Everyone’s a Critic

In an effort to keep my New Year’s resolution to learn to draw, I’ve done a few practice drawings in the last week or so — and because I’m too lazy to put them away, I’ve been leaving them sitting out around the house. This morning, I woke up to discover that my cats had apparently studied my work during the night and decided to make a few enhancements. I’m not being entirely objective here, and I know they meant well, but still — I don’t really think the cat vomit was an improvement.

Artist's rendering. In real life, my cats look more like cats.

40 thoughts on “Everyone’s a Critic

    1. I’m not sure which one it was, Holly (15 year old girl cat) or Thunder (7 year old boy cat). Neither one is on a diet. Both cats occasionally eat their food really quickly and then throw up.

  1. Aw, I like your kitty drawing! It’s funny, she looks like my Shadow, strong forehead. I love her profile.

    One of our two cats is a fast eater too, and leaves a nice little mess in the middle of the living room carpet. I wanted hardwood flooring for Christmas, but didn’t get it. There’s always next year.

    1. I’ll have to steal that for next time. I don’t want it to be completely obvious that I’m copying you, though, so I’ll have to do something like this:

      ^O^___/
      ^ ^

    1. The original “art” was imitating life (or trying to), so it’s more like art imitating life imitating art imitating life. Except that, unfortunate, the cats weren’t exactly “imitating” the art (it’s unfortunate because if they were, I could just draw a bunch of pictures of cats eating their food without complaining and not scratching the furniture).

  2. i think that is a fine looking drawing of a cat! if you want, you should add a conversation bubble, “I’m a cat!” that’s what i do when i draw. :) (i’m being completely serious.)

    1. My cats sometimes use the floor, but when they do, they make sure to use as much floor as possible. Wouldn’t want any of the carpet to feel left out.

      1. When Isabel pukes, there’s usually one big puddle and three or four lesser puddles. I like to think of it akin to Hansel and Gretel, and she’s just leaving vomit, like breadcrumbs, behind so she can retrace her steps later.

  3. Definite Thurberesque quality to your cat. I like Thurber. In fact, as a slightly-early birthday present, my wife just bought me a book of his I’d never heard about: The 13 Clocks, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman. (Unfortunately, the illustrations aren’t by Thurber; at the time he wrote the book his eyesight was too bad to allow him to draw.)

  4. I love your drawing, Laura!
    And that’s a very talented cat… mine has yet to learn how to confine her ‘various messes’ to only one room let alone take out a designated target!
    :)

  5. I came over to see what the Caption Queen was up to. I was a professional illustrator back in my first life before kids. I am on my third life now.
    This is very good!
    One trick you can try unless you are kidding all of us and have a MFA is to take a subject that is on paper and draw it upside down. It no longer retains the same realistic qualities and so it is much easier. I wouldn’t try this in real life. Your cat may claw you.

    1. Ha! No, there’s no MFA hidden up my sleeve. I’ll have to try the upside-down trick. One thing I’ve noticed is that I have a hard time getting proportions right (for example, the poor kitty in the drawing has freakishly short legs).

        1. Hmmm… I didn’t really think about that, but maybe this drawing was my subconscious trying to send me a message.

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