Here’s another illustration from this quarter’s The Cat magazine about a young girl who fashioned a makeshift ramp for her new kittens to be able to climb up onto her bed. Super cute idea!
Right about now, those who regularly get The Cat magazine should be receiving their copies through the post and in it will be the illustration you see above. Well, eventually see after it’s all come together! Illustrating this piece was ace and perfect to show the process I went through. I’m rather fond of making process posts now!
If you would like a copy of The Cat magazine, details can be found here.
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.
The first work-related illustration I drew in 2013 was a tiled background as part of a larger project for Cats Protection. It’s not going to be used in this state so not to let this go to waste, you’re welcome to download (link below) and use at your leisure. But if you do then please consider making a small donation to CP via this link as it was drawn for them in the first place.
If you follow me on Twitter you would have probably seen this image take shape from pencils to ink, complete with my doubting its quality. Thankfully, after adding colour and setting up the scene, I’m actually really happy with the result, so that’s always a bonus!
You can see the article this image illustrates in the Winter edition of The Cat, out in a couple of weeks.
And I must apologise for being a bit slack with your requests due to my heavy workload at the moment but I will definitely be getting back to my Friday schedule very soon!
Today marks the second National Black Cat Day, where Cats Protection promotes black cats who are often unnecessarily ignored by would-be adopters. Why? Maybe superstition, the want for ‘prettier’ moggies or the negativity caused by popular culture. Whatever the reason, it’s completely pointless and this year’s campaign (more details can be found here) is asking for a show of support by getting people to take a photo of themselves sporting a black cat mask. My job was to illustrate a poster to promote such an ask.
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…
Question time! Anonymous asked:
Why don’t you make more illustrations instead of comic vignettes? They’re my favourites! I’m not saying you to replace them, just make some nice illustrations for us :)
Thank you, I’m glad my illustrations are so well received! I will try and post more of them in future. Part of the reason why I’m so receptive of questions is so I can make an illustration for an answer so one way to see more is to ask more questions! Either email me or click Ask.
The illustration above is part of a lengthy project I’ve been working on recently that will be live by the end of July. Keep an eye out for that, I’ll definitely be posting more about it around then as I’m pretty chuffed with the results.
Who comes first, your partner or your pet? In the latest issue of The Cat magazine that I’m currently working on, regular contributor John Walker writes about his recent marriage and how his wife now has to figure out the hierarchy of the house in which his cat, Dexter, is always on top. I’m rather chuffed with how the illustration came out, particularly the smug look on Dexter’s face.
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!
You may have already seen the animated gif I posted last week but this is the illustration from where the little padding puss originated. It was for an advert that asked readers to find a black cat among the many potential adopters and soon after became an online banner. Both of which were to promote today’s black cat awareness day - a project I’ve been involved with quite a bit hence all my recent posts about it!
If you’re not sick of me talking about it and own a black cat yourself, head on over to the official site and join in the merriment! I’ll stop going on about it now…
Cats Protection are in the midst of organising a big online social event to raise awareness of the often overlooked black cat and I was asked to produce artwork for banners and adverts. This little guy above can be seen on the official CP black cat page - that is if you can find him… And if you own a black cat, you can help be a part of the campaign too which kicks off next Thursday! Check out the official page for more info.
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.