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Daily Sketch: Sanguine

conte sketch of cat in sun
“Sanguine”, sanguine conté crayon, 7″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mimi paused in her bath in the sun at the top of the stairs. I’d been waiting, sketchpad at the ready and conté crayon in hand, but trying to act cool about it lest she notice me and get up to greet me.

I named it “sanguine” for both Mimi’s presumed attitude and the shade of the conté crayon, pigmented with iron oxide, made of graphite and clay and pigment, but with more wax as a binder. That’s the traditional color, but two or three shades of brown are also typical with black and white. I also saw a multi-colored set that looked like hard pastels. I like the sanguine best—it carries dark areas but gives them a character.

What was I sketching a year ago today?

Curled on the Bed

pencil sketch of three cats curled on bed
Curled on the Bed, pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

What else to do on a lovely sunny afternoon but curl up in the sun on the bed? …see the original and read more about this artwork, and the original is also for sale, framed, in my shop on Etsy as well as digital prints. I think I also want to take a few and colorize them.

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.

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