The Book of the Cat and Billy

A while ago I was asked if a drawing I had done of my cat could be included in “The Book of the Cat”.

It was going to be by Angus Hyland and Caroline Roberts; seeking quirky art and illustrations of cats. I was so flattered to be involved in it and even more so when I saw the finished book. It has lots of famous artists including David Hockney and Andy Warhol!

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Billy the cat has a great quote next to him;

“There is no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat” -Wesley Bates

And nothing could be more true for him. He is big in stature and personality, but he also lies under radiators and in doorways; an unmovable lump!

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I really love the black and white illustrations.

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And the beautiful paintings too.

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The muse.

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He had a good read through.

After the book had been published I got an email from a man in San Francisco wanting to buy the drawing for his girlfriend; she had said to a friend if she had that hanging somewhere in the house it’d made her laugh every time she looked at it.

It seemed the perfect home for it. Billy makes me laugh so much with his ways and has brings me so much joy. I was glad my drawing did him justice enough for someone so far away to see it too!

Since then I have made more screen prints based on him, so his funny face and ways are in more homes now! And I have a diva on my hands…

All the cats I have known..part 3

Quite a while ago I started a project called”all the cats I have known” as I wanted to record my feline friends past and present.I am hoping to combine little stories about them with illustrations.I have really struggled with whether to draw the cats realistically or stylised. I initially went for realism but they seemed so laboured and not what I wanted at all. Anyhoo here are some screen printed cats that began as drawings which I am finally, finally happy with. I hope you like them!

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“Billy” copyright Julia Ogden 2016

cecile

“Cecile” copyright Julia Ogden 2016

monty

“Monty” copyright Julia Ogden 2016

odie

“Odie” copyright Julia Ogden 2016

All the cats I have known..progress

So a while ago I started a project called ‘all the cats I have known’ with the idea to develop illustrations around this title. I thought it would be nice to have little stories about the cats that have been in my family.

However I really struggled with how to draw them, my previous attempts here were hit and miss, Odie (my old cat) fairly good, Billy (my current cat) not so good! Also the idea was to use these illustrations for products and cards therefore I felt they needed to be a bit friendlier.Here are my new drawings, a little bit stylised but I think nearer to my aims..

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Billy

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Wolfy

I hope you like them.

 

All the cats I have known

I am beginning a new project called “All the cats I have known”. It has been on my mind for a while and so I have begun!

Odie drawing

This is Odie. He ruled any neighbourhood he moved to. I once saw him square up to two Rottweilers. He was a legend and I miss him still.

billy drawing

This is Billy. He loves cuddles, his chin tickled and water served at room temperature. He never washes; he is above such chores.He always makes me feel better if I am feeling blue.

Billy was really hard to draw and I am still not sure about this one..so I may try again!

I am hoping to make these illustrations into a screen printed book. I have quite a few more cats to draw.I will post my progress on here, it has been nice already to record these memories.

copyright Julia Ogden