This is only tangentially related to Abys, or even cats, but I thought you might find it interesting.
I had this snake tattoo…and I really didn’t like it. I got it for the wrong reasons, it hasn’t aged as well as most of the other ones I have, and it really doesn’t go with the other tattoos I have.
So I finally decided to do something about it. I decided to get the snake covered up with a traditional Japanese fox design.
Today was the first session. We got the outlines done, and then we coloured in the fox. I am not going to lie…this was the most painful tattoo I have ever gotten.
Instead of a red fox, though, I wanted a North American grey fox. I have always loved the grey and orange colouration of these foxes.
Also, the colouration of the grey fox is quite similar to Alfred’s…I call him my grey fox.
When I got home, I was drained and exhausted. I was lying on the sofa and Jacoby instantly came and lay on top of me…and on top of the tattoo. But it was nice, actually. Soothing. We’ll finish this tattoo up next month.
Okay, not exactly a cartoon, but I see this sticker grafitti stuck to a wall-ashtray everytime I go to Commerce downtown. It’s just so happy! I mean, I know it’s grafitti…but it’s adorable.
They also hit a postbox with a Sharpie, and this time Cat Mob has a friend. I really love his tail. I have no idea what or who Cat Mob is, but I appreciate their mascots.
Whilst working on a new project for the upcoming NEMO show, I came across an old drawing I did for Iris five years ago for the National Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Club’s show catalogue (the show was around Columbus Day, as I recall). I’d forgotten all about it, but considering where I live now, it was too funny not to share.
Seeing it again also reminded me that I had always wanted to colour it. So, it being a rainy Tuesday, I figured, what the heck?
Today is Kylie’s 13th birthday! She and Tessie are still living happily in Boston. They’re a bit older, but doing well.
Personally, I think cat skeletons are kind of cool. You may remember
my roughly life-sized skeleton cat, Os-car I found at CVS one Halloween. So when Björn showed me a picture of Re-Ment’s Pose Skeleton Cat, I had to get one.
It’s one of those typical cool Japanese toys with tons of special touches. The cat comes with a litter box (I think…it might be a bed), a typical Japanese wand cat toy, and a belled collar. I added a Schleich cat tower and some food and water bowls I had from another set, and it seems that the scale on all of them is roughly the same.
The amount of detail on this little thing is incredible. The collar has stitching marks and a leather look, and the bell has a seam and the hole at the bottom to let the sound out.
Of course, when he heard the camera, Jacoby had to come see what I was taking photos of…and why I wasn’t taking photos of him.
Jake was very curious about the little cat skeleton and tried to pick it up.
He only succeeded in knocking over the cat tree. Then he wandered off.
Thanks a lot, Jake!
It’s really a tiny figure (as you can see compared to Jake’s paw), but it has eight points of articulation (tail, both hips, mid-spine, both shoulders, neck and jaw)! I really adore this little thing.
In anticipation of getting back to doing my full-colour, regular cartoons again, I have been working up “characters” for the new cats in the ensemble cast: Pyret, Alfred and Logan. You have seen some of the preliminary sketches of Freddy and Logan already.
I also worked up a sketch for Pyret. Someday I’ll have to finish this one in colour.
As I am writing this, Pyret is still alive, but only just barely. She is dying. She is not suffering, and she is lying peacefully on one of Björn’s T-shirts in one of her favourite places.
She is not in pain, she’s just 18½ years old and she’s simply slowly shutting down. We think that taking her in to the vet would cause her more stress than she needs, and the vet agrees. It’s a long bus ride, and she seems content to be here with us.
The other cats seem to know that something is happening to her, and they have all come to see her during the day.
I think they know she’s dying. They have all been really gentle to her…which is amazing, considering that she hissed and growled at them whenever they came near her.
It was really touching to see each of them come and visit her.
Especially Logan. The youngest and the oldest.
As I say, she is still here with us, but I don’t think it will be much longer. May StarClan light your path, Pyret von Rosenöra-Rosennos. May you find good hunting, swift running, and shelter when you sleep. There will soon be a new star in the night sky.