Saturday, December 2, 2023
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Daily Sketch: Under the Table

pencil sketch of two cats on chair under table
Under the Table, pencil, 7.25" x 7" © B.E. Kazmarski

Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe press themselves together in order to both fit on the chair that’s pushed under the table. It’s a novelty and providing daily entertainment for the five—I moved a new table into the kitchen and rearranged the chairs and each of them has to try it all out from every angle possible. Cats on the chairs under the table is probably a scene or memory that everyone who lives with cats remembers. I used pencil because visualizing and realizing this scene even though it was right in front of me was a challenge, and I handle myself best in pencil when it comes to these sorts of difficulties.

But how do you distinguish two black cats in the semi-darkness on a chair under the table? Well, aside from the two meatloaf shapes, on the left you see an ear, and on the right, a profile, Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe, respectively. And I kept the shading lines distinctly angled. Part of the fun was the angle, as I couldn’t get too far back from the scene and ended up making it a bit bigger than I had wanted.

I wasn’t going to do a sketch today; I had errands and when I came back my electricity was off until after 4:00 p.m. It was a sunny day but the cats were busy napping and could not be convinced to wake up from their places for even a five minute pose. Still, after dinner I was itching to sketch and saw these two on the chair, one of the scenes I’d been wanting to catch.

I want to tell everyone that Jelly Bean was very b-a-d while I was sketching though he thought he was intensely funny and cute as usual. When I squatted down next to the table to sketch he moved on to the table right over his brothers and reached down from all angles to poke them when I wanted the boys to stay still—it was hard enough drawing them between all those spokes on the chair! When he got tired of poking his brothers he reached out and grabbed a paw full of my hair, a big mistake as small cats have gotten almost irretrievably tangled in it. And so he did when I said, loudly in a stern voice, “Jelly Bean!” and he couldn’t get his paw out fast enough. It’s a good thing I’m accustomed to pulling on my scalp from having tangled curly hair all my life and Jelly Bean got his paw back.

Somehow I managed to get this sketch done.

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