In the next few days the latest issue of The Cat magazine should be winging its way to subscribers and inside you’ll find this piece from me. It’s a story about an acrobatic cat who was described as having parkour-like abilities. If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen some work in progress images where the cat kind of looked like he was pooping rather than jumping…
I’ve been doing a lot more digital illustration recently so thought I’d record from the (almost) start to completion. The image was for an article in Cats Protection’s The Cat magazine about the importance of microchipping. Apologies for the slightly dodgy recording but I think the screen capture was set to zoom or something.
I’ve been either incredibly busy or knackered this week so was unable to illustrate a request unfortunately but so not to miss an update, here’s a piece from the latest issue of The Cat magazine, Cats Protection’s quarterly publication that I regularly work on. It’s about a family which mainly comprises of cats so I went with a family tree theme but using an olive branch since the couple produce their own olive oil. Well, not exactly their ‘own’ but you know what I mean…
Here’s a piece from the latest issue of The Cat magazine in which a cat called Elmo is remembered for number of things including being a fetching scarf for his owner. I had a cat who liked to sit around my neck too which I thought was very cute. His ascent to my neck by clawing up my back wasn’t so cute however…
The price of vet bills can be horrendous if the unthinkable happens. A reader submitted article was published in a recent issue of The Cat magazine covering this subject. The illustration above is actually a pre-edited version as it still contains the contents of the cat’s stomach, something I was asked to remove just in case it was over the line!
Here’s another piece from the Autumn edition of The Cat magazine for an article covering the runners up of CP’s writing competition. Written by Louise Treleaven, Who Killed King Rat? poetically tells the tale of a rather large rodent who met his demise by a surprising adversary.
The Autumn issue of The Cat magazine should now be on coffee tables across the nation and in this issue’s Making Memories section, one reader regales CP with the story of Harry who loved to spend time in allotments, chasing foxes and enjoying the sun. I’m not sure whether Harry would have posed so perfectly among the vegetables like how I’ve drawn him but it made for a nice image regardless.
P.s. Click on the image if you’d like to see it larger.
In case you missed yesterday’s stage by stage process of one of my projects on Twitter, I’ve posted all three plus the final version above. I actually had to redraw the cat after painting him ginger when in fact he was black! I also made him salute, just for kicks. The story is from Autumn’s The Cat magazine about Fort McAllister during the American Civil War. According to legend, a large cat took residence in the Fort and was loved by all the garrison. Tom, as he was known, bravely dodged bullets and cannons which peppered the southern stronghold until one unfortunate day where his luck ran out.
If I’m honest, it felt a little weird drawing a cat in such attire especially with the potential negative connotations it has but despite the loyalty depicted in this image, I’m sure Tom was just pleased to be somewhere that fed him!
The first lady of tech, Suzi Perry, appears in the Summer issue of The Cat magazine where she’s interviewed about her cat Gingi. Suzi spoke of how Gingi was a stray who just turned up at her house one day and decided to stay but acts more like a dog than he does a cat! I thought this was an interesting idea to illustrate.
Summer’s issue of The Cat magazine has a story submitted by reader Mandy about her cat, Sooty. She reveals how her little black friend was similar to a 3D silhouette due to his lack of expressions which made figuring him out quite tricky. But after a while it clicked and the usual cat-owner telepathy kicked in meaning she went from mother to doorman!
I did an illustration for an article in The Cat magazine about whether cats can be reincarnations of former moggys. Bit of a strange one I have to admit but quite a fascinating subject nonetheless and one that allowed me to draw a cat in a top hat. It doesn’t get better than that!
Here’s a peek into the next issue of The Cat magazine (Summer) which I’m currently working on as part of my day job. This illustration comes from the Coffee Paws section and is for a story about a cat and dog partnership with a surprising twist. Whereas dogs are usually the chosen animal to help the blind, in this case it was a cat who helped a blind dog get around! How sweet!
Cats can be all manner of things to all manner of people but one thing they undoubtedly bring is a little bit of happiness into the lives of the elderly. Maggie Stoker’s cat Barney became part of a scheme called Pets as Therapy and visited a local nursing home where he helped residents to relax and most importantly, spread some joy throughout the home.
This illustration is actually part of the same article Hellboy came from in The Cat about famous characters who either love or hate cats. The muscle-bound red hero may have adored cats but famously, Ricky Hatton is terrified of them! Being a boxer, I knew exactly how I should draw Hatton’s phobia…
I know what you’re thinking, poor little cat but fear not, this oil-dipped moggy had a happy ending. It was drawn for an article about a cat who appeared in the garden of a CP supporter looking like he had been dipped in oil. Thankfully, not in the literal sense but still the feisty feline needed a good clean! After some time the cat warmed to the humans he stumbled upon and is now part of a loving family. See? Told you it was a happy ending!