Featured Artwork: Two Yellow Cats, Turning a Daily Sketch Into a Product

marker sketch of two cats
Two Yellow Cats, brush marker © B.E. Kazmarski

“Even if it’s too hot to cuddle, I still love my sister.”

That’s Jelly Bean and Mewsette enjoying a quiet moment looking out the basement door. Actually, Jelly Bean was trying to get Mewsette to give him a little bath on the head, knowing that if he leaned in at just the right angle and just the right moment, Mewsette will turn and lick him without even thinking about it. It didn’t work, but it was okay.

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This daily sketch just passed its second anniversary! As an artist I turn to my surroundings for creative output, and you may recognize many of the photos and illustrations I’ve posted here on the products I later offer for sale. My cats have no choice but to be models, especially “if they like to eat” as I always tell them when they roll their eyes. And I’m not sure if they like being yellow with a black outline but I haven’t yet heard a complaint.

As soon as I had sketched the two cats I knew they were going to be…something. The view from behind, the leaning in, the abstraction, it all came together into something that could be universally appreciated for many purposes. Most of my sketches in this style do not have any background objects or indications at all, and this sketch did not initially have the line underneath, but I felt I should place it there to complete a “scene”, in it went, and I saw a greeting card right away, as a “thank you” or for friendship or just a hello.

greeting card with two yellow cats
“Two Yellow Cats” everyday card.

I didn’t finish it up until I was preparing my new Valentine card designs in late 2012 and decided to introduce it then. With red or white envelope—or yellow when I have them in stock—this card has also become part of my set of sympathy cards for a less formal, gently whimsical message.

Purrs and heart.
Purrs and heart.

But I decided it needed a bit of red for Valentine’s Day, and drew a bunch of little hearts in a similar line style to the rest of the illustration, chose one, and filled it with red marker. I scanned it and dropped it into the design.

valentine cards
“Two Yellow Cats”, Valentine card based on a daily sketch!

Unlike most others these cards have a message inside. The message inside is “…purrrr….purrrrr…purrrrr…” in my own handwriting in an attempt to simulate the kitty purring on my lap at the time, a message that can be given to a friend or to someone who is a little more than a friend!

text inside card
Text inside “Two Yellow Cats”, both design versions.

Both design options are available all year round so you can send your chosen greeting any time of the year. These cards are 5″ x 7″ and are printed on 12 pt. gloss cover, uncoated inside. Orders of a half dozen or more are packed in a clear-top vinyl greeting card box. Each card comes with choice of red, white or yellow—just for fun— acid-free envelopes which are inkjet/laser compatible. I sell them individually as a set of six packed in a clear-top vinyl greeting card box in my shop on Etsy.

“Two Yellow Cats” also finished out my set of six different Valentine greeting cards. As always, inspired by and based on images of my household of felines!


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