Stuck for something to draw quickly today, I ended up looking at our cat, Peat, curled up peacefully. Why not? He was in that deep afternoon slumber which usually means very little movement for quite some time. I decided to mix it up a bit by getting out my brown paper sketchbook, and working in ink.
For a while I’ve been thinking about putting some Indian ink into a waterbrush to see how I get on, and I finally acted on that. Getting the ink in was a bit of a trial (tips and tricks gratefully received – I don’t have a tiny funnel). I’d previously had water in the brush, and although I’d emptied and shaken it, it wasn’t really dry as I added the ink. This meant that for the first few minutes of sketching with the brush the ink came out rather dilute. Doh! But even that’s got it’s own character.
Peat’s a totally black cat, which gave me some challenges when trying to show the play of light on his fur, and his shape. The brown paper doesn’t take a lot of liquid before bleeding through, so in the end I didn’t get the blacks as dark as I’d have liked.
I tried a quick second sketch, intending just to do a line drawing, but made some poor decisions about how to show the rear haunch. This spurred creativity as I tried to fix it, and settled on going for an approach where anything less than 50% shaded I left uncoloured, and any area over 50% shaded became black. It’s produced quite a graphic feel, which I rather like.