I sometimes sketch objects I see, for practice and also it is fun. Occasionally one of the cats will sit still long enough to be sketched. Winston was still for ten minutes, just enough to sketch a lovely study of him in charcoal. It is a fast sketch, so not super precise, maybe even a bit primitive ? I worked to capture his soft shiny fur, the intelligent gaze he had while sitting for me, and his general character. I have done several such studies of him (and some also of Pookie...none of Maggie, she does not seem to want to sit for a sketch).
I liked doing his whiskers and fur in the charcoal and smearing it a bit gave it a softness that really looks like his coat. I added some notes about how I might develop this composition. In fact, I thought I might paint this up, but have not yet. I thought of doing his fur in indigo. He is a blue cat, after all. And he revels in his blueness. But in the end, charcoal seems to suit his impromptu portrait very well. I liked this particular sketch and had it framed up, even with scribbles I had put on the page. The title of this composition is "W".