Blue Cats – a new illustration.

Blue cats illustration

Yes, another digital illustration. The Blue Cats Illustration has been in my drafts for something like three months. I began drawing it for fun, with no idea in mind. I just wanted to see where my intuition would have led me, following my instincts and my ‘needs’. The process has been a little bit of a roller coaster. I loved the first blue cat at the center, but then I really had no idea of how to continue. What began as an emotional and creative exercise ended up feeling like a waste of time, something I had to turn into an illustration I could sell. And so I froze.

After a few tries and many hits back on my photoshop history and many more layers deleted, I realized that trying to detour from my original idea of drawing for fun was silly and, indeed, a waste of time. Because nothing good was coming out of it anyway. So I’ve just let it go and saw what wanted to come out from my pen more as a spectator than a creator.

And, needless to say, once I’ve had let go of my expectations I finished in just a couple of hours.

What came out was something different, sweeter than most of the drawings I’ve made in the past. It is somehow more childish and feminine. Or at least that’s how I see it.

I wasn’t sure I liked it at the beginning and I almost didn’t want to post it anywhere. But I had announced on my Twitter that I was about to finish a drawing that had laid undone in my drafts for months, and so I had to show it. And I did.

And now, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Go figure.

I’m not giving up on digital as it’s so much easier to draw with on certain days. But I’m going back to watercolors, even if I’m taking it very slowly. This past year has been an emotional turmoil – I know I am not the only one – and painting has been difficult. It’s much easier to do it when deleting and retouching means just clicking back through the history panel.

But I am slowly feeling better, and I miss my watercolors.

Spoiler alert: there’s is already one watercolor illustration in the making.

Anyway, the Blue Cats illustration is already available on mugs and tees and all the other usual items. Go take a look!

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All the cats. How this illustration helped a sick cat.

You may remeber this illustration.

This is basically the evolution of this other illustration, which is the one with which I got back to drawing. It’s a long story but I haven’t drawn, if not interiors or clothing, for years. I totally forgot what it meant to draw funny things. One day I bought a set of very cheap colored pencils and began playing around with shapes. And a line of cats came out!

Now, whenever I feel uninspired, that’s what I do. I just take out my colors – now I use very expensive ones – and I begin to draw a line of cats.

In the end, something that i want to draw better always comes out, and this is totally the case with the ‘cats cats cats’ illustration. It was just a line of very roughly sketched kitties, but I saw something I liked and I redrew it.

But we have another version of that now, that I made wqith Photoshop and my Wacom tablet.

I’m very active on Twitter, being the only social I really like. I have two accounts, one in English and mainly about my shop and cats, and another one mostly in Italian where I tweet about everything else. Because despite common beliefs, my life isn’t only about cats and illustrations.

I met some lovely fellows vegans and cat lovers on Twitter. A lot of cat ladies too. One of these cat ladies is taking care of a cat colony completely by herself and needed some help with the vet bills of a very sick cat. Another mutual organized a lottery with prizes to help her, and I decided to contribute with an illustration.

Not having enough time to make a new one, I decided to modify an existing one. I have a lot of mental blockages about using photoshop to make more illustrations out on one, but this time it was for a good cause, so I dived in.

In the end, I loved the result so much that I have decided to put it on the shop as well!!

all the cats

It’s not only on this tee, but on a lot of other items as well.

The lottery is closed and the prizes were assigned. A friend won a mug and another person won a pillow with the ‘all the cats’. I hope they will appreciate it! What’s better, the sick cat seems to be getting slightly better, even if the end of the tunnel is still far. And that’s all that matters.

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