Looking for drawn cats!
October 26, 2012 6:23 AM   Subscribe

What's your favorite drawn cat?

I am working on an animation of a jumping cat, and looking for references. In my mind I see it as streamlined, sleek and elegant, jumping between rooftops at night. But it doesn't have to be! Surprise me with your favorite drawn cat. Bonus points if it's jumping. Double bonus points if it's animated. Triple bonus super awesome points if it's got a model/character sheet. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
posted by jozxyqk at 6:29 AM on October 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


Matroskin, the big-very-big striped cat!
posted by lettuchi at 6:39 AM on October 26, 2012

Also, Neko.
posted by stokast at 6:41 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Simon's Cat captures something about the pensive, self-obsessed quality of cats' movements. He jumps around a lot in this movie but he's made others.
posted by workerant at 6:42 AM on October 26, 2012 [8 favorites]

Love Neko, Hello Kitty of course, Garfield but who is better than Bill the Cat?
posted by Yellow at 6:46 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

MC Skat Kat of course.
posted by The Michael The at 6:50 AM on October 26, 2012

M. Chat, as seen in Paris
posted by corvine at 6:51 AM on October 26, 2012

Not so much sleek, but I have always enjoyed Kliban's cats. Model/character sheet (after a fashion) here.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:54 AM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

Solange from "9 Chickweed Lane." The "Hallmarks of Felinity" comics are easy to Google, and are absolutely hilarious. Solange is drawn with excellent poses - all of which I've seen my own cat perform at least once.


posted by Urban Winter at 6:54 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'm partial to Bucky Katt from Get Fuzzy. He's usually in anthropomorphic poses, but manages to be very catlike all the same.

But I think the cat you really want is Hobbes. Watterson really captured the essence of catlike movement in the pouncing-gag strips, and time spent looking at Calvin and Hobbes is never wasted.
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:01 AM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

The Cat that walked by himself
posted by vers at 7:06 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Pusheen! Though she is rather the opposite of "sleek."
posted by modernserf at 7:12 AM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

I love the art in "A Dream of a Thousand Cats."
posted by 256 at 7:25 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Edward Gorey drew a lot of cats. Specifically Dancing Cats and Neglected Murderesses, as well as other drawings and publications and one offs.

Seconding Hallmarks of Felinity - Brooke McEldowney captures it very well.
posted by MuffinMan at 7:26 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh, and Warhol's cats are pretty great too.
posted by 256 at 7:27 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'm partial to Théophile Alexandre Steinlen's cats.
posted by usonian at 7:44 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

I love Pusheen. (Site seems to down right now but here's an alternate.)

On preview: Ack, other people love Pusheen, too? CRAZY.
posted by Sayuri. at 7:46 AM on October 26, 2012

Cat versus Human (and Pusheen).
posted by hooray at 8:04 AM on October 26, 2012

Custard, the sarcastic pink cat from Roobarb.
posted by scruss at 8:12 AM on October 26, 2012

Jeffrey Brown does a really good job of capturing some of the odd little cat mannerisms that are so funny. That first book is the best one.

I am in the middle of reading Brandon Graham's King City right now, so I'm loving Earthling. He has great facial expressions, though there aren't a ton of "action shots." But, fat kitty!! Sleek cats still need some of those super-adorable fat kitty moves, like the belly flop.
posted by Fui Non Sum at 8:15 AM on October 26, 2012

posted by Ziggy500 at 8:50 AM on October 26, 2012

I really like the way James Kochalka draws cats, especially his cat Spandy (scroll down for examples).
posted by dlugoczaj at 8:50 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Echo by Celeste Gagnon.
posted by BrashTech at 9:05 AM on October 26, 2012

Came here to say Pusheen, Brandon Graham's King City cats, Hobbes, and Kolchalka's Cat. But it's all done already. Good work, Internet.

As for animated cats, how about Kiki's cat in Kiki's Delivery Service? Or cats from The Aristocats or other Disney movies with cats (101 Dalmatians, Lady & the Tramp).
posted by sleeping bear at 10:08 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Esther Averill's Cat Club books have some of the most charming cat drawings anywhere.
posted by brookeb at 10:15 AM on October 26, 2012

A Cat in Paris - it's a 2012 Academy Award animated film nominee, and I have no idea why I didn't hear about it until just last week. It's available for rental on iTunes, so you should be able to see it somehow.

It might be perfect for you, too. Rooftops! Jewelry thieving! A cat with a double life as a cuddly little girl's companion and a night-time adventurer! The cat animation looks good, from what I can see, but old-school, so you don't need a computer to do it.

It looks like an awesome film anyway, so probably lots of people will want to see it.
posted by amtho at 11:05 AM on October 26, 2012

These are my favorite Edward Gorey cats.
posted by oneirodynia at 11:43 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

I like S.D. Schindler's cats from the Catwings series. Especially Jane on Her Own.

Also, Garth Williams' Harry Cat - or any of them really - probably because he's so good at drawing fuzzy!
posted by peagood at 11:47 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Ming, Deb Aoki's kitty from the Bento Box comic strip.
posted by honey badger at 1:55 PM on October 26, 2012

Mooch from Mutts.
posted by TG_Plackenfatz at 6:28 PM on October 26, 2012

Annnd then there's Fat Freddy's Cat... (nsfw!)
posted by drhydro at 9:19 PM on October 26, 2012

For jumping cats, I like the little hops taken by the cat in the Chat Noir flash game. For drawn cats in general, I love the work of Dahlov Ipcar (she does wonderful animals of many sorts) and the aforementioned Edward Gorey.
posted by Orinda at 10:09 PM on October 26, 2012

I draw a comic about a cat. I never made a model or character sheet though.
posted by charles kaapjes at 3:30 AM on October 27, 2012

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