Sketchbook Memory

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Mixed-media sketchbook pages using graphite, collage, acrylic, and latex.

Mixed-media sketchbook pages using graphite, collage, acrylic, and latex.

I recently said goodbye to my sweet cat, Emily. She was my constant cat friend for 18 years. Emily was also a convenient model and became the subject of many drawings and paintings over the years. Right after she passed away, I came across these preparatory works that were originally studies for paintings, so I decided to collage them into my sketchbook. The drawings were a bit smudged and faded, like a memory. I decided on a mixed-media approach to further emphasize the fleetingness of time, and to also reflect my emotional response to losing Emily. The paint is acrylic and latex, and the drawings are adhered and layered with acrylic and glaze medium. I was trying to capture the essence of our time without overthinking the process.

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