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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Murry x 2, plus Sput and me


It was the kind of day -- meetings and office party things from early to late -- that made it very difficult to sit quietly and sketch strangers.

So once home, I grabbed a pad and pen and sketched the happenstance models at hand -- Sputnik and Murry and me. (Kizmet and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, our other two cats, were inconveniently out of the easy line of sight.)

And based on A Fave Reader's humble off-line request, I'm posting sketches and photos separately, to make it easier to comment on one or the other.

7 comments:

Lee said...

sketching is my favorite way to unwind...usually accompanied by a Shiner or two ;)

refugeefromreason said...

I like Murry, he smokes...

raindog said...

so, i guess it not just my pets that gaze up with that 'won't you please look at me' stare. the second one has a kind of snapshot before the actual sketch feel. cool.

MB said...

These are great! But the cat does upstage Murry in the first one! ;-)

Dave said...

These are good, but I think you should've pulled back a little farther in the second one and included the back of your own head, too.

Lori Witzel said...

Hey everyone -- thanks for stopping by!

Lee: Ah, I wish I could unwind by sketching. The beer idea? For me it would sort of be like when I used to watch musician friends practice -- the more they drank/smoked, the more time they spent tuning and changing strings and the less time they spent playing...

Ref: Yes, early and often. There are times he reminds me of a dragon traveling in the guise of a large Texan.

Raindog: I think they send cats and dogs to some invisible dream-school to learn these things. Sput is a "daddy's girl" kind of cat, and Mur resists the charming mooching as much as he can...

MB: If you only knew. We call her Sputnik because (a) Murry always wanted to name a cat Sputnik, and (b) she's always flying around. Sputtie has trained Murry to give her a cat treat when she rubs on my foot, then turns to him making that "stinky smell" cat face. Ah, those family traditions...

Dave: You made me bust out laughing with that comment...and then I thought "Dang...there's an idea!" Just have to practice the my out-of-body skills, am a bit rusty. ;-)

neilornstein said...

Merry Christmas, Lori, nice sketches. A non- smoker myself I love to draw people smoking. Reminds me of a poem by Beadelaire about a cigar illustrated by Monet. I will find the link and send it to you.
Regards, neilornstein