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Big Book of Cats: Linda

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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Your eyes are not deceiving you, friend! This is indeed a new Big Book of Cats post! Can you believe it? Honestly, many of you haven’t even been following my blog long enough to remember BBOC. My last one was in November 2013–almost a whole year ago! That really blows my mind. As mentioned in my intro, you can learn more about this project here and see all the other drawings here!

It bums me out that I haven’t kept up on my weekly schedule. I was so consistent for so long! However, the original goal of this project was to make sure I was drawing for fun and sharing my work every week while I was stuck at a less-than-inspiring day job. Since then I’ve taken on so much extra illustration work and started all my handmade adventures, so it’s certainly not a failure. I have no intention of calling it quits, I just never want this project to be another stressful deadline in my life. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze them in more than annually, though! Jeez.

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Linda is a sassy bitch and she’s definitely judging you. My muse has apparently always been a girl with attitude who wears crop tops and boots. My favorite part of Linda’s original drawing is the earrings mysteriously dangling from the side of her face while her ears are on top of her head. Haha.

Big Book of Cats: Pamela

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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Pamela is NOT messing around. She’s like “Here’s the goods, y’all. Bam.”

Let’s all please have a moment of silence for my attempt at spelling “Illinois”… I think? What else could it be?!

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I decided that a logical assumption is that Pamela is a dancer. Her dress kind of looks like a leotard-dress-thing you’d wear at a dance recital, right? The uncomfortable pose and heels that look like character shoes remind me of cheesy high school plays. Haha, maybe I’m reaching here.

Big Book of Cats: Millie

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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Millie is an interesting exercise in my idea of diversity. She’s a another kid–like Susie–according to her bio page, Millie is only 6 years old and her last name is “Poodle”. So I guess I just really wanted to draw a poodle girl, so I basically did, but gave her cat ears instead? Who knows. Maybe she’s bi-species?

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Millie’s re-draw is my favorite in a long time! I feel like I’m finally making progress with combining thick lines and more implied lines… if that makes sense! I usually would draw one or the other so I’ve been making a conscious choice lately to try and combine the styles into something a little more interesting. This one is also a fun experiment with colors! I really need to improve my color choices in my work in general.

Since new Mille is a little less blatantly poodle-looking, I gave her a cute little poodle doll. :) He kind of looks like a sheep, but he’s cute and I want one.

Big Book of Cats: Stacy

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…

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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. :)

Big Book of Cats: Susie #2

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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As we get further through the middle of the Big Book of Cats, you can tell that I was trying to inject some more diversity. Not diversity in the sense that most of them are wearing anything other than a crop top–why would they?! This was 1998 and these girls are cool–but there are some differing age groups.

This is Susie and she is 7 years old. She’s pretty stylish, actually. She’s dressed like a child model for the Gap or something.

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Not much to say about this one. She’s cute! I had fun thinking of a more child-like pose than usual.

Big Book of Cats: Hope

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.

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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.

Big Book of Cats: Catricia

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’ve officially embarrassed myself by over-hyping every other ridiculous name in this book, because ladies and gentlemen, I regretfully present to you the all-time worst/best… Catricia Katter. 

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Catricia is–I can only assume–ready to go out raving with her friends. That’s a pretty easy explanation for the big, chunky platform heels, crop top, and choker necklace. She’d be pretty conservative at a rave, actually. Maybe it’s her first time.

After making fun of her name, I’ll just stop trying to justify Catricia’s life at this point. Do your thang, girl.

Big Book of Cats: 1 Year of Cats!

ANNIVERSARY

Today(tomorrow, really) marks the 1 year anniversary of my Big Book of Cats project! Woohoo! \o/

I feel really great to have made it to this point. I’ve gotten a bit off schedule a few times in the past couple of months, but besides that, I’ve been really staying on track and posting every week. Besides just sharing all the funny, weird shit I did as a kid, this illustration project was intended to make sure I keep drawing everyday and finish an illustration–even as small and simple as one of these guys–each week.

Ever since graduating college and getting full time jobs doing graphic design, my creative output has taken a bit of a dive. I resolved that 2013 would be different and I would get more serious about growing my illustration work, which is where my passion really lies. I’m happy to say that when I look through my file folders for artwork done in 2013, the amount far surpasses 2012(and 2011, too, tbh) already and we’re only 2/3rds through!

I was proud of myself for completing the original Big Book of Cats in 1998 and I’m determined to feel the same accomplishment when I finish it again in 2014! Or 2015. I haven’t really calculated my tentative finish date yet. Too sad to think about!

Do you recognize the lovely ladies in the GIF? Haha, I had way too much fun with that one. 8)

So far, I’ve shared 42 cat girl drawings! Isn’t that nuts? Here’s to the next 42! xo

Big Book of Cats: Cameron

 

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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If you’ve been reading my BBOC posts for any length of time, I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that this lady’s full name is “Cameron Dias”. Great job, Michelle! Real subtle.

I guess I lost that purple pen halfway through drawing?

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I often feel a kind of weirdness picking poses for my cat girls. I usually try to just draw something that feels like the personality of the girl. I’ve always loved drawing fun, sassy, sexy ladies, even as a kid, but sometimes I feel kinda weird drawing them in sexy poses. Haha, I don’t want to creep people out with these drawings or appeal too much to a… um, certain demographic of internet dwellers, but I gotta be true to what I feel like making in the moment, y’know?

Big Book of Cats: Susie

 

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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Your eyes do not deceive you. Susie is yet another girl whose hair is blatantly “inspired” by Sue Ellen’s from Arthur. WTF? Why was this weird, Lady-Bozo-The-Clown hairdo such a favorite of mine? This is at least the third one. Kids, man.

Let’ talk about her hands for a second. Susie definitely has six fingers on each hand. I also appear to have gone back later and drawn rounded paws over the hands. This prompted me to stop and think “Oh, did I always give them paws instead of hands with fingers?” That would make sense since for the first 30 girls, I designed a custom paw print for each one. The answer is no, I didn’t always remember to just give them paws, but it’s pretty hilarious to pay attention to just how often I desperately tried to avoid drawing hands at all. So many hands behind backs! Hahaha.

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Susie’s bio page says that she’s only 9 years old and it’s refreshing that I actually seemed to understand that when I drew her in the first place. Meaning of course that she doesn’t have a giant rack. Her outfit is pretty amazing, too. I would totally rock the big, poofy skirt and cropped leopard/camo/whatever shirt she’s got goin’ on.