Books and cats; there's little I love drawing more. Anyone who's taken even the shortest glance at my store will know this.
This illustration was inspired by one of my favourites from my first collection two years ago; this illustrated wooden brooch inspired by my cat Monty and his habit as a kitten of getting involved with my reading. I always proved popular with crazy cat ladies and bibliophiles a like.
I still loved the idea, and the brooch, but wanted to revamp the artwork as, after two years of work, my skills have improved fourfold. (I've done this to a few of my oldest goodies, such as these Book Nerd badges.) And as I had few items using my cute little Monty, a blue-spotted British Shorthair, I thought it would be good to introduce a different type of cat to the mix.
So I've changed it to a full blue British Shorthair cat, redesigned the calligraphy for Edward Gorey's well-known quote (I think my lettering is the element of my work that has improved most over the past while) and just overall improved on the illustration of the piece. I'm really chuffed that I took the time to revamp this piece, and it's actually now one of my favourite art prints in the store.
What do you think? Got any cat lovers or bookish friends who would love to put this up on their wall?
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