Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 21 - U is for Usher Cat

U is for Usher

Complete with little round hat, white gloves and shiny black shoes. Ahh.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 18 - R is for Rapunzel Cat

R is for Rapunzel Cat

Day 17 - Q is for Quetzal Bird as Cat

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Q is for Quetzal Bird Cat

Trouble with camera, auto-focus, battery pack, photoshop, ... name it and you have the idea.

Aw Heck and Dagnabit! Add Blogspot and Posterous to the list of inanimate things that hate me today.

Here's the photo for Day 17 again, in all its blurry glory, just in case the autopost thing doesn't actually auto-correct itself and make it past the solar flare.

Q is for Quetzal Bird as Cat

So what is a Quetzal bird?

Brilliant green, red and white plumage:

Quetzal Bird
image from

Kicky little buzz cut:

Quetzal Bird Close-up
image from

One of my most favorite things lurking in the jungles of Central America.

Hook On!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 16 - P is for Prisoner

P is for Prisoner


Not really a repeat - this is based on the cartoon type of convict - ball and chain working on the rock pile turning big ones into little ones for no apparent reason. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 14 - N is for Nero

N is for Nero

afiddlin' away as Rome burns


You know, I'm never quite happy with the  way my fires look - just post and hope it works.

Day 13 - M is for Matryoshka

M is for Matryoshka

or perhaps more familiarly:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thing-A-Day 2011 autopost

Finally noticed the autopost function at my TAD blog. Kinda cool. Makes me wish I knew what I was doing with my Facebook and Twitter accounts so I can auto-up to them too.

Day 12 - L is for Lawyer Cat

And what a pain in the butt it was to complete too. The hair just wouldn't cooperate and I ran out of black thread just in time to give the poor possessed looking creature "blond eyelashes". Still, finished. I love you, Photoshop.

tee hee - a new toy.

Hook On!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fortuitous Accident

Hmm. What does it take to appear clever?

I posted the "I" Catphabet critter for Thing-A-Day yesterday and only just noticed today that there is a happy little accident posing as tiny allegedly intentional detail.

I is for Inmate Cat

If you look somewhat closely at the cat's right eye you see a small brownish line transecting the "socket" - like a little bad-ass scar! I think I might just pretend that it was intentional.

What is it really? Well... just between you, me and the server (and anyone with access to a computer that stumbles across us)... I usually use black thread to outline the kitty eyes because it helps define the lighter colors as well as make the eyes stand out:

B is for Box of Cat

...however, it can impart a bit too much of a Vegas showgirl glamour onto the figures - perfect for show folk:

J is for Jester

...but a bit outr'e for the average unwilling guest of the Department of Corrections. All I wanted was to imply the look of your standard, run-of-the-mill, temporary ward of the state.

So I initially outlined the eyes in the same shade of brown that I used on the nose and mouth. No photo, but trust me, it looked rather too bulgy eyed meth head for my purposes. I ripped out the thread and apparently missed a piece that got caught under the right eye itself.

So lazy follow-through and shoddy clean-up result in the creation of a nice little touch. I love not having to be creative or smart to appear clever. Love love love.

Ooooo, but I'm fighting the impulse to go back in and darken the "scar". That's my trouble - a heavy hand for a subtle detail. After all I already photoshopped the holy hell out of the photo to get this far. Those numbers on the chest? Not nearly that legible in stitch. The entire figure is only an inch and a half tall after all.

Original Image

Slightly Monkey-ed With

Whole Hog Monkey-shined

... and that's the best I can do as a photographer.


Oh my, but I have revealed too many of my warts...

Hook On!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cats Out the Wazoo!

Or so it seems.

Being apparently somewhat masochistic in nature, I committed to making a cat-pplique a day for the month of February. To remain accountable, I am doing this under the framework of the Thing-A-Day 2011 challenge website: only during February, only once a year (well... yeah) and only to combat the individual's own commitment issues. Perfect place to give it a go. No rules, no pressure, not even any punitive measures for the slackers at heart (uh huh, me too).

It's been a week now. So far so good. Photos aren't always getting posted before midnight of the actual day, but at least the critters are getting done.

Here's week one as a group:

A through G

They are taking longer and longer to make. I may need to pare down the details and go for the least that suggests the most. Huh? Even I don't fully understand that.

Well, I guess that blithering means that it's time for bed. Another couple of hours hovering in the twilight of sleep running through the alphabet in my mind looking for the next cat to grow from my hook.

Hook On!