Daily Sketch: The Toy Dance

colored pencil sketch of cat
The Toy Dance, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Jelly Bean dances around on a toy. I love it when they do this, all four legs going in different directions and they look like they’d get tangled and fall down! That only happens when they want it to.

I didn’t sketch the toy, though I think it was something unconventional like a scrap of paper trimming from one of my projects.

I do like green, and while Giuseppe Verdi is a green kitty for several reasons, Jelly Bean is as well, but he’s a lighter green. I sketch him in blue now and then too.

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5 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: The Toy Dance

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  • March 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Jelly bean is the perfect muse for studying a cat’s body language: alert forward ears and interested confident tail.

    • March 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Layla, it’s funny, when I read Ingrid’s post this morning I was going to mention that learning that body language led to my “shortcuts” when I sketch an active pose, since they are constantly moving I lay down a few guidelines and then start to fill them in, but I need to remember “alert ears”, “happy tail, slightly curved”, “really round friendly eyes”.

  • March 19, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I think all cat ownees (ownee is a human who is owned by a cat:) know that pose. I love it when they try and pick up something small with their paw and it doesn’t quite work lol. Love the expression on Jelly Bean’s face !

    • March 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Carolyn, “ownees”, great word, don’t mind if I start to use it! That’s exactly what’s going on, he’s trying to get something to play with him and it’s not working. I look at some of the lines in this sketch, and though I am not comfortable with any language that feels violent, I think to myself I “nailed it” in some areas–his ears, the hind paw, the wave of his tail, I guess that’s an okay way to put it.


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