This is Luci, which is short for Lucifur, which is short for Demon Overlord. Luci tolerates her human, @pimpdaddyswegcopter, but only in the way a creature with no love in her heart can. Here she wears a bejeweled crown, the symbol of her title as Queen of the Underworld.
Hazelnut the kitty thinks more cats should be wearing the bergère, an 18th-century hat, which some say is named after Madame Bergeret, who is shown holding one of them in her 1766 portrait by François Bouchet. It's more likely the name comes from the French word bergère, which means shepherdess. The wide-brim protects against the harmful rays of the sun, a necessary attribute for those working outdoors. The bergère was also known as the milkmaid's hat, making it even more perfect for female felines everywhere.
On January 15th,1797, John Hetherington stirred a riot in the streets of London and earned himself a £500 fine. Why? Because--for the first time ever--he wore something he is credited with inventing: the top hat! According to newspaper accounts, women fainted, children screamed, dogs ran away in terror. One child is said to have been trodden on by the panicked crowd. Hetherington was hauled into court for wearing "a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people." Caution: this story may or may not be true. What is true is how smashing Kato the cat looks in his top hat.
A fun conversation yesterday with a delightful young woman who dressed her cats in hats started me thinking: What if I told the history of hats, with cats? We all know most cats are reluctant to get dressed up, even if they do have somewhere to go, and that includes my younger son's cat Kibbles. Here she wears a recreation of one of the first pictorial depictions of a hat, which was found in a tomb painting from Thebes, Egypt, and shows a young man wearing a conical straw hat. Okay, so maybe it didn't look exactly like this hat ...
This is a Sungazer, or Giant Girdled Lizard, or Giant Dragon Lizard. In 2011 it was given the genus name Smaug for the character Smaug, in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Gee, I wonder why.
I hate this drawing, but it's all I've got today, and I learned a lesson—one I continue to learn: Learn from my mistakes! What are my mistakes? Bad drawing, poor color choices, overworked, lazy composition, trying too hard, wanting to make it a pretty drawing. That last is fatal. The fewer preconceived notions I have going in, the better the final product, and I was loaded with them. The perfectionist in me didn't want to show it, but the realist in me overruled. Some days are better (or worse) than others.
So ... I got so wrapped up in finishing the farmhouse kitchen interior I once again forgot to draw something new. Instead I give you one from the archives. It's a cow. Tomorrow I will return to our regular programming with another Smaug.
I based Smaug One on a photo of Benedict Cumberbatch performing the motion capture moves for the CG creature in the film. Wasn't entirely happy with it, so I did another quick sketch. Smaug Two is below.
A Daily Cute
A cute new drawing