Saturday, August 05, 2006
Little Big Cat
Meet Little Big Cat! She's Big Little Cat's older sister or at least we think she is because she was the larger of the two when they first arrived at Mum's house. Now, although she's podgy, she looks slimline against her very greedy sister! She is everything that Big Little Cat isn't - quiet, unassuming, ladylike, gentle - in fact I get the impression when I smile and talk to her, she's going to say 'who me? You really want to talk to me?!' When you stroke her, her sister will butt in and push her away and Little Big Cat will go, assuming she's not wanted anymore. I'm very fond of her, she's such a sweet cat!
My brother sent me the photo of her to draw from and she was out in the back garden minding her own business. Even the way she sits with her paws together looks ladylike!
Notes/waffle on the drawing - in a word it would be 'aarrgh' or something like that! It was done with HB and B pencil and after I started it we were supposed to have visitors at the weekend. They had to cancel and I was left with lots of food. The meat went into the freezer but I had to get the recipe books out to think of imaginative ways to use up the veg! The good news is that it kick-started my love of cooking again (with no alcohol or pork in Kuwait, I got bored with trying to make chicken interesting). As there has been a break in the weather and Mark had some days off, we've been doing some of the jobs that needed doing around the house. So the bad news is I've had little time for drawing and trying to snatch moments to finish Little Big Cat has made me feel disconnected from it and it became a chore to finish. It felt heavy and over worked and now I'm eager to draw from life and keep it simple before I do more cats.
I thought it would be a good time to post these two quick sketches from my 'scribbles' sketchbook. Above is my favourite fushia. I tried to capture the beautiful colours of the bud and how they faded into one another. Sadly, it's not looking so good after the heatwave.
This one is a drawing of a white chocolate crispy bar that I've become addicted to! (I don't normally eat white chocolate but the combination of rice crispy bits and fudge is rather more-ish!) I've done a really bad job of the lettering but somehow I like the drawing. I thought it was too awful for the blog but Alex said he liked it so it mustn't be too bad! It was done with a Pigma pen but I'll try another with the Lamy Safari and see if there is a difference.