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Daily Sketch: Sally’s Profile

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“Sally’s Profile”, 1987, ink on vellum tracing paper, 3.5″ X 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Technically, this isn’t a daily sketch at all, but another of my old experiments and it’s based on a photo I featured earlier today of my Sally.

This is from my years of “practice”, before I considered myself an “artist”. It’s drawn in black ink using a Koh-i-noor rapidograph technical pen left over from college. I was so inspired by those photos of Sally, and at around that time the veterinary hospital where I took my cats and all my rescues had asked me about a set of proprietary sympathy cards for cats and dogs. In the days before digital printing there was little way to easily reproduce halftone artwork, as photos are, so I told them the best idea for simple inexpensive cards, which was what they wanted, was line art drawings, and I already had a few ideas, this being one.

I diligently went about working out a style that was popular in the clip art books we used for the direct mail—okay, junk mail—ads we were designing at the time, using lots of dots and patterns to create tones and shapes. I had little control over my hands in drawing at that time, so I just slipped the photo under a piece of tracing paper and started inking it in. This is the result. I was pleased, and still like this little sketch. Sally’s profile was so specific, familiar, and so dear to me, the rest of it could be an aimless pattern but as long as I captured that nose and forehead I was happy.

Maybe someday I’ll actually do something with it! It’s not for lack of ideas…I’ve always pictured it as plain black and white, even with the black and white reversed. I’ve also pictured it as…get this…a Warhol-type screen print series. Stay tuned for more things.

Those sympathy cards never happened (guess I was destined to create sympathy cards, though) but I saved all the artwork I created; you can read a little more about this project, as well as other early ink drawings, here.

Check these two other animal art blogs today!

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Pussies on Parade has an awesomely gorgeous pastel of a kitty entitled “Murphy in the Sunlit Window”.

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And thanks to The Pet Museum for posting “Detention” and pointing me in the direction of “Reusable Art”, a collection of free downloadable art of all subjects. And because it’s free and downloadable, I’ve pasted the image below. But please visit The Pet Museum for other images as well, and click on the image below to see it on Reusable Art.

"Detention", "Another copyright free and public domain image brought to you by and our valued sponsors."
“Detention”, “Another copyright free and public domain image brought to you by and our valued sponsors.”


Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit my Etsy shop in the “Cat Art and Prints” section.

Read about the reason for the daily sketches in One Year of Daily Sketches.

And download your free desktop wallpaper calendar for computer or mobile, usually based on a daily sketch.

pastel sketch of cat with chalk

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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

© 2013 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski



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