"Three Cats", pencil, 12/3/11 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Daily Sketches

Practice, man, practice. I’m not going to Carnegie Hall, but nonetheless all creative people need to practice their skills regularly, and that includes artists.

You’ve all seen my finished artwork, now here is a chance to see the underpinnings of that—the humble, simple sketch.

Above is the very first of my daily sketches of my cats, done in pencil on drawing paper entitled Three Cats, signed and dated 12/3/11 showing three of my kitties curled together on the bed. I could picture this one as soon as I saw them, and it was all I could to to sneak soundlessly away so I didn’t wake them to get my drawing pencil and pad.

"Magic Carpet"

“Magic Carpet”

The daily sketch is a simple, quick impression of an everyday occurrence, in real time. The promise is for me to do a little bit of art each day. Not trying to create a masterpiece each sketch is to take no more than 15 minutes and be done from life, not from photos, so that I have the challenge of thinking, literally, on my feet, let myself visualize render it in the medium I choose. I’ve seen myself grow into new styles and new media and developed confidence with media where I felt I had little skill. And when I approach another work, whether done from photographs or from life, I approach that with more confidence as well.

Read more about my Daily Sketches in The Artist’s Life: Daily Sketches.

Click here to see other daily sketches and read the story of these sketches and others on The Creative Cat.

I have also compiled my sketches and other feline artwork into a book of just images called Feline Style Sampler. Find it on the Books page.

Below is a gallery of daily sketches so you can see the variety of style and color and shape and line and all the fun I have with my family of rescued mostly black cats.

Purchasing sketches, prints and gift items

Many daily sketches have ended up in my “Feline Artwork” gallery, and someday no doubt many of these will find their way there as well.

It’s impossible for me to list every single piece of artwork I create so in addition to the more popular daily sketches I offer as prints and greeting cards, I’ve also created a gallery of daily sketches that don’t have a listing in any other gallery on Portraits of Animals.

Daily Sketches available as originals and prints

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Other Daily Sketches

If you are interested in purchasing an original, print, notecard or greeting card of one of the images below, please email me with your interest. That’s sometimes how I decide to offer a daily sketch. I’ll set up a listing for your product so you can purchase through the shopping cart, and others can too.

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