We've got two copies of the Cat VS Human book to give away, along with some adorable printables for you to print-out. For your chance of winning, leave a comment below telling us what makes you a cat lady?
Contest closes on May 15th.
Congratulations to Beccasaurus and Ashinezz.
Having one cat who loves to snuggle or having ten cats who sometimes snuggle?
That's a hard one! But I absolutely love it even when my one kitty comes to snuggle with me.
Kittens in mittens or cats in hats?
Cats in hats. My kittens would be uncomfortable in mittens!
Dinosaur tea party or kitten dance party?
Kitten dance party, but dinosaurs are always invited.
How do you work with your cats around?
They're pretty good helpers! They warm my chair for me when I'm out of my studio, make sure my doodles don't get blown in the wind by laying on them, and they lay on my lap while I work to make sure I don't get up and goof around.
Do you encourage your cats' bad behavior? ie: table scraps
I try not to, bur it's hard! And if I say "no", it's not like they'd listen to me anyway.
What is your opinion on cat clothes and do you use them?
I don't really have strong opinions on cat outfits. My cats hate them, so I've stopped trying. But I've seen cats in the CvsH community who wear vests or raincoats, and they seem to not mind it.
Your career has changed from comics to geology, clothes, and back to comics. Do you have a place you want to "end up" or do you enjoy changing it up periodically?
The most constant aspect of my career is that I've always been in the creative field. I enjoy drawing, and designing and making things. And as long as I don't tire of creating, whether they be designing shoes or making comics and children's books, I'm going to keep at it!
<<< Side note, I wasn't a geologist. I switched degrees from geology to art :) >>>
Does your "real" job inspire your comics or vice versa?
My "real" job is observing my cats and making comics about them, so it's definitely an inspiration.
Do you feel restricted in your art at work or other more public/paid positions?
Do you mean creating art under someone else's supervision? Most definitely. There are a lot of factors involved. I can only speak based off working with larger companies, and many times, what you create has to pass through numerous hands. It's a collaborative effort, I suppose. And when money and lots of people are involved, there is a lot of input on what things (like artwork and designs) should or shouldn't look like. Now, making art for myself (like my comics and illustrations), I pretty much don't have a lot of restrictions. I'm very fortunate that a lot of the people who read my comics can relate to them.
Did you think your blog of cat drawings would go over as big as it has?
I was actually quite surprised. I started CvsH to blow off steam from my day job designing accessories for a large company. And I absolutely adore cats--I've always had multiple cats at home--and it was just natural for me to make comics about the life of a cat person. I had absolutely no idea that I'd have so many readers. It's really nice to know that a lot of people love cats as much as I do!
Since your blog has become so big, do you feel that it's a job?
Nope! I absolutely love to draw, and I absolutely love my cats. I don't think I'd get tired of it. But aside from the Cat Versus Human blog, I'm also working on a number of books and illustration projects. I think the key for work to not feel like a "job" is for you to love it. I also think that it's good to have other hobbies and projects; it keeps work interesting. Variety is a good thing!
What is an art type or medium you've never tried but want to?
I work primarily on flat surfaces. My husband is a sculptor, and I'd love to collaborate with him one day.
The girl in your drawings looks very distressed at times. What do your cats do that drive you crazy every time?
I wouldn't say distressed. More like flustered or frazzled. Like when your cats meow very loudly and wake you up at 3am in the morning because they want to play with you or have their treat. They can drive you nuts sometimes. But I mean that in a good way! They're hilarious, and they don't even know it!
Describe your creative process. Observe, reflect, draw on paper, take notes, take actual pictures, use a tablet...?
My comics are based primarily on my cats (and living with them). Much of my observations and quick ideas are jotted down on a notepad so I don't forget. After that, I sketch the roughs in Illustrator using a tablet and do the line drawings on top of the sketches. Once I have the black and whites laid out, I import into Photoshop for coloring. And that's it! It's a fairly simple process.
Which computer programs have you tried to work with for your comics? Which do you recommend and not recommend?
I work with Illustrator, Photoshop and a Wacom tablet. I haven't really worked with other programs in creating my comics.
Do you have any long-running side projects?
Yes! Aside from CvsH, I'm currently working a couple of children's books. I have one coming out in September, I See Kitty
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan). And I'm also working on the second volume of Cat Versus Human
(Andrews McMeel), which is out on October.
What else do you do just for fun?
I like to write short stories. I love to write and read science fiction/fantasy/comic books. I also love to hike and go on road trips with my husband. And of course I love playing with my cats and dog. They brighten my day.
Where would you like to see yourself in ten years?
I just want to keep on doing the things I love, whatever that may be. I've got simple expectations of myself, and I'd rather just be pleasantly surprised of what I become in ten years.
THIS OR THAT SECTION!
Kittens or baby squirrels?
- Kittens!Though baby squirrels are super cute.
Cleaning litter or cleaning hairball?
Cat kisses or dog kisses?
Cat kisses of course!
Drawing or coloring?
Paint or markers?
Catdog or Ren & Stimpy?
Ren & Stimpy
If you could be known for anything, what would it be?
If you could be known for any kind of ART, what would it be?
Comics and picture books.
If you could meet any famous cat (fiction or not) who would it be and why?
That's a tough one! There were a bunch who came to mind. Hello Kitty. But she's super rich and famous, and her face is plastered everywhere, so it would be hard to hang out with her in public! Then I thought of Garfield. But all he does is complain about Mondays and eat lasagna. Then I thought…maybe I'd like to meet Hobbes. He seems to be a great companion and a good friend to have adventures with. So Hobbes it is!