The Cat and the Fiddle

22″ x 28″


My kitten kept jumping up on my still life set ups, so I promised him he could be in my next one and this is the result!

The Cat and the Fiddle was quite a difficult drawing because in order to make the lamp look like it was emanating actual light I had to turn down the value of everything else. This meant that the white table cloth I was drawing had to be so much darker than it is in real life in order to give the correct contrast. This also made my value range very limited as I was only able to work pretty much with just dark grey and very dark grey! After a while of darkening and darkening some more, I ended up creating this illuminating illusion.