too large on your screen or takes too long to compose or download.

After that explanation, this was the point where I began saving my images for the web at 300dpi instead of 100dpi and still do. I remember when I had to save things at less than 20k or they’d never load in a web page. My how things have changed!

Also, I finally discovered a quick and easy way to represent their eyes in a sketch. When they are black and their eyes such a contrast it’s easy to want to outline their eyes for the shape, but I looked at just how they were shaped across the top, and the pupil, and it worked. In part that was thanks to the ink drawing pen I like so much now, and had just discovered it at that time. Its ease of flowing across the paper made drawing quick details so much easier.

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