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Daily Sketch: The Dark Behind the Door

charcoal pencil sketch on felt canson paper
“The Dark Behind the Door”, charcoal pencil on dark felt Canson, 10.5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

It’s been a busy day and I wasn’t sure I’d have time for a sketch, but I settled in my studio in the late afternoon to finish up an illustration and as the darkness gathered so did all the cats in a pile behind the door. The furnace vent is there, and Emeraude’s favorite fleecy bed, and when I took a break and turned around to see who was there I thought at first it was three, then four, but I counted five individual ears. Then I decided to sketch them.

Outlines are there and I was about to fill them in for you to see the full effect of all the massive pile of blackness, but a massive pile of blackness is not interesting to look at. Clockwise form top left: Mimi, Sunshine, Giuseppe, Mewsette and Bean.

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What was I sketching last year on this day?

Mimi in Sunlight, 2013
pastel sketch of cat in sun
“Mimi in Sun”, peach pastel pencil on black pastello paper, 7″ x 9″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mimi settled her little self by the door to my studio where the sun streamed in the window and across the floor as well as on the door next to her. Lots of direct and reflected light, but just a simple composition. I wanted the pinkish tones of the wood floor and tan door and used a peach pastel pencil which oddly looks pale yellow, and used black pastello paper; not sure I like the texture this time, but overall I think it’s fine.

Little Mimi was up and about while her children were all sleeping on the bed. I think sometimes she enjoys the time to feel like an only cat.

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Boys at the Sink, again, 2012
sketch of black cats at green sink
Sketch of Boys at Sink

I was too busy messing around today to do a new sketch, so I decided I’d run a green on for St. Patrick’s Day. This sketch was one of the very first ones I did from December 5, 2011. And what is it? The boys at the sink, including both green and orange!

Today, something I see all the time and post photos frequently, but just wanted to test my skills with their odd positions and fast movements. Giuseppe is looking as if he needs to hop up and down from the sink a lot more often, but his big gut is just because of his awkward compressed position, hind paws on the sink edge, one front paw in the sink and the other on the edge of the sink next to Mr. Sunshine.

I love what they do with their ears when they are drinking.

I decided to use the colored pencil today since it was on my mind and I have ones that exactly match my sink and the orange cups I use! It was a nice idea, but I actually like the sketch better in black and white. And with the magic of PhotoShop, we get to see it that way.

sketch of two cats at sink
Same sketch, black and white

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