Daily Sketch: Boyz at Play 2

sketch of three cats

Boyz at Play, purple gel pen © B.E. Kazmarski

Quite the play session, though I don’t know what the object was, perhaps a tiny spider since they’ve been appearing as the spring progresses. Jelly Bean is in front pouncing, his tail straight up in the air with that little bend near the top. Giuseppe needs to be the center of everything as an opera star should be, and tries to angle around Bean for a swat at whatever it is. Mr. Sunshine hangs in the background waiting for whatever it is to come his way and he’ll show it who’s boss. The three were on the table in front of the window.

Purple gel pen because that was what I grabbed when I wanted to sketch. Why not?

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Daily Sketch: Curled on the Bed

pencil sketch of three cats curled on bed

Curled on the Bed, pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

What else to do on a lovely sunny afternoon but curl up in the sun on the bed? Well, some of us have to work, but kitties need their beauty sleep. They gave me a break from the computer when I decided they’d be today’s subject.

This was just as much about capturing all three, each of whom moved enough that they needed extra sketching, as it was about the bedding. I enjoyed the challenge of depicting the pattern on the postage-stamp quilt, each little square with its own pattern and color and the squares arranged in a repeating geometric pattern, as well as the pillow shams with the ruffled eyelet edging. How to render the details in pencil when much depends on color, and how much detail is just enough without drawing every little eyelet opening and every flower and line on each square? Very fun to let my hands figure it out without overthinking it, which is how I end up overdoing it.

I added a little more shading to Mimi, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine since they are black, and I also liked their contrast against the quilt.

I love this particular vintage quilt because I love handmade things, and I use it as much for the background in photos and eventually paintings as just to enjoy its springtime feel. But I have to be careful with it and soon it will be gently soaked in the washer and dried outside in the shade on a warm sunny day to be put away for another spring.

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Catnip Party: 2011

three cats with catnip toy

The Girls Have a Catnip Party

Three of the girls organize an impromptu catnip party on the sunny landing. Actually, Cookie was enjoying the catnip candy cane first, and was joined by Mimi and Mewsette to take turns biting, licking and rubbing their faces on the upstairs catnip candy cane.

tortie cat with catnip toy

Cookie enjoys the catnip on the sunny landing.

black cat and tortoiseshell cat with catnip toy

Surely no one would notice Mewsette easing in for her 'nip.

It remained peaceful and amiable until Cookie, who started the party, decided to end it by pulling the toy away from Mimi and Mewsette and getting her nip’s worth. Cookie can take on two cats, one who is more than twice her size and 16 years her junior. I thought it was magnanimous of her to allow them to party with her in the first place.

tortoiseshell cat with catnip toy

Don't even think of touching that catnip toy.

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Daily Sketch: Colorful Cuddling Kitties

colored pencil sketch of three cats sleeping

Colorful Cuddling Kitties, watercolor pencil (before the water) © B.E. Kazmarski

Giuseppe at the top, Bean, left and Mimi, right, the three are cuddled on a fleece bed.

I finally found my watercolor pencils, or colored pencils with leads made of compressed watercolor; could not purchase another set while there was still one in the house, a very old one from some donated art supplies or an estate sale.

So it’s really easy to sketch cats while they are sleeping because they aren’t moving too much—though you’d be surprised how much they actually do move. I used as many colors as I could just to try them all, each cat a different color and different outline, the bed (which is actually like a cerise, light yellow-green, but didn’t scan that way). One thing I learned, looking at the right side of the drawing, is that the “lead” isn’t as hard as regular colored pencil and actually smeared when I moved it around a little bit on the platen to scan it.

Anyway, take a good look at “Colorful Cuddling Kitties” above because that’s the only version you’ll see that looks like that. I got my brushes and some water and painted it over the pencil lines, seen below.

watercolor of three cats sleeping

Colorful Cuddling Kitties, watercolor pencil with washes © B.E. Kazmarski

Cool! The pencil works up right away, except for the purple, who knows why, but I like how it held the outlines where I used it. Colors are nice and bright and this could be more convenient to carry “into the field” than a little tray of watercolors; I can either do the sketch and bring it home to finish if I’m not carrying usable water or brushes with me, or I can use it right there. Much easier to use on the little 5″ x 7″ watercolor pad I carry too.

