Featured Artwork and February Desktop Calendar: Sally’s Profile
“Sally’s Profile” is an ink drawing from 1987, drawn from a photo I took in 1984! But it never grows old to me. I also like to feature black and white artwork in January or February, and while there’s a lot of competition in black and white art, this year I decided I liked the clarity and contrast.
This drawing is from my years of “practice”, before I considered myself an “artist”. It’s drawn in black ink using a Koh-i-noor rapidograph technical pen left over from college. I was so inspired by those photos of Sally, and at around that time the veterinary hospital where I took my cats and all my rescues had asked me about illustrating and designing a set of proprietary sympathy cards for cats and dogs. In the days before digital printing there was little way to easily reproduce halftone artwork, as photos are, so I told them the best idea for simple inexpensive cards, which was what they wanted, was line art drawings, and I already had a few ideas, this being one.
I had diligently gone about working out a style that was popular in the clip art books we used for the direct mail—okay, junk mail—ads we were designing at the time, using lots of dots and patterns to create tones and shapes. I had little control over my hands in drawing at that time, so I just slipped the photo under a piece of tracing paper and started inking it in. This is the result. I was pleased, and still like this little sketch. Sally’s profile was so specific, familiar, and so dear to me, the rest of it could be an aimless pattern but as long as I captured that nose and forehead I was happy.
When I initially shared this artwork here in 2013, I said, “Maybe someday I’ll actually do something with it! It’s not for lack of ideas…I’ve always pictured it as plain black and white, even with the black and white reversed. I’ve also pictured it as…get this…a Warhol-type screen print series. Stay tuned for more things.” Since then I’ve made a cabochon with this image, note cards and I’m planning a tile, and likely more.
And the veterinarian’s sympathy cards never happened (guess I was destined to create sympathy cards, though) but I saved all the artwork I created; you can read a little more about this project, as well as other early ink drawings, here.
Where to find this artwork
A New Member Thank You
Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “Sally’s Profile” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects.
The New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel painting “Sally’s Profile”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet paper. This print is 5 x 7 and matted to fit an 8 x 10 frame.
This print is only available as a new member gift during this month while it’s the featured artwork and desktop calendar, so make sure you sign up before the end of the month!
This month’s desktop calendar
I’ve worked this image into a desktop calendar for you to enjoy and use for the entire month.
If these sizes don’t work for your device, or if you have problems, please let me know. Often I can troubleshoot the reason an image won’t download or won’t load on your device, but if I just can’t figure it out I can just email it to you and hope that works.
How to download and use your desktop calendar
- Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
- For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
- For mobile devices, download the image to your gallery then choose it as your wallpaper—this is slightly different on all devices.
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Take a look at other featured artwork and desktop calendar posts.
Each month I feature a piece of feline artwork from the archives to the present day, discuss its history and process, and set it up as a free downloadable desktop calendar for just about every electronic device available.
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2 thoughts on “Featured Artwork and February Desktop Calendar: Sally’s Profile”
Thank you! I approached it with less than confidence, and I remember considering every single dot.