project: big book of cats

Big Book of Cats: Stacy

October 16, 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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Stacy is the direct product of my Great Spice Girl Obsession of 1998. The Big Book of Cats was tucked into my backpack right next to my Spice Girls fan magazines and additional notebooks full of Spice Girls fan art. That would be another amazing, embarrassing relic to find…


How could Stacy call herself a hardcore Spice Girls fan without those signature giant platforms? I had to upgrade those sad boots on her updated version. I love her late 90s/early 00s frosty make-up and hair! She’s a karaoke queen and I want to party with her. :)

  • I’m a fairly new reader, so this is the first time I’m seeing you post about this project. But I jut have to say, this is a ridiculously incredible idea! I’m gonna have to take a trip down memory lane myself now and dig through my old drawings of goth and punk girls and see what I can do about potentially giving them new life.

  • Love the Spice Girl crop top. She is adorable.

  • Hi Michelle. I’ve been following for a while, and I absolutely adore this project. It’s a great excercise in character design (with such varied body shapes, styles and everything, beautiful!), and the commentary is always fun, friendly and uplifting. Every update brings a smile to my face, and my inner artist loves the sheer diversity of your work. Keep up the great work!

    • Michelle

      Nina, this was such an amazing comment to read–thank you so much for taking the time to write it. <3 I'm so happy you enjoy it!!

  • Ahhh Spice Girls! Reminds me of my childhood haha. I really love the way you did the fur :3

  • I love this so much! I actually had a tee-shirt exactly like the one that Stacy’s wearing in her updated portrait.

  • Kim

    her sneaker platforms are awesome!!!
    this series is so fun :)

  • Oh, so 90s! Love her! ^__^

  • where the hell is my heart shaped belly button? i have never been so jealous of a cat girl in my life!