Daily Sketch: Blue Cat, Green CatPosted: December 27, 2011
This is the other sketch from yesterday, a pencil with watercolor, following the color cues from yesterday’s colored pencil sketch with Mr. Sunshine in blue and Giuseppe in green as per their “kitten colors”. I find I still have to rely on a pencil sketch underneath a watercolor after I had sat there with a brush loaded with blue paint and just couldn’t touch it to the paper, in part because they never really quit moving until they are fast asleep. So I rinsed the brush and did a sketch, then worked the watercolor into it.
It’s just the boys hanging out together in my studio, plushy Mr. Sunshine curled pensively and pear-shaped Giuseppe curiously stretching to see something that was far up the wall.
You may see an odd blue glow around the figures and my signature, and also a bluish tone in Giuseppe’s lighter areas. Yesterday, my scanner didn’t capture this painting, neither did my camera. Watercolors are difficult because the color is transparent and a lens can actually focus right through it to the paper, as the scanner did, and even with my work lights in my studio the photo was too dark to lighten up and the colors were incorrect. A flash does not work for the same reason the scanner doesn’t—it shines right through the paint and I lose lighter areas and details in fine pencil lines. I needed nice, cool daylight—which was in sadly short supply today as it was dark and rainy all day. Still, aside from the bluish cast, the photo caught the details.
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