I can do that around the house too. Think I’ll play around with it this week.

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Daily Sketch: Pink Blue Green

sketch of three cats in color

Pink Blue Green.

Three cats, once again on my studio floor, Mimi, JellyBean and Giuseppe. This is entirely in marker, all brush-tip markers. I’m growing accustomed to drawing lines with these instead of my crow-quill points, and I appreciate not needing to keep track of a bottle of ink while I’m standing and doing a quick sketch. I will soon enough do a sketch in the crow-quill so you can see the difference.

And I had a dream that I took the cap off the black marker and it was all worn down with no brush tip left at all, which is what I usually do with markers—really I did.

But I’m not happy when a brand new package of markers has a few that are already a little dried out and come out darker than they should. Well, it’s a sketch, not a masterpiece!

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Daily Sketch: Colorful Cuddle Puddle

Three cats together in three colors

Colorful Cuddle Puddle, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette,  Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe cuddle on the floor of my studio. It’s hard enough to distinguish them in real life, let alone in a sketch, so I did each of them in a different color. The colors relate to something from when they were kittens—they were all so much alike, aside from Jelly Bean with his white spots, and I felt the need to tell them apart, so I added a fingerprint of tempera paint to their left ear, one color per kitten, the same every day. Mewsette was the red kitty by default, Mr. Sunshine was the yellow kitty for obvious reasons, and Giuseppe was by chance the green kitty though this resulted in his full name, Giuseppe Verdi, opera composer, or Joe Green in English. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good golden yellow deep enough to carry a drawing, so I used turquoise for Mr. Sunshine for this one.

I’m glad I did two sketches today. I had initially done a little watercolor but it was neither scanning nor photographing well so it will have to wait for tomorrow or another day.

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Daily Sketch: Trzy Koty

conte sketch of three cats

Trzy Koty, conté crayon © B.E. Kazmarski

Cookie, Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine watch the evening fall on Christmas Eve.

Sketched in red conté for the holiday!

“Trzy koty” is Polish for “three cats”.

Hope you have a very merry holiday season, whichever and however you are celebrating!

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Daily Sketch: Dinnertime!

pencil sketch of three cats eating

Dinnertime!, pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

It’s Kelly, Mimi and Cookie enjoying dinner. No time for a sketch this morning, the usual time for sketches as warm-ups, but I knew I’d be gone all day, hoping I could get one later.

I knew I wanted to get this one, but also knew I’d have a limited time since they get their bowls before the young animals do and the three girls don’t waste any time once they get to it. I had my sketchbook and pencil on the sink and as soon as I set down the bowls for the kids I got right to the sketch.

This sketch is available for sale in my Etsy shop. Why this one and a few others, but not all of them? See below.

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Catnip Party

three cats with catnip toy

The Girls Have a Catnip Party

Three of the girls organize an impromptu catnip party on the sunny landing. Cookie, Mimi and Mewsette take turns biting, licking and rubbing their faces on the upstairs catnip candy cane.

It remained peaceful and amiable until Cookie, who started the party, decided to end it by pulling the toy away from Mimi and giving Mewsette a little shove and a glare. Trust a tortie to take on a cat who is more than twice her size and 16 years her junior. I thought it was magnanimous of her to allow them to party with her in the first place.


We’re Glad Christmas is Here

three cats with craft items

I have worn them out.

But not for all the goodies we get—mom totally wore us out! Up all night at the computer, in the studio, making this, painting that, crocheting the other. We’re just exhausted.

So last night I actually decided to “start” on a few gifts…haven’t had a whole lot of time for that! I totally trashed my bed with trinkets and lost jewelry and yarn and whatnot. Mr. Sunshine, Cookie and Mimi tried to keep up with me, but gave up.

I don’t usually work on projects in my bedroom, but I’ve spent long nights in my other two work rooms and even in the kitchen, so I decided to take a break and get a new perspective. Since soft, cozy sleeping spots are less numerous in the other rooms, the household heartily accompanied me. By the time I was done I had all seven on the bed with me. No picture of that, though!