Shade the cat is a fearless feline who scales red rocks and once even stared down a coyote. This month, our kitty illustrator, Liz Cox, captured Shade’s courageous spirit in the stylized drawing featured below.
When drawing one of her stunning illustrations, Cox says it helps to know a little about the cat’s story so she can add details that are unique to the cat and truly encapsulate the kitty’s spirit.
“I wanted to create an illustration that shows how Shade is both a strong and elegant cat, and I think you can really see that here,” she told Adventure Cats.
Occasionally, Cox says she’ll even include a little something special, such as in this previous illustration where she hid the stone of an engagement ring because the kitten was part of a marriage proposal.
In addition to drawing inspiration from the individual kitties she’s sketching, Cox also looks to nature for ideas.
“The first thing I do before starting a new illustration is go on a long hike and take pictures of patterns and cool shapes I find in nature,” she said. “I always feel inspired after breathing in fresh air.”
Liz Cox is available to do a stylized drawing of your kitty ??regardless of whether your cat climbs mountains or simply climbs into your lap. Check out her website for contact information and follow her on Instagram.