The Big Book of Cats is a weekly illustration project. In 1998, I was 11 years old and decided to make a 200 page encyclopedia of anthropomorphic cat girls. I’ve made a vow to honor this horrific piece of literature and redraw every cat girl and post a new drawing along with the original for the internet’s amusement. Want to know more? Read my official introduction here and check out all the drawings so far here!
You’re welcome and I’m so so sorry.
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I feel like Ashley is a representation of what I wished I looked like at the time. Still a nerdy school girl, but cuter and bit more put-together. And cat-like. I did go through a phase where I thought braces were pretty cool.
What I find really interesting here is her clearly Japanese school girl inspired top… I was like, 10. This was right before my gigantic obsession with Pokemon, which lead to my teenage obsession with anime and any and all things Japanese, so I don’t really know how that look was already on my radar. A sign of obsessions to come? Had Japanese culture already permeated my little brain? Samurai Pizza Cats, maybe? Anyone?
Ashley wants to seem all bookish and smart, but sometimes she’s just gotta smuggle manga into her study sessions. Let your nerd flag fly, girl!