Two Birthdays: Pusheen Cats and a Grandpa

Yesterday, Saturday, I celebrated two people’s birthdays (my friend Francesca and my paternal grandpa, who turned 80) and made two birthday cards.

Since Francesca is a big fan of Pusheen the Cat (the chubby little feller on Facebook) and we often communicated with each other using those cat emojis, I drew her a bunch of Pusheen Cats. I sketched the images first with a pencil, traced over them with an ultra fine-point black Sharpie, and colored them in with Faber-Castell color pencils. I added a bunch of bats as well, since Francesca loves those critters too.

Close-up.

Close-up.

The card.

The card.

I presented it to her during her birthday high tea. We felt just as fancy as we looked.

She's such a darling. I also gave her that charm bracelet.

She’s such a darling. I also gave her that charm bracelet.

Thank you for the photo, birthday girl.

Thank you for the photo, birthday girl.

For my grandpa, I drew a caricature of him using a photo β€” which prompted him to comment that his cartoon was wearing his old pair of glasses.

It’s about 7 inches tall; I colored and masking-taped it over to make it sturdy, waterproof, and so other relatives can sign their birthday greetings on the back without the ink bleeding through. With some folded up paper and tape, I also made it a base and backing so the cartoon could stand up.

grandpa

I wasn’t done with it by the time dinner rolled around so I was cutting tape and fixing its edges at the restaurant with my big ol’ scissors and giant masking-tape roll.

The man on the left is my grandpa. Do you see his cartoon self on the table?

The man on the left is my grandpa. Do you see his cartoon self on the table?

He liked it.

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