Time to Play

artwork of black cats on purple
Purple Cats

They were so cute, but I just couldn’t get a good photo—my arms are only so long, and there’s that window behind. But an “okay” photo, one that has a nice composition, and especially that black fur against the violet fleece, gives me a reason to see what I can do with it.

It’s Jelly Bean on the left, the original lap kitty that morning, and Mewsette on the right, laying on top of JB and looking adoringly at me. They are both on my left arm, so when I set the camera on the desk and hit the shutter I had my right arm crossed over everything, which meant JB was really getting squashed, probably the reason for the slanty-eyed expression. Also, I think one of Mewsette’s looonng whiskers was in his left eye which is closed on the original image, but I didn’t like that when I made the art from it so I added an open eye on that side of his face, then went to town. Modify, trim, crop, flatten, cutout, colorize, it’s all there. Channeling Andy Warhol, perhaps; well, he was from around here, and he did like cats.

And then some. Below are three other color variations and, surprise! The original photo.

Variations on two cats
Variations on two cats with colors.

Fun! Eyes look odd on orange kitties, but look fine on the others. I’m going to play a little more with another photo some time.

And here’s the original. They still couldn’t be sweeter. I’ve grown accustomed to using only the fingers of my left hand, seen here with JB resting his head on it.

two black cats
Original photo.


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6 thoughts on “Time to Play

  • December 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    What fun! Man don’t you hate getting poked in the eye by a whisker 😛

    • December 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Wazeau, happens every morning, and sometimes during the day.

  • December 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I just love the way Mewsette is looking up at you. My cats don’t look at me adoringly. They look at me like I’m crazy most of the time. I wish I knew what was going on in their little kitty brains most of the time. Looks like you had great fun with the different colors.

    • December 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Sue, Mewsette is very strange. Sometimes she spends the entire day, for days in a row, as basement cat or on top of a stack of decorative boxes in my bedroom, and sometimes she is my shadow and has to let me know every minute that she thinks I’m wonderful. The boys are nowhere near as complicated.


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