This set of A2 note cards includes four cartoons inspired by awakening with cats. I sketched them during my days of daily sketches from 2011-2014, most visualized while I was lying in bed immobilized by cats and got to my drawing materials as soon as possible before the idea faded. It didn’t occur to me when I sketched them but people have compared them to New Yorker cartoons, which are black and white ink drawings and often feature cats.
Smaller than 5″ x 7″ greeting cards, note cards don’t demand a big message, unless you’re so inspired. The note cards can also be trimmed and incorporated into scrapbooking or collages, or even framed for your wall.
About the artwork
Each of these is available individually as well as in a set. Click the image or title to find the product listing about the individual cartoon or scroll down the list and find the links at the bottom.
It’s a wonder I get out of bed with treatment like this.
Every healing discipline has its healing points on the body. My cats certainly know mine.
I sleep on my stomach, and when I awoke I could feel them all lined up on me from top to bottom. Because I had shifted slightly when I awoke they each began purring, but no one moved to get up, only curled tighter for the moment. I visualized this, much as I had my other “awake” cartoons as I was lying there, falling back to sleep from all that purring.
Winner of a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by the Cat Writers’ Association.
“Don’t act like you’re dead. We know dead things. We’re cats.”
Yeah, this is pretty much what I saw when I woke up this morning. I may have slept a little later than usual, but not by much. I could only see two over the edge of the covers, Giuseppe’s ears and Mr. Sunshine’s baleful eye, but I could feel that all five were there. And they were sitting very still and watching me.
But they did catch me in the act of trying to fool them. The two are so cute at trying to pull the covers off me and digging me out that I confess I lie there pretending to be asleep just to enjoy all the effort they put into getting me out of bed! First, though, I thought, “That would make an interesting piece of artwork. How should I do it?” Then, because it can sometimes take me years to get to ideas like the more realistic view I was considering, I decided a sketch would be immediate gratification, and possibly the best way to render it. I took notes with my eyes at what it all looked like, and drew it later in the day.
Winner of a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by the Cat Writers’ Association.
The full title is “I realized upon awakening that I was being used as a fort”.
So this is a daily sketch of something that happened, but it was not done in real time as I visualized it, truly, upon awakening, when I really was being used as a fort. I’m not sure exactly which were who, but I know it was the boys and Bean was the one peering over my hip. Likely the one delivering the swat was Giuseppe, he’s like that.
I’ve always wanted to do these little cartoons that occur to me now and then, well, probably more often than now and then. There are a few ideas that are several years old, and I think I’ll start working them up. (And so I did!)
Another one of those visualizations as I awoke today. I could feel cats tucked up against me all around, two on one side, two on the other, and one at my feet. They tend to trade places so I wasn’t sure who was where, but of course they are all black, and as I laid there, face in my pillow, trying to determine which was who, I could picture them black against the white bedspread, and then as quotation marks on either side of me, and a period by my feet.
So here it is, not sure if it works visually, but this is pretty much what I visualized.
Purchase Saturday Morning Cartoons Note Cards
Note cards are either 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A2) or 4.5″ x 6.25″ (A6).
- Available in sets of four or six depending on design, and may be purchased in dozens.
- Cards are blank inside.
- These cards do not assort with any other cards.
- Price includes shipping via First Class, Parcel.
All note cards come with matching envelopes.
For the set, visit the product post on Portraits of Animals.
For each individual design, click the images above to visit each product post, or go to my Feline-themed Card Sets and Note Cards page.
Other note cards
From quick daily sketches to fine art, I have over a dozen individual note cards and sets of note cards. That makes each image versatile in conveying your message: friendship, thinking of you, sympathy, invitation, and more. While we often use electronic communications for quick notes, that makes a card received in the mail all the more dear to the recipient.
I have over a dozen sets and individual designs. These two designs are colorful and fun, and they are popular included with gifts.
I created “Inscrutable Patterns” from a sketch I did of Mr. Sunshine observing me while I worked. Later I used my graphic design program to fill a page with cats and make each one of them a slightly different color. You can see in the detail image all the little eyes and whiskers too; that’s Mr. Sunshine’s saturnine expression for sure.
The Colorful Cats note cards were originally a cut paper collage made with layered tissue paper modeled on what the cats were doing that particular day.
Each of the images comes from my portfolio of feline artwork that spans nearly my entire career as an artist. “Kitties Being Kitties” is the very first set of note cards I had printed in 1993, from ink sketches I’d done in the late 1980s.
“My Cats in the Sun” is a collection of fine art paintings of, well, my cats in the sun, and were the first full color reproductions of my artwork, from 1998.
They also include classic pencil sketches and a selection from my Daily Sketches, a three-year period during which I painted my cats nearly every day in a huge variety of media, just a quick sketch, no masterpieces, finding the inspiration and capturing the moment. This gave me a huge body of work to choose from for note cards and more.
Find the set and purchase your cards on my Feline-themed Card Sets and Note Cards page, or click an image in the gallery below to see just that card or set of cards.
Mewsette takes a sidelong glance at my paintings of her, trying to be polite.
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