Daily Sketch: Spring Birdwatching

colored pencil sketch of two cats looking out the window
Spring Birdwatching, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Green Giuseppe and orange Mr. Sunshine watch birds in the bare lilac and at the feeder just outside the window.

No watercolor pencil to fight with tonight, just colored pencil. The only way I could catch the two of them in the act with a sketch, especially one so detailed, is because they kept coming back to approximately the same place and the same position. I lightly sketched their positions the first time they were there, then added a little more each time they returned which made their shapes exaggerated in some areas, like Giuseppe’s tail but it works. They don’t have squiggles either, they just came out of my pencils.


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  • March 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    yep! Just what I did this morning while I sat on my tower…gets me high enough to really watch the finches…and then…you won’t guess–well maybe you might…there was this humongous squirrel and he came right up to the window where I was just hanging out…grabbed a peanut and split…whew! that was a real rush! Love you cat art! Thanks tons, meowies furr hugs

    • March 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      We had a squirrel that came right up to the window! And then we had a chipmunk on the feeder! Did it think it was a bird?!

      • March 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Do ya ever see the neighborhood cats show up? We do…oooppps…gotta save the birds for another day

        • March 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          Someday I’ll have to get a photo of four totally puffed black cats who’ve seen another cat in their yard!

          • March 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

            cool…I like totally freak when I see another cat in my, uumm, “our” deck…just sayin..

  • March 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    It is bird watching season in Hairball Alley, too. I have taken more photographs and sketched less, because of the movement that seems to come along with all of it. Thanks for filling us in with the details of your process. Helpful for a beginner, like myself!

    • March 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I don’t know whether to sketch or photograph some days myself! In this case I decided rather than taking another dozen photos that look a lot like ones I took the day before and last year and so on, I’d sketch. Glad to share my process! It’s how I learned an awful lot myself, notes from other artists.

      • March 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

        I agree…Somedays it the same 3 orange cats in the window…much is the same, but the the seasons turn into years..and the M-Cats are growing boys…so it’s nice to record those changes….


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