Meet Serif!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I don't think I've ever properly introduced my new coworker...


He's a 6 month old satin–black kitten with a small white star on his chest, and a keen eye for art. He crits my sketches, purrs nonstop and drinks my watercolor water when I'm not looking. He also keeps me on task. When I am honestly working, he sleeps like a baby; when I am fiddling around on the internet, he glares and meows. How DOES he know I'm on Facebook?

I named him Serif, Seri for short. He has a slightly too-long tail for the rest of him which is always curled upright, like the tiny thing on the end of a letter. I guess a "serif", in the typography sense, serves the purpose of readability –allowing letters to flow into words as you read them. I just thought they made them fancy. Serif has made my little life a lot more fancy. And he only drinks water out of glasses, not a bowl, which is much fancier.


Seri came from a local shelter, runt of the litter, but full of heart and gumption. He was the last to be taken home of his brothers and sisters (sad truth behind Emily's sad black-cat story?) Now I can't remember what this little world was like without him!



Today he was using my book dummy pages as a slip-and-slide using it as a landing strip on his crazed flight from the front door into the bedroom, screeching like a little owl. We make a good team. Most of the time he wants to cuddle and play, two things that are excellent for producing a painting. Together we are making some good art. Some sketches:









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9 comments:

Jackie Parker said...

oh! The curiosity in his eyes in that last sketch! yay!

e.b. goodale said...

I pretty much just put up a whole post on my blog just to show you these black cat illustrations by William Stobbs that look very much like the ones you did of Serif.

I can't wait to meet him in person! And you have to meet Christopher. You will by overwhelmed by fluff.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Oh Serif is beautiful! I love this post. The name is perfect and I love that he drinks your watercolor water.. any favorite color in the water? That is too much. I can already tell you two will be long time pals.. :o)

Lauren Castillo said...

Super cute! And what a great name :-)

golden girl said...

cute! love the sketches joo-lia :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent report. But unless I misread your post — keep him away from the watercolor water! Cadmium and all the other toxic metals in paints are certifiably not for cats!

Julia Denos said...

Thanks for the concern, anonymous! We are working on it...and to quell immediate fear, the washable inks I am using are all cad-free. Hopefully cat-free soon!

Annie said...

Thanks for the story! Animals are so awesome. I love the name too!

Lali Cristina said...

Ilove cats! I love Serif specially the water color!I love your blog also, I found today as a good day to say it and for you to find out I'm your frecquent reader =)
It's funny the spices and animals? I'm vanilla cat =)
Keep on the great work!
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Laura