Cat Craig's Mystical Artworks and Musings

Ask me anything   I have been in love with drawing and creating things most of my life, it started with a huge love of coloring and the goal of coloring as well as mom. I'm inspired by everything from fairy tales and fashion magazines to Japanese artists, manga and dolls. I attended Massachusetts College of Art and graduated in the spring of 2008. Everything posted here are my own original artworks and photos unless otherwise stated (or reblogged.)
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I’ll be joining a ton of other incredable Boston area artists this SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 in Cambridge, MA. I am making a lot of small original drawings and paintings, Prints of my new work and I have 9 different coloring pages. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!

— 1 day ago
#boston artists  #art walk event  #art fair  #cambridge ma  #artist community 

I found a stuffed pastel lolita carousel bunny at Savers a few weeks ago and it was still there when I went back. I picked it up because I felt bad (sun damage on one side. I am a collector of misfit toys. I have an armless Captain Picard that Jen got me for my birthday one year…) and I felt like it would make a good doll display. My pullip Lala is taking it for a ride in the Alice themed area.

I also got all of the things I put on my main display shelf out, but I want to reorganize again soon. I’ve been collecting toys my whole life, I think it had something to do with being in a military family and having to re-make friends all the time, which was not easy. A lot of what I have displayed are gifts from friends and family along some of my favorite purchases.

I used to work at a jewelry store and my earring collection got a little crazy! I made the frame display myself. I’ve had these Japanese dolls since I was a little girl. I got them when we lived in Okinawa (which was around 1993.) The large painting is by Cynthia Liu and the tiny one is by lolitaagogo.

— 4 days ago with 3 notes
#collections  #little things  #nerd house  #cute home  #shelves 
Sun and Moon, commission, 11x14 watercolor and acrylic
Boy dog and pretty boy dragon! I’m having fun giving my friend’s characters life!

Sun and Moon, commission, 11x14 watercolor and acrylic

Boy dog and pretty boy dragon! I’m having fun giving my friend’s characters life!

— 4 days ago with 6 notes
#anthropomorphic  #fantasty art  #cosmic art  #commissioned work  #brony culture 

Today was National Honey Bee Day. It is also Follow the Honey’s 3rd anniversary! It’s really a wonderful store, they do a lot of humanitarian work with bee farms all over the world. They also support local artists more than any small shop I’ve ever seen! I brought them my first batch of products and they were really excited. Hopefully I’ll have prints for them soon. It’s really nice to have some of my work in Harvard Square again. It’s been awhile :D

— 6 days ago with 2 notes
#national honey bee day  #followthehoney  #cambridge ma  #family portrait  #savethebees 

I’m really happy with how this came out. I can sometimes surprise myself and I’m usually up for any challenges my mom gives me! This is for my stepfather’s birthday, he is a big fan of Don Quixote.

I may try to maybe do a little more in the sky near Dulcinea, but I’m not sure what yet…

— 6 days ago
#don quixote  #dulcinea  #Consuegra  #book illustration  #marker art 
A lot of my markers are losing the battle while I color this piece… I am finally going to try refilling the alcohol in a lot of them. While they are making that dreadful and saddest squealing noise across my paper because they are so dry, I think trying to bring a few back to life would be worth it. I know a lot of them still have a lot of pigment left in them. I hope this works because I cannot afford new markers, which is why I switched to watercolors. But lately I am more comfortable using the markers.
I have not inked the title still. I want to work on the layout again. And I feel like I’m missing something on the top there…. Maybe I should put another curtain or something next to Dulcinea? I’m not sure yet.

A lot of my markers are losing the battle while I color this piece… I am finally going to try refilling the alcohol in a lot of them. While they are making that dreadful and saddest squealing noise across my paper because they are so dry, I think trying to bring a few back to life would be worth it. I know a lot of them still have a lot of pigment left in them. I hope this works because I cannot afford new markers, which is why I switched to watercolors. But lately I am more comfortable using the markers.

I have not inked the title still. I want to work on the layout again. And I feel like I’m missing something on the top there…. Maybe I should put another curtain or something next to Dulcinea? I’m not sure yet.

— 1 week ago with 5 notes
#don quixote  #dulcinea  #fighting windmills  #marker art  #art in process 

My don Quixote piece is coming along nicely, I have a long way to go with the inking. I will be drawing most of the details. The windmills in the background are back lit by the setting sun. Don’s cape turns into Dulcinea’s curtain, in his imagination he pictures her giving him her favor in this valiant quest… The rag is stained because she is not actually a fine lady, but a bar wench. I’ve never read this story so interpreting it has been interesting. I’m planning on lettering the chapter title in the blank other corner. It will read:

PART I

CHAPTER VIII

OF THE GOOD FORTUNE WHICH THE VALIANT DON QUIXOTE HAD IN THE TERRIBLE AND UNDREAMT-OF ADVENTURE OF THE WINDMILLS, WITH OTHER OCCURRENCES WORTHY TO BE FITLY RECORDED

— 1 week ago with 2 notes
#don quixote  #fantasty art  #valiant knight  #fighting windmills  #art in progress 

I made “Happy Bee-day” cards for a local honey store we’re friendly with! I hand drew and painted each one (yaaay light tables!) and will be selling them there along with mugs and prints that are bee related.

It’s a fantastic shop in Cambridge, MA called Follow the Honey.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#bee art  #birthday cards  #honeystore  #followthehoney  #savethebees 

These are my self portraits.

The only way I can explain them is vaguely and objectively. Otherwise I am opening a can of worms and my thoughts will just spin and I go way off topic.

