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Contour lines

When one’s mood is a bit off centre, contouring may help. It doesn’t help the mood, but it helps the drawing.

Stalking the cats with a pilot pen, just doing lines, not trying to achieve likeness, keeping the pen on the paper and the eyes on the subject. It helps a lot to loosen up.

Pilot pen, waterbrush in sketchbook.

…contouring the unwilling…

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20 responses

  1. Your kitty drawings have lots of personality. And I loved the cooked fish (a nice compliment to Jeanette’s raw ones!!)

    January 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm

  2. hfm

    With the chilly weather we are having here I would like to have one at my feet! Great!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm

  3. annie

    Well, your contours have put MY mood in great shape, Ronell. I love that face in the middle of the first sketch.
    Thanks.
    annie

    January 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  4. These are wonderful! I love them all!ÅÅÅÅÅÅFDC
    OOPS, That was MY cat typing!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  5. These are delightful, full of the essence of kitty. The poses are just right.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm

  6. I LOVE these drawings. Why don’t I ever remember to play with contour/blind contour drawings? Probably because mine don’t look anything like this!

    January 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm

  7. sandy

    Yes they do look a bit perturbed but you captured them anyway – Fun Post and your blind contour drawing whilst stalking is amazing!!

    January 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  8. Oh – I do like these. I do something similar with my cats insofar as they tend to be the only subjects I use indoors for blind contour drawings

    I love the use of the waterbrush with this.

    January 9, 2009 at 2:01 am

  9. Ooooh, I love your kitties, Ronell…AND your new banner, wow…

    January 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm

  10. caseytoussaint

    These are delightful!

    January 9, 2009 at 5:55 pm

  11. Some of those expressions are priceless, Ronell! They certainly don’t look willing – high dudgeon more like it but pure essence of cats.

    January 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm

  12. I agree–what a good exercise. These are wonderful! I need to do more of these.

    January 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm

  13. fabulous idea Ronnell. i like your use of the waterbrush too.

    January 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

  14. Catness captured in such a lively way.

    January 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm

  15. Wonderful! You do so much with so little…

    January 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm

  16. Thanks for visiting and the kind comments!
    ronell

    January 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm

  17. These are wonderful! It’s hard to feel grumpy when looking at contour cats!

    January 25, 2009 at 6:32 am

  18. Much more than contour. Your kits have lots of personality.

    January 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

  19. Goodness, I’ve been away too long. These have so much character – I love them! And I totally agree that contour drawing is a very good way of getting back into a calm state of mind and just learning to look and focus again. I often do some when my drawing has gone craggy and I’m feeling cranky.

    February 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

  20. Ah, Ronell, i agree the contour drawings may not improve the mood, but boy is their looseness so pleasing to the eye! I like this kitty series — you’re inspiring me to dive in and draw my Marvin.

    February 25, 2009 at 4:21 am

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