View Full Version : Sketching Amelie the cat and something more at home

08-13-2012, 02:32 PM
Sketching Amelie my cat at home is something very challenging. First of all is challenging because she is a cat, a furry family member. So it means that you are envy for her agility, for her white pure fur, for her sense of hearing, for her sense of sight even during the night, for her elegance and obviously for her pure evidence of intelligence. Ok, we love our cat.
But this time I catched the chance to make some sketching of the cat while sleeping at the sun. Our cat really loves to stare at the sun, sleeping like stone near the window, soaked of sun and superiority. And this time sketching was so interesting because like a pupil in front of the teacher I seated in front of her, trying to capturing the essence of her rest. Drawing her was like going into deep, I saw her for the first time in all these years sheís with us that she dreams! I donít know what and how she can dreams but she dreams, moving, having small tremors, rolling the eyes. Ok it just need a hint of dust to awake her but seeing her during all sketching is, I donít know how to say, but itís like understanding more. Sweet feline dreams oh my cat!
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So drawing this magnific feline animal was after lunch but on saturday I was also sketching almost during lunch, with a lot of joy of my wife. http://www.broworkshop.com/sketching/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif I was interested in our pasta cooking pan. Something that belongs you everyday. For this sketching I used to soak my small journal with vermillion red drawing ink of Winsor&Newton. Is something like india ink but colored. Very saturated, intense, and make ease to draw on with the fountain pens. And a bit of china marker on it. It wa also a nice exercise because I sketched almost without not seeing the paper. A right brain exercise. Here I also used some Stabilo Woody Pencils (http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Stabilo_Woody_Pencil.html) that are a kind of thick and waxy crayons that are worth to try.
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Following this mood I went also to sketch my great bottle of Noodlerís Bulletproof Black ink. That is one of my favorite of course. This time I used the Lamy Safari fountain pen plus some strokes of Pentel Fude Pen that is pigmented and even more black than the Noodlerís Ink.
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But I was sketching some more during the day even on my daily love journal. We are celebrating every day but even more every week about the joy of our small project growing. And that inspire me a lot, every day. So here another sample from my journal, that I sketched during the night while my love was relaxing.
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Se here she was still awake, but sometimes during the pregnancy the woman needs more sleeping. And can sleep even stand still. Or at least thatís whatís happening here at our houseÖ http://www.broworkshop.com/sketching/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif So, she left the awake place and I switched to another small journal. I sketched with Noodlerís Navy Blue (http://www.gouletpens.com/Noodler_s_Ink_Navy_p/n19038.htm) smearing with the water brush and just adding some crimson watercolor washes.

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Hope you will like them!

08-13-2012, 05:36 PM
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Joan T
08-13-2012, 09:18 PM
Your sketches of the cat are great! nice that she sleeps and poses for you. Love the sketch of the pasta pot, and that entry in your love journal is wonderful. That will be a treasure. When is the baby due?

08-13-2012, 09:41 PM
more great sketches, wow, you have been busy :) Love it. The white kitty is my favorite. I love, love white kitties. I had one for 16 years but lost him about seven years back and have not had another kitty since, just dogs.

08-14-2012, 04:02 AM
Thank you all! The baby is due end of January first days if February. Just knew... We dont know even the gender :)

08-14-2012, 05:06 AM
This is lovely.

08-26-2012, 11:14 PM
Enjoying your sketches a lot! Visited your sketchbook blog & am so jealous of your travels around Italy. It is the most beautiful place in Europe ( I lived 4 yrs in W. Germany way back when & visited Italy) I would love to return one day... but for now your nice sketches shall suffice!