Daily Sketch: Kelly Ball

sketch of tortoiseshell cat on papers

Kelly Ball, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Kelly has been sleeping a little more comfortably on my desk, right on top of everything. And there’s a lot there to sleep on.

But she has a totally endearing habit of rolling herself up into an ever-tighter ball of tortie spots with her legs all tangled and her tail twisted in there and her head turned sideways or upside down. Cutest of all, which you sadly can’t hear in her sketch, is how she talks to herself and to me, making little happy Kelly sounds, chirps and soft mmmrrrrrrrs, now and then a real meow.

And I nearly always take a reference photo even of my sketch subjects. In this case, I knew she wasn’t going to hold the post for too long so I could work from the photo, and in some other cases I might want to use the reference photo for something more finished at another time. It never hurts to have more photos of cats around.

Colored pencil again; it’s become a convenient way to use color with shadings I can’t get in marker and I don’t have to worry about the mess of chalk or oil pastel, and now special paper for watercolor. I’ve never felt I handled colored pencil well, but after all these sketches of my cats I fell much more confident about them.

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4 Comments on “Daily Sketch: Kelly Ball”

  1. Jody Vernay says:

    I really like this one!!

  2. CATachresis says:

    The Fibonacci spiral! I did a blog post once which showed Austin proving the theory. I love the colours on this once again. x

    • animalartist says:

      Carolyn, Fibonacci had a cat! If Kelly didn’t scramble up her long legs and tail she’d be a perfect spiral, but now and then I see a leg sticking up out of the spiral at an impossible angle. As long as she’s purring, I’m not worried.

      But Kelly visits Narnia through the closet in my office too; she’s a very magical kitty…


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