Bonjour, and welcome to The Ugly Cat!
My name is Catherine, and I’m the creative mind behind the cat.
It all started with Russell, the original ugly cat. He was so sweet, and I always thought he was handsome, but sadly, it wasn’t a popular opinion. He was white with unfortunately placed gray spots. One day, a lady came over to repair our oven, and when she saw him, exclaimed: “My god, he’s so strange, so ugly, it looks like they ran out of paint when they made him!” And it stuck, he was now the ugly cat.
When I was 17 or 18, I made a quick doodle of Russell who was sleeping on the couch. My mom kept it on a pin board in the kitchen for years, and it always stayed in the back of my mind.
Cue more than 20 years, an art degree, traditional animation degree, and a 3D animation degree, a 15 years career in VFX and a pandemic later, I’m rethinking my life choices. With the previously mentioned doodle in mind, I decided to finally take the leap and start my illustration business.
When I told my mom about it, she went to the basement and came back with the drawing! She had kept it for all these years, and it’s now in my hands, framed.
The Ugly Cat, It’s a place where you can find a range of illustrations, from cats to everything else, for kids and everyone else.
Thanks, and see you around!