Friday, January 20, 2006

Illustration Friday: Cat


This is my submission for cat. I use this cat in a lot of my work and her name is babs. This illustration comes from my 2004 HomeMade calendar and the title is "Alpine Haus". I include a spot illustration and a quote on the page that holds the days of the month. I love this quote: Her house... was as pretty as narcissus in the snow, as pretty as a silver feather on a pane of winter glass. -Beverly Nicholson

copyright 2004

72 comments:

marc said...

Well done.Beautiful illustration,beautiful colours.I love the cat ! :-)

Brian the Mennonite said...

I wonder if babs is considering whether it is a good idea to venture outside today. I can imagine her taking her first step and skaking her little paw to get the snow off.

Gise said...

Lindisima ilustración, me encanta este estilo. Me reflejo en los colores!

isay said...

bab looks like it's enjoying the view. lovely colors.

Hillitty Kukko said...

So lovely and cozy illo! Love it!!

LudaChristian said...

Good stuff! At least the kitty is nice n' warm...

Alina Chau said...

lovely illustration as always!! :)Love it!

carla said...

So like a cat to sit in a window and look picturesque:> Everytjing looks so cozy, even the snow...I notice a little dandelion at the base of the house...great detail!

ValGalArt said...

it is a narcissus,hence the quote. but every time i post on blogger, my pictures come out so small so i can undersand that you can't tell what kind of flower it is!

andrea said...

I love the warm colours against the snow. Very unusual but very effective! Now *that's* creativity.

steve said...

It looks so cozy in there, no wonder Babs stays inside. Must be waiting for you to come home...
:-)

stevePoisonPencil

R.Soler said...

¡¡Muy cálidos los colores y él tan feliz!!

Lee said...

very nice val...sweet kitty!

Teri C said...

Beautiful! Love your illustrations and colors!

kay susan said...

I love this. Those houses look so warm and welcoming!

QweySpiral said...

so sweet

DMerk said...

Neat skewed lines and lovely colors!

Caroline said...

Love the snow scene and the houses - so full of character and colour as usual!

And that cat looks like shes looking at me! Stare!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful illustration; must be a very artistic calender-

Collin said...

Nice. I especially like the contrast of the cold scene with the warm colors.

frank h said...

Babs is (sure) the most pampered cat in the world.
He looks paying a lot of attention to the snow and the street.
Beautiful work, beautiful.

cream said...

Val, your work is amazing! And the stories are so captivating!
Babs looks so comfy in her little window spot!

doodlestreet said...

I think Bab's is way up there hiding from my dog--I don't blame Bab's.

Wee Cottage said...

Such a warm and cozy scene for winter....great job. Very inspiring. I wish I had found your calendar...do you have any left?

mer said...

awesome illo!! i want to join Babs in her room... must be warm and cozy!

Tiffy said...

Is this the cat residency/city/town? Very cute!! I love your houses and colors. Beautiful work again!

KaRLa said...

que bonito!!!!!!!!!!! really great, is so so great the ilustration the colors are amazing

Anonymous said...

I need my glasses for your important cat! *gagging*

Anonymous said...

Beautiful colours and great detail! :)

cristosova said...

I love the worlds you create! The bright colors make me happy!

The Tart said...

Ok, who is this sweet tuxe kitty....your pal?
Love this...naturally!

Smooch,
The Tart

creative kismet said...

Babs looks like she has a beautiful view outside!

Toni said...

Love the colors and how you still are able to create a snowy evening scene with orange colors.
fantastic Val.

zordis said...

Val you have such a nice style. well done as always!

littlekika said...

the cat is "trop mignon" (so sweet in french even sweeter than that).
As usually I love your illustrations;)

Lois said...

I like how you have animated inanimate objects, your houses and streets and scenes seem to have as much character as your subject. Which is cool, because your not really sure what the subject is. The viewer can decide. It's not really about the cat.... or is it. We can make up our own story about Babs. Fun.

cosmos said...

Very Cool Cat indeed.

Janet said...

That's the best way to enjoy the snow...from the nice toasty window!

shawn said...

oh i love the cat in the window. before i clicked on it and saw it larger, i mistook the cat for a bow in the window. What a sweet surprise to find that adorable cat peering out the window. Really love your work!

Rachelle said...

Very adorable kitty Val. I have a real thing for black and white cats. I had two, one named Boots and the other Pip.

Penguin said...

Thanks for the kind comments. You seem to have developed quite the fanclub! Wonderful as always.

Alexa Brett said...

This is such a nice one, Val! I love the fact that even though it is such a cold day, you feel this warmness coming from the houses. Also, the fact that cat is in the window looking out adds to that feel. Lovely Illo!

modroom said...

Haha, all cold and snowy outside and the cat warm inside. Cat is so tiny in the window yet so very there as well, he/ she looks funny and cute because of this. ...::: )

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Awwww-very cute. SO pretty and serene. WIll I get in trouble if I mention that the cat reminds me a little of Sylvester? Mary :-)

Twisselman said...

Cats and windows, yes, a cool combination. Great illustration! Peace.

merlinprincesse said...

What a graceful and nice little kitty! I love this illo very much!

Giles said...

Lovely piece. Really like all the warm colours. Cute cat too!

Thanks too for visiting my blog and for your nice comments. Your bit about the signature aspect of colour was insightful too, so thanks :)

www.choble.com

Shano said...

So warm and cozy! I love your use of color.

Shano said...

So warm and cozy! I love your use of color.

Tintagua said...

Adorable, adorable...

HARDWAX said...

your illustrations always make me wish I were in the picture-that place and time-love it.

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Just darling...love that little kitty!

The Whippy Curly Tails in the Toasty South

Fern Lady said...

It's a very lovely scene, very cheerful.

JacqueLynn said...

Wonderful winter house scene!, love that you have bright warm colors along with the snow. The cat is terrific

Lily and Lucy White said...

Love babs! Lily.

String said...

The colours are lovely, I agree with everyone! Nice write up on Blue Train also, I love your skyscrapers!

steve said...

So that's what snow looks like (I almost fogot)! I really like how the cat is only a small subject in this great colorful illustration.

Jaimie said...

Lovely and charming as always!

A Little Hut said...

Adorable! Love the vibrant colors.

Andrea said...

I might be in love with Babs!

Wilnara said...

Abolutely Beautiful! The cat is so subtle. The entire image is so warm and toasty!

bee'nme said...

Your work is amazing - this is a really nice piece - I like what you achieved with the warm palette. Love it!

Aravis said...

Something about this reminded me of childhood advent calendars, and it has left me with those warm and fuzzy feelings. Thank-you! :0)

vfm4 said...

it's so romantic somehow..

i love it!!

ratlion said...

Love the quote...and the illo is great as always :)
Cheers.

Roz Foster said...

Your style is so dreamy. I want to live in one of your dreamy worlds.

Karen said...

Babs looks like she's contemplating going for a stroll in the snow. Very sweet image. The colors are so soft and dreamy.

TXArtcGal said...

Babs, and her village are adorable!! Again, love all the colors you use! Love the hot colors in the cold scene! Awesome!

Raymond Larose said...

What a beautiful style you have. I love it!

Maria Antunes said...

Lovely illo! I love the colors. I love it!!! :-)

Red Rocket said...

Oh, my! This is really beautiful! The colors, the layout, execution...lovely.

Ian T. said...

This illustration knocks me out! It is absolutely brilliant in every respect. I'd love to know more about your watercolour working methods!