Keeping it Simple

Pencil sketch of a cat

I did this pencil sketch of Matilda the cat late on Saturday evening using a photo on my phone for reference. A lot of the time I draw in pen and don’t use pencil very often. With this drawing my plan was to start with pencil (because I was too nervous to go straight in with a pen) and go over it with ink and maybe some colour later on.

I came back to it yesterday, tidied up the edges a little bit and then decided to leave it at that. I decided that I liked it as it was and there was a risk of it becoming too harsh if I started to mess around with it too much.

What wasn’t simple about this though was getting the image onto the computer. I scanned it which of course made it so bright that the drawing was barely visible so I went with a photograph. It took a few attempts to get it to look OK and I decided I could live with the greyish, darker background if it meant that the pencil lines showed up OK.

5 thoughts on “Keeping it Simple

  1. shirley levine Reply

    A beautiful, delicate drawing!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks Shirley. I think I was worried about losing that quality if I’d kept working on it.

  2. jenna Reply

    Matilda looks very sweet and fuzzy 🙂
    Scanning drawings is always so difficult. So is photographing them.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      You’re right Jenna (on all counts :)). I’m usually happy to go with what the scanner gives me but that didn’t work this time. Even though I take a lot of photographs, photographing a drawing always seems so much more difficult than most other things I snap!

  3. Joy @ Joyfully Green Reply

    It’s beautiful, Cathryn, as your work always is. And it was lovely to see something completely different from you, as I’ve grown so fond of your artwork drawn in pens. Good choice to keep this one soft and simple.

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