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Cat Igloo

11 Feb

I made this live drawing of a cat igloo I have. The cat has chewed it to bits (as he does with everything that is meant for cats –he likes to chew on things).

The initial sketch was a blind drawing of the contours. I needed approximately 15 minutes for this sketch.

Cat Igloo drawing

Here is a photo I made afterwards for comparison.

Cat Igloo photo

There are still some issues, but none that I’m too concerned about.

That is all.

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Sleeping cat

11 Feb

I was looking for a subject to draw blind. After having drawn my cup of coffee, I saw my cat lying fast asleep on the couch. Quickly, yet carefully not to wake the cat, I rolled my office chair towards it . Soon I was busy drawing comfortably perched on the chair.

As expected, the first contour sketches were not particularly exact, though the lines were lively enough.

Sleeping Cat - Drawn blind

Then I decided to draw a contour sketch on a blank piece of paper, and use it to draw a more detailed sketch of the cat.

Sleeping cat

I needed approximately 20 minutes for this sketch. I had a bit of luck, because soon after I had completed the sketch, the cat turned its head. I like it when my subject cooperates, even if my subject is deep asleep.

That is all.

Drawing Blind 001

11 Feb

The next self-assignment I have given myself on the basis of the text in chapter 1 of “Keys to Drawing” by Bert Dodson, is to draw blind. That means to draw without looking at your drawing, only at your subject.

As Dodson writes, this often sacrifices some of the accuracy, in favor of a more lively line. You can clearly see that the human eye favors height over width, because the plush lion is to “skinny”.

It is probably also the reason why I’m having such problems with drawing the right proportions of my subject. I need to practice this more to overcome this natural tendency and learn myself to draw what I see, instead of what my mind tells me what I see.

Drawing Blind 001

The drawing is not from the photo, but from direct observation. I took the photo after I drew the outline, to be able to compare what I drew and what the object looked like.

That is all.