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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cats - Illustration Friday

When I was a young girl, I remember having several bottles of bubble bath; bottles shaped like tall, slim cats. These bottles were made out of a hard plastic, and were usually pastel-colored. This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Cats."

When coming up with my design, I started with pastel colors, but played a bit with the color trying to get a more calming hue. After intially sketching my cat by hand, I went into Adobe Illustrator and digitally drew the cats; I then added the background, color, texture and highlights in Adobe Photoshop.


Blogger bee'nme said...

I remember those bottles!!!! How fun! Love your colors here, and I really like the background! Nice design!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 12:19:00 PM

Blogger ValGalArt said...

this is so wonerful! love the memory and that you reproduced it in luscious colours! bella!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 12:38:00 PM

Blogger Karen said...

Hey Trisha! I remember having bottles like that too. There were also pink poodle shampoo bottles. Great inspiration. Your tall skinny cats are great. I love the tail sticking up on the middle one. Have you tried the Live Trace feature in the latest Adobe Illustrator? If you like a slightly sketchy look to your lines, it saves you the step of having to redraw your sketch. Anyway, wonderful colors and I love the soft background texture.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 12:52:00 PM

Blogger Alina Chau said...

How cute!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:16:00 PM

Blogger steve said...

These are so cute Tricia! I really like the calm colors and symmetrical composition here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:40:00 PM

Anonymous Stephanie said...

These are wonderful - I can almost smell that sweet scent of the shampoo!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 2:28:00 PM

Blogger Raymond Larose said...

Wow, this is very good. Nice work with many mediums.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:07:00 PM

Blogger butterfly said...

these kitties are so cool, the design is really prefect. I love it ..After seeing your illo, I certainly sure to learn how to use adobe illustrator( since I am not an art illustrator, my work will just be with an amateur soul:))

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:11:00 PM

Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

I sort of remember those bubble bath bottles--but I was a Mr. Bubble man myself. Great illo.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:20:00 PM

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Great cats! I don't know if I think I remember these bottles or if I really do....I love your colors!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:43:00 PM

Blogger isay said...

i love them all!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:46:00 PM

Blogger Twisselman said...

I'm totally amazed that everyone remembers their bubble bath days! Why, in my day we used 20-mule team Borax... and liked it! But seriously, these are seriously great cats (even if I was bubble-bath deprived as a child). Very nice. Peace.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 6:14:00 PM

Blogger Anonymous said...

I had the cat bubble baths!!! You're image is great - really well done - blue bathroom? :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8:58:00 PM

Blogger Winnie Yao said...

Very nice cats, love them!

Winnie ^.*

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 9:35:00 PM

Blogger Lilly said...

Colors and concept rock. Very imaginative.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 9:36:00 PM

Blogger Sea Angel said...


Wednesday, January 25, 2006 12:13:00 AM

Anonymous Marion said...

Great cats! Nice coloring, would be fun to see cats in those colors for real;-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 2:30:00 AM

Blogger lus said...

trisha: Thank you very much for your comment, it encourages me. And you published it in spanish also!! Thank you !: that was very sweet. This work is very nice. These colors transmit serenity. I like a lot the background.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 4:55:00 PM

Blogger David said...

Good job! I like your cats and your use of color. :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:56:00 PM

Blogger Caroline said...

What a great way to depict cats - bubble cats!

I love the colours you've chosen and I love the way you've arranged their tails to go in different directions - and as I look at them I'm beginning to believe I had cats like this with bubble bath inside... too convincing!

Thursday, January 26, 2006 3:20:00 AM

Blogger Andrea said...

Yes! My roommate used to have the purple one, she threw it away about a year ago and I was so bummed out!! Thanks for reminding me…I will send her to your blog!

Thursday, January 26, 2006 3:41:00 PM

Blogger Possum Pearl said...

Mine was pink! *Grin*

Thursday, January 26, 2006 3:55:00 PM

Blogger Frizz said...

Love the cats. I remember bath bubbles in bottles character shaped bottles when I was little!

Thursday, January 26, 2006 7:12:00 PM

Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments! It was fun to read that others remember those bottles...how neat!

Friday, January 27, 2006 10:29:00 AM

Anonymous anamomda said...

So damn adorable!

Thursday, February 09, 2006 10:55:00 PM


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