Daily Sketch: Mimi in the Middle

four colored cat shapes

Mimi in the Middle, marker © B.E. Kazmarski

This is the final version of what the four cats were doing on the box today. After the pose for a portrait, Mimi bath and using Mr. Sunshine as a pillow, Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette and Jelly Bean had settled into sleeping balls on the box. Mimi had tried to settle down behind them, but there just wasn’t enough space, even for a little kitty like her.

And a little kitty like her would hardly be noticed if she…walked on her children and settled down where she was comfortable. None of them even flinched. All settled in for a nice colorful nap.

This is the fun thing about working with four black cats. It began as a pencil sketch because I liked their shapes, but it was difficult to distinguish them in pencil. I can tell them apart by details you can see—if you can see details. But in these sketches you really can’t, so I decided to devise a way to tell them apart and used the colors I associate with each of them, the yellow-orange for Mr. Sunshine, purple for Mimi, magenta in this sketch instead of red for Mewsette, and a light green for Bean. Giuseppe Verdi is usually green, but Bean is green as well, and more of the mint green of the bathroom. Mewsette is typically red, but in this case the magenta came in handy.


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6 Comments on “Daily Sketch: Mimi in the Middle”

  1. […] A few people remarked that the kitties in this sketch remind them of Easter eggs. Yes, bright colors and shapes, they certainly do! I first posted this at the beginning of march and I was thinking spring flowers when I looked at it, but just for today, they’ve been hand-colored by the Easter bunny! Read the original post, “Mimi in the Middle”. […]

  2. […] of my recent daily sketches, “Colorful Kelly” and “Mimi in the Middle”, brought in “likes” from everywhere, even a non-reader who just happened to be in my […]

  3. sonia smart says:

    Love it.

  4. CATachresis says:

    What a brilliant idea to identify them by their metaphysical colour as perceived by you! Would make a great tee shirt 🙂

    • animalartist says:

      Carolyn, it’s another case of a sketch I wasn’t pleased with and everyone else likes it. I have another in a similar style and I was discussing with a friend the possibility of products for this and others including not only shirts and textiles, but also coasters and ceramic trivets. My head spins! But it’s so exciting.

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