Two Black Cats: From A Year Ago Today

two black cats looking out a window

An Inspiration

The snowlight washing in the window inspired black and white images of the black cats last year. In fact, I have three dated January 4 but only posted one of them. I’ll save the other two for the next two days since I apparently didn’t post daily photos for at least January 6.

Mewsette and Giuseppe have a front row position to watch the great outdoors outside the big window otherwise known as Cat TV.

Their positions reminded me of a famous poster design, “A La Bodiniere”, by Théophile Steinlein, the painter, illustrator and Art Nouveau printmaker who helped set the standard for poster design and has been a great inspiration to me as both a graphic designer and a feline artist.

Steinlein was one of the most famous feline artists of any era, sketching and painting his cats all the time and incorporating their images into his designs. Easily recognizable among his designs are “Tournee du Chat Noir” and no doubt many people have seen “Clinique Chéron” hanging in their veterinarian’s office.

One of my favorite things to sit and study is a beat-up old copy of the Dover Art Library’s Steinlein Cats, showing me pages from his everyday sketchbooks of cats in charcoal, ink, watercolor, studies of paw and ears and noses, a momcat nursing her kittens, a little cartoon of a cat who spilled the milk; what a joy for me to share the inspirations of another artist so intimately.

So were Mewsette and Giuseppe posing for me as an inspiration? If they hadn’t been on my main sketchbook that may have worked, and when I got up to get my smaller sketchbook and drawing bag, they hopped up and came with me. My studio and office used to be integrated and drawing materials were here with my disks and computer paper; I have now installed a couple of sketchpads and drawing materials at my desk. I never know when it will happen.

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The Terrible Stepmonster!

two black cats looking down the steps

It's the Terrible Stepmonster!

I guess they have to do something to make their days more interesting.

Of course, knowing my steps, it could be that one of the clumps of loose cat hair, pastel dust and pencil shavings has become a living being and I should turn around and defend myself before it engulfs me. Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine may not be enough to save me.

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Daily Sketch: The Classic Pose

pencil sketch of cat bathing private areas

The Classic Pose, pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

I realized we don’t have a sketch of one of these. I realized it when I was trying to sketch Giuseppe sitting up and gracefully looking out the window and he kept turning around, flipping the leg in the air and bathing himself every time I tried to sketch him. Okay, I said, you’re going to regret this.

It’s much easier to capture the bath pose in pencil than in ink—obviously he moved enough several times that I had to adjust, but those little repositions can be worked into a pencil sketch, not so much the ink sketch.

He was so persistent I was a little concerned there might be a urinary issue, but everything came out fine a little later; I think he was just undecided—look out window—bath—both need to be done—what to do?

Now let’s see if he strikes this pose next time.

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