I am terrible at verbally and textually expressing myself. Drawing is my coping mechanism. I don’t share everything.

The middle two drawings are the focus of this post. I am sometimes so scared that i may have some sort of debilitating back/body pain issues. I get very localized spots of pain on certain parts of my back. I blame this on my developing boobs at like 11 or 12, as well as a slight scoliosis that was never treated, not even with a back brace. I have essentially been hunched over my whole life.

Fast forward to my 20’s, when I go to doctors and tell them about all these pains I have (all over my body, not just my back) they write me a prescription for horse pill sized ibuprofen and recommend a physical therapist. The physical therapist then “shows” me some exercises (do x amount everyday) and sends me on my way. It has always been like this and it makes me want to cry forever. I cannot sit up straight, my shoulder muscles don’t know how to relax, all of my joints are sore and stiff. My entire body is almost always in some form of pain. Being in a body like this makes it very difficult for me to take action. I know it’s not a weight thing now too. I lost 60lbs in 2012 and I still felt all of these things, some of them more acutely. Aaaaand I’m pretty sure I have some major form of arthritis or some overactive nerve thing on top of it all.

I have not seen a doctor in about 4 years. Maybe 5. I don’t know, I don’t feel like they actually care or try to help me figure out if there is a problem. My only way to express how I sometimes physically feel is through drawings. And it’s actually in everything I do.

I have noticed that I project my disabilities (both diagnosed and not) in all of my artwork. My ladies slouch, I draw eyes everywhere, extra hands and arms would be nice in real life, I hate my feet and hate drawing feet. The women I draw are me in some way, or how I aspire to be. Only with more strength and confidence.

Art helps me relax. Art helps me make friends. It takes my mind off of the pain. But not always. Sometimes I hurt so much that I can’t lay down, sit down or stand up. wtf man? Sleeping is a joke lately. It comes in waves and is usually accompanied by strange dreams. It’s restless.

I put on a good front and I don’t complain verbally very often these days, but this is how I feel.

My coping mechanism when I was younger was masturbating. That topic that’s taboo to talk about. I’m not a prude, but I don’t like to share the sexual aspects of my life. I like to keep the personal personal. However, that painting sums up ME. Sometimes it was the only way I could fall asleep.

I have a good life though and I’m with someone who truly understands what I am going through because she’s going through a lot more than I am.

— 1 week ago with 12 notes
#art therapy  #coping mechanism  #self portrait  #lifestory  #feminine art 
So, I don’t think I ever got around to posting this. My dear friend and amazing artist made this painting of me and Quiggly! I just adore it. I am sad Gillian is on the other side of the country. She’s one of the raddest ladies I’ve ever met and somedays I really wish we could hang out and paint like old times!
I drew her too, but I’m realizing I never posted that either, so here we go :D

So, I don’t think I ever got around to posting this. My dear friend and amazing artist made this painting of me and Quiggly! I just adore it. I am sad Gillian is on the other side of the country. She’s one of the raddest ladies I’ve ever met and somedays I really wish we could hang out and paint like old times!

I drew her too, but I’m realizing I never posted that either, so here we go :D

My drawing of Gillian and her kitty Owl

(Source: lolitaagogo)

— 1 week ago with 6 notes
#Watercolour Illustration  #lolitaagogo  #artist portrait  #friends draw friends  #magical art 

I finally captured that elusive cat beard, sort of. Quiggly is the cutest in the mornings. It’s usually me and him for a little while and he demands a lot of pets and we have meow conversations.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#cat beard  #siberian cat  #domestic cat  #cat lover  #crazycatlady 

"Siren" is finished, and she matches my glasses. Rad.

I need more brads for the other two dolls, but I’m happy I got these gals done for now.

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#paper doll  #paper craft  #artists on tumblr  #mermaid art  #tria markers 
I don’t know if it’s the full moon, but my creative juices are just flowing this weekend. I am working on Siren right now, with her marker swatches. The white galaxy marker is amazing, I think I found my white gel pen alternative finally. 
I wish magical teal mermaids were real.

I don’t know if it’s the full moon, but my creative juices are just flowing this weekend. I am working on Siren right now, with her marker swatches. The white galaxy marker is amazing, I think I found my white gel pen alternative finally.

I wish magical teal mermaids were real.

— 1 week ago with 7 notes
#mermaid art  #marker art  #tria markers  #paper doll  #artwork in progress 

The jointed paper dolls are coming along! Astrid’s legs are pretty silly looking, but it’s ok. I really like how her dress came out.

The mermaid is next, then I need to find more brads so I can work on the Werewolf and the Siamese Twins.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#paper doll  #doll art  #marker art  #artists on tumblr  #fashion illustration 
GMO, 9x10 micron drawing
This pretty much embodies everything I’m all about in my artwork these days. There’s been a lot of repetition both in lines as well as motifs. I don’t really plan these things, they just feel very organic. I only have direct thoughts like Bob Ross. “Oh a little flower here, another vine over there and an extra eye for good luck. And remember, everything is connected!”
Welcome to my brain!

GMO, 9x10 micron drawing

This pretty much embodies everything I’m all about in my artwork these days. There’s been a lot of repetition both in lines as well as motifs. I don’t really plan these things, they just feel very organic. I only have direct thoughts like Bob Ross. “Oh a little flower here, another vine over there and an extra eye for good luck. And remember, everything is connected!”

Welcome to my brain!

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#artists on tumblr  #sakura micron pen  #surreal artwork  #eye art  #Original Artwork