Daily Sketch: Colorful Kelly

watercolor of cat

Colorful Kelly, watercolor pencils © B.E. Kazmarski

So pretend the blue is black, as I discovered the set does not have a black pencil, but here is tortie Kelly sleeping on my desk. I don’t mind the blue because it’s a complement of orange, the other tortie color, even though the orange here looks like a dark red. But as long as she has the round green eyes and the big rounded ears, she’s my Kelly, and it’s a bonus that she has the little hind paw with the toes spread and the front paw curled so she can bathe it.

This is watercolor pencil again, more fun each time…if only my scanner had a better eye for blue.

The next morning…

I was unhappy with the colors in this—the blue was too purple and the orange was just too dark, no one was really seeing what I was seeing so as soon as the sun was bright enough I too the little painting outside to photograph in natural daylight. Compare for yourself and see if you can find the differences.

watercolor of tortoiseshell cat

Colorful Kelly (same painting, photographed instead of scanned), watercolor pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Watercolor is difficult because it’s transparent and when scanning, and even photographing, the light shines through it to the nearest opaque surface, which is the paper. Everything from ambient light in the room to anything else that’s in the shot or in the scan can influence the color balance.

And even with this, the sunlight was still too “warm” that early and the whites were a little shadowed; I could photograph it again later this afternoon and it would be different again.

Yikes! Sometimes I spend more time trying to get a good image of my little sketches than I spend actually creating them, but it’s all worth it. Colorful Kelly was very much worth all the effort since she was popular no matter the color balance, and I can see a lot of potential for her!

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21 Comments on “Daily Sketch: Colorful Kelly”

  1. […] Read more about Colorful Kelly from the day I posted it. I love these wide, plain white frames I found! The moment I saw them I knew they’d be perfect for these small simple and colorful paintings. Two Cats After van Gogh, framed digital print, 8" x 10" © B.E. Kazmarski […]

  2. […] Read more about Colorful Kelly from the day I posted it. I love these wide, plain white frames I found! The moment I  saw them I knew they’d be perfect for these small simple and colorful paintings. Two Cats After van Gogh, framed digital print, 8" x 10" © B.E. Kazmarski […]

  3. […] as deep and brilliant as the partial set I first experimented with in Colorful Cuddling Kitties and Colorful Kelly. Now that’s […]

  4. […] of my recent daily sketches, “Colorful Kelly” and “Mimi in the Middle”, brought in “likes” from everywhere, even a […]

  5. Chris Davis says:

    I love this one, Bernadette – very fanciful and free!

  6. Beautiful drawing, Bernadette! Cats come in many colors, but like us, the best colors are hidden until called out…

  7. I love this, Bernadette — the colors give it a wonderful folk-arty look.

  8. animalartist says:

    Now, what to do with Colorful Kelly?! notecards? a mug? summer tank top? The possibilities are endless, with this and so many other sketches.

  9. Well done sketch – so realistic!

  10. Vivid, vibrant color. Wonderful, fun and exciting to look at.

  11. Ingrid King says:

    I love this! You perfectly captured the expression on her face that I’ve come to know from your photos of her!

    • animalartist says:

      Ingrid, that’s why I wasn’t so concerned about using blue instead of black–color is relative and if the sketch works then it’s a success, though I did rephotograph this morning because the orange just wasn’t right!

  12. thibeaultda says:

    Kelly is beautiful in blue.


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