illustration friday: cats

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 26 Jan 2006 1:37 pm

cat spaz

Cat spaz!

In a lot of ways cats are the black hole of art, because most of their obvious qualities – grace, softness, poise – are present to such an extent that making art about it only makes it worse. It’s no coincidence that basically all the cats in popular culture ignore most of the attributes that make cats cats. They’re all graceless boors: Sylvester, Tom, Garfield, Bill, whoever. (Hobbes is about as debonair as they get, and he’s got some significant lumpy qualities, plus a few meta dimensions – and I’m not counting personalityectomies like the Pink Panther.) It’s an attempt to find something in these animals that we as humans can really relate to.

Oh and by the way I am a cat person. Dogs have different issues when it comes to drawing them, but they’re easier on the face of it, because most of their obvious qualities aren’t quite so unilaterally flattering.


  1. Comment by Anonymous — January 26, 2006 at 2:56 pm

    Hahhaaa – great cat spaz!! Tearing around the house at top speed and launching a frenzied attack on unsuspecting anythings! Bet the staring is fixedly at a blank wall or corner and not necessarily me!

  2. Comment by WillowGrace — January 26, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Great drawing! You captured exactly how cats can act when full of energy. Yea, Hobbes was a cool cat.

  3. Comment by Artsy Momma Chic — January 26, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    those eyes! Reminds me of my old cat when she was all psycho hopped up running around like a nut then stopping and looking at us before running off again!

  4. Comment by miss Trop — January 26, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    nice one !
    You’ve got the best of cat’s !! vivavity, hiding ability, and… look !! 😉
    I love this one…

  5. Comment by Toasty — February 2, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    I think you forgot about Chester Cheetah, that is one smooth (and cheesy) cat.

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