Daily Sketch: Kitty’s Sleeping

conte sketch of cat sleeping

Kitty's Sleeping, red and brown conté © B.E. Kazmarski

Kelly is beginning to drip off the edge of the book case she’s chosen as her current daily sleeping spot. I’m not sure why she chooses an exposed and uncomfortable spot like this—at least, that’s my perception. Still, clinging to the corner of a tall cabinet can’t be relaxing, yet she falls asleep and I find all sorts of limbs hanging down.

In this case, she is curled and relaxed and falling apart just a little.

“Kitty’s sleeping” is something we said to children to help keep them quiet.


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5 Comments on “Daily Sketch: Kitty’s Sleeping”

  1. Chris Davis says:

    I love the tuck of Kelly’s head. I’ve been meaning to ask – how do you choose the colors for your sketches?

    • animalartist says:

      Chris, Kelly has the most interesting sleeping positions, she has to do something with those long legs.

      Chris, it’s kind of a long answer, but the short answer is color is usually chosen by what medium I choose and what I want to emphasize about the scene, and I like to use non-representational color now and then just to make myself think outside the box. Sketches only take me two or three minutes with rare exceptions because I limit my scope intentionally. I usually make my choices by looking at the scene and visualizing what I want to convey about the scene–obviously they all start out as real cats in full color, but sometimes it’s the scene itself or something specific about a detail, like an expression or physical feature, ears for instance. In the case of the daily sketches that involves what type of “line” would best capture the scene. I pictured this first in pencil because I could see the strong shapes her body made and of course that would be monochromatic and mostly just an outline. But then I wanted to capture Kelly’s coloring which would mean filling in the shape, which I usually don’t do with pencil and decided on the conté because I have several colors (though I forgot I did not have black in that set)and I like the ability to use both hard lines for outlines and soft shading.

      It took me longer to explain than it does to decide, and there’s even more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it!

  2. CATachresis says:

    There is no accounting for cats. They sleep where they sleep and nap where they nap!! Lovely sketch 🙂

    • animalartist says:

      Carolyn, I had a cat who used to sleep draped over the telephone. I don’t think he was waiting for a call, I think the table where it sat was a nice place to nap, and to hell with anything that was already on it.

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