painting of a couple cats in the lawn

Vasquez & Ripley

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It's impossible for me to tell these cats apart. They look identical to me.

The only indicator that works for me is that Vasquez is not as shy as Ripley.

The Kid, however, can tell them apart in an instant. They are her cats, after all.

Two years ago I made this digital painting as a gift for The Kid. It was a bit unusual for me, but because it was a gift, I felt free to play around with the composition and make it less a portrait and more an illustration (mainly because I can't tell the damn cats apart).

To add interest, I included some elements personal to The Kid, including her foot.

This was a very fun painting to do, and I enjoyed breaking away from the typical "portrait" kind of look.

Vasquez and Ripley, 2 cats in the lawn

VasRip (18x24, digital). Vasquez is on the top. Or is that Ripley?

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Topdog is Steve Merryman, a retired graphic designer, illustrator, and unrepentant asshole. Steve can usually be found working on a portrait commission or some other artwork. Steve fills his days by painting, writing, shootin' guns, cuttin' trees, hiking with his dogs, and savoring a beer or two, all while searching for the perfect cheeseburger. He studiously avoids social media and is occasionally without pants.

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