be more cat

Yes, exactly! This is a gorgeous little book bursting at the seams with cats of all shapes and sizes and I am very proud to say I illustrated it! Be More Cat reveals to the reader deep catish wisdom and benefits from the closely observed eccentricities of its author Alison Davies’ various feline muses. Alison has an expanding family of cats, two of which, Honey and Minnie were a great inspiration in creating this book – you can read more about this amazing pair on Alison’s blog. Be More Cat is published by Quadrille Publishing and is out in shops now – if you would like a little more cat love in your life then look it up!

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Last year I had a funny dream about a cat who was a superhero and when I woke up I just had to draw it. I came across this piece when looking through some portfolio work and remembered that I had actually finished it and coloured it in photoshop. I wanted it to look atmospheric and a bit old fashioned hence the very limited coloured palette. Anyhow, its never since seen the light of day so I thought I’d post it here. Below are some snaps of work in progress and above the finished image.

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cats…

I am working on a new book right now all about my favourite subject – cats! I need to mug up on the different cat breeds so I’ve been doing a little sketching. I’ve also put in a couple of my InkTober efforts along the same theme – the above should really be titled “oops..”

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Bubble Cat

I’ve been working on lots of new things lately but this week I decided to have a bit of a return to form and draw a cat… Here he is blowing bubbles.

feathered friends

As well as working on a new chapter book series I am thinking a lot about patterns at the moment as I am taking of one of Rachael Taylor‘s rather excellent Make It In Design courses! It’s such fun making patterns and really lovely to be spurred on by my teachers and classmates. Here are some of my newest patterns that focus on characters.

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experiments in screen printing…

I’ve always wanted to have a go at screen printing but somehow never got around to it – that is until I was given a screen printing kit for my birthday! I found the whole process quite tricky and highly messy but loads of fun. I’m not sure I did an awfully good job from a technical point of view but I still like the result. My friend Emily’s cat Maya served as the muse for this print – thanks Maya!

Bear and Cat

Here’s a little something I just did just for fun.  I’m not sure how these two became friends, I guess they just are…

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cats and dogs

I’m rather enjoying playing with putting patterns and drawings together at the moment. Here are a couple of creatures who have come into being of late who definitely need to find homes…

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Portfolio covers

I recently wanted to create some new work for my portfolio and since I love book covers so much, I thought I’d do some of my own. The books don’t actually exist yet but that may change!

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