ART BYTE – FELIS CATUS

Deanna Williamson, Meeps Contemplating, 6 x 4, pencil drawing, 2017, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Meeps Contemplating, 6 x 4, pencil drawing, 2017

Cats are wonderful models because they mostly ignore you and remain as they are when you walk up with a camera or sketch book.  Meeps is my daughter’s cat that came to live with me when she moved across the country. I was reluctant to take him at first because we’d just lost an elderly cat and I didn’t want to get involved with another so soon. However, he quickly stole my heart and has been a great source of ideas for artwork.  Like a born model he tends to pick sitting areas with great lighting.

Deanna Williamson, Meeps With Shadow, 6 x 4, pencil drawing, 2017, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Meeps With Shadow, 6 x 4, pencil drawing, 2017
Deanna Williamson, Meeps, 5" x 7", acrylic on canvas, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Meeps, 5″ x 7″, acrylic on canvas, 2016

This painting is from a previous post.

ART BYTE 9 – PENCIL SHADING

Deanna Williamson, Maddy's Minnie in the Box, 8" x 6", pencil drawing, 5-21-16
Deanna Williamson, Maddy’s Minnie in the Box, 8″ x 6″, pencil drawing, 5-21-16

Recently, while visiting family out of town, I decided to take a break from painting and do some detailed pencil drawing. I was inspired by several objects lying around the house that would lend themselves to some interesting value studies – aka chiaroscuro. The Minnie in the Box was the first one. I worked under a sky light with a Paper Mate® mechanical pencil which has a nice soft lead.

Deanna Williamson, Maddy's Boot, 8" x 6", pencil on paper, 5-23-16
Deanna Williamson, Maddy’s Boot, 8″ x 6″, pencil on paper, 5-23-16

This is actually a child’s boot but I made the toe a bit too sharp so it may just look like a lady’s boot with a really wide top.

Deanna Williamson, Picture Frame with Maddy, 8"x 6", pencil drawing, 5-23-16
Deanna Williamson, Picture Frame with Maddy, 8″x 6″, pencil drawing, 5-23-16

I was fascinated with the curves and hollows on this picture frame but decided there were too many of them to do the whole thing – hence the interesting composition. ☺