project: big book of cats

Big Book of Cats: Hope

September 4, 2013

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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Hope is one of those super cool chicks who I don’t even feel like needs to be redrawn tbh. She’s flawfree already.

I’m sure I stole the idea for the two-toned hair from some cartoon or comic or something, but I clearly remember going through a phase of loving to draw girls with this exact hair style. I don’t remember my original source of inspiration, but it’s interesting that I still have such a thing for that look. Half and half, Cruella De Vil hair is my favorite! I would totally do it myself if I knew I could spend the time and money on unkeep, but sadly I know myself too well and I’m sure I’d just look a hot mess all the time. Sigh.


Enough of my dream hair sob stories–Hope is still a super cute, bad ass cat chick and I loved drawing her again. She joins the ranks of Mary and Lizzie as girls I’d love to just redraw over and over. They’ve got personality!

I felt like Hope needed a quirky cross body bag, so I gave her that amazing Kate Spade donut bag. Swoon. Donuts on everything forever.

  • Yes! Donuts on everything ever!
    Half/half hair is amazing, if I do say so myself. :3

  • She is very fun! The half/half hair does seem fun on her.

  • I adore the cruella deville hair! I wish my would would let me having something like that, I’d totally do it!

  • your idea of recreating the drawings you did when you were 11 is so AWESOME!
    great work, as always! :)

  • Kim

    just discovered your cat series…..what a fun concept!! and i love that you are updating their fashion details like the kate spade donute bag :)

  • Hope looks fab – I love the bag and the hair ^__^

  • She’s so cute. I love her little handbag.