Daily Sketch: Uneasy Truce

sketch of two cats passing each other
Uneasy Truce, charcoal pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Kelly had been enjoying catnip (again) and bathing by the sunny back door, and Mimi wanted to join her. Kelly was fine with this at first, then Mimi moved a little closer and Kelly got nervous so they essentially traded places.

Of course, no one but me would know who this is or that one of the cats is tortoiseshell Kelly. I didn’t even add her facial detail because her face was entirely in shadow, but even that was difficult to catch as every new view I tried as the cats walked around and I stood in the same position in relation to them their faces were different.

For me, it was a lot of interesting and difficult angles as I tried to capture their placement in the moment, then flesh them out later; I had to do a good bit of study after the fact. Often I take a photo of my subject but I only have two hands and if one is holding the sketchbook and the other is sketching, the moment goes by.


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