Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Wood and Cardboard and Cat, 2013

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“Wood and Cardboard and Cat”, black and white charcoal pencil on toned paper, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Jelly Bean settled down for a nap on the beat-up piece of corrugated cardboard they are still torturing on the landing. The light was muted coming in the window, and the corrugated and the floor were just about the same color in that light, just different textures (you can also see this in today’s photo of Mimi playing though the lighting is a little different). I hadn’t intended to do a sketch right then, or to spend as long as I did on this one, 15 minutes, but all those tones with Bean’s shape and shadow were just too enticing.

This is black and white charcoal pencil on kraft-toned drawing paper. Bean had at first been crouched with his elbows in the air which was a slightly more interesting shape with more detail, but by the time I decided to sketch him he had gotten to Step 3 of his morning nap, Step 1 being a having a bath sitting up in the chosen nap spot, Step 2 being crouch in the nap spot to check for air currents and lighting, Step 3 being getting into a loaf position in the nap spot, and there was no turning back. I knew I had eight to ten minutes before he moved to Step 4, which was to sag over onto one side and curl paws but with head still upright. I did manage to get most of him before the mail came downstairs and everyone got up and ran down to look at the mail delivery person, and he never got to Step 5, which is to stretch out on his side and lay his head on his paws, or Step 6, which is to curl in a ball and turn his head at least sideways, if not upside down.

After checking the mail I put a little more work into defining the corrugations of the cardboard, even without Bean.

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What else was I sketching on this date?

"Together", brush marker, 8" x 6" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Together”, brush marker, 8″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mimi took my seat in the studio, then Bean settled on the seat with her. They were curled almost like yin and yang but not quite, since yin was so much smaller. But still I could see the flow of shapes between them. I like a nice single varied line, just couldn’t decide what to do with Bean’s ear! I think with another try I might lift my pen there and skip that part of the line. Maybe next time.

Shortly after I finished this, Mr. Sunshine thought the party looked like so much fun that he joined it, and Mimi left. Now there is a totally different dynamic on the chair! Maybe another day I’ll catch them.

 

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“A Vigilant Nap”, black and white charcoal pencils on gray toned paper, 4.5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

It’s a sweet memory of the very first time two formerly feral fosters braved the first floor of the house. Bella and Basil, respectively, are finally having some time on the first floor after thoroughly inspecting the second floor. They did need to be coaxed down by me and Bean, but after a few times of running up and down the steps they were exploring, little by little, sometimes together, most times not, then eventually playing.

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