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On The Drawing Board – Sammy

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3. sammy with bodySo many cats in the Middle East have a story to tell and Sammy is no exception. He was extremely lucky – or as his owner says, she was.

Sammy’s story (told by his owner)

I picked up Sammy at the vets’ office when his human brought him in to have him euthanized as he was leaving the country and couldn’t find anyone to take him. I  didn’t really want another cat but I couldn’t let him be euthanized. I also tried to find him a home but sadly no one wanted him. He turned out to be the best cat and I fell in love with him. He lived to be 17 years old and finally passed due to gradual kidney failure. His young original human ironically passed before Sammy of a drug overdose.

The first stage of Sammy.

The lighting is quite tricky on this one but am liking the power in his gaze in this initial sketch.

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Establishing all the basics.

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Have now got all the basics in place but am fighting a bit with the lighting. The dilemma is whether to darken all the front as in the photo or make it softer and more “logical”. I don’t think it would work well to darken all the front but finding an in-between solution is proving tricky. Will put it on the easel to study and analyse for a bit…

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So a few messages back and forth with Sammy’s owner and settled on what to do with the lighting issue, below is the scan of the end drawing.

I was pondering whether I should soften his expression slightly but his owner said no this was how he often looked at her, she said, I quote

” He told me everything with his eyes, he was a very deep and emotional cat and took about 6 months to decide if he wanted to be with us after his last owner wanted to dispose of him”. 

So I left that slightly uncertain look, which was clearly part of him and a reflection on what happened in his past – clever creatures cats, we have to earn their trust and respect.

 

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