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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So, let’s play another round of “Guess who Michelle plagiarized this week?”, shall we? When I was a kid, I loved cartoons and had dreams of working as an animator. I would go through an obsessive phase with a show or movie and spend a week drawing over and over, trying to master the style. I remember doing this with Hey! Arnold, Tiny Toons, Arthur, The Last Unicorn, and just about every Disney movie.
Although Mikayla doesn’t completely fit in this category, because she mostly looks like the rest of the cat girls, her head, eyes, and bangs are no doubt “inspired” by Angelica from the Rugrats.
I think it was healthy for me to experiment in different styles back then. It got me drawing in new ways and broke some bad habits.
I took idea this to heart and decided to mix it up a bit this week myself. When I first started this project, I wanted to redraw the cat girls in a very similar style so they would look like a cohesive collection at the end. However, the main goal I have for this whole project in the first place to make me draw often, commit to completing an entire project, and maybe learn some things. If drawing them in a similar style starts to feel stale and unexciting, I want to mix it up!
I drew Mikayla on paper instead of on the computer because I was craving some pen and ink for a change. I scanned the line art and messed with it a bit. I want to play with lines some more in my drawings.
Mikayla looks like a moody teenager on summer vacation, hanging around her neighborhood and grumpily slurping on slushees. Oh, youth! I want to go loiter in the park with junk food immediately. Summer sure is taking its sweet time to get here this year…