Saturday, June 30, 2012
I've been reading about the history of the portrayal of the cat in art. (I recommend the book. I got it for under 10 dollars from a discount retailer at a street festival, and it's full of great images.) It's highlighted quite an ambivalence in our relationship with the species. Naturally (being the way I am), I identified a kinship between the cat and Loki -- the trickster of the Norse gods, whom Marvel has done quite a fabulous job of making en vogue right now. (I was falling in love with Loki before he had a bandwagon...Just sayin'.) I entered this piece in Mightyfine's "Marvel Villains" T-shirt design contest, but for whatever reason, it didn't pass the approval of Marvel's licensors. Maybe they thought the font license would be a problem. (I made sure it was free for commercial use.) Maybe they don't like anthropomorphisms. That wasn't against the rules...but Oh Well. Here's the piece and the T-shirt mock-up; I still enjoy it even though it'll never be printed on a T-shirt.