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2021 State of the Kitties

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Including some things about the artist after the cat picspam!

Though it does need the preface that I’ve successfully moved across the country, so there are now SIX cats instead of two to update you on!

photo of a chonky black cat asleep on a pillow

Poddleston/Naps = OTP

Pod, the OG kitty of my pair, is up first! He is adjusting to winter by sleeping a lot, either on the heating pad or under the covers, or occasionally in front of the space heater in my room. He mostly just lives in my room, but he’s getting more and more brave on the occasions I hide their food bowl from cats 3-6 and leave my bedroom door open for him. The sound of bagels being toasted is still a guaranteed draw!

He’s still got a lot of kitty anxiety, but he’s slowly getting used to the other humans in this house, and seems to find Mal the familiar kitty face, though Gramsci is starting to win him over by being a harmless muppet. Dan and his magical cat whisperer powers has actually gotten Pod to come to him for pets a time or two, especially when the multi-cat Feliway diffusers have just been refilled.

A poll of the household agreed he is the most spoiled of all 6 cats, so do not worry for him. He’s being taken good care of.

a lynx point siamese cat peeking out from under the covers

Malfeasance does not believe winter should be allowed

Mal absolutely loves having a whole house to sniff and explore! She even is starting to make friends with the two muppet cats, playing with Gramsci and trying to figure out playing with our nervous ex-feral, Raccoon. She’s definitely adjusted better than Pod, but she still prefers to be on the Amy side of any door if that’s the choice she’s being given. She also takes a lot of naps in the bedroom with Pod, and they definitely have a solidarity thing going against the strange new world.

She has a harness for eventual walkies, but even though I got her somewhat used to it beforehand, the moment her paws hit the cold porch she ZOOMED back inside. A very indignant NOPE! She keeps trying to want outside, but outside keeps being A Temperature That Should Not Exist to her California-bred mind. Other than that, though, she’s really just become one of the kitties, sleeping with me but otherwise happy to roam around if I’m out of my hermit cave.

photo of a black cat asleep in a sunbeam

Gramsci the harmless muppet

Gramsci gets away with so much by being too dumb not to know it’s a bad idea, lol. He is the sweetest, most harmless boy. He’s the one who ventures into my room the most, although he’s mostly in it for the food he’s not allowed to have (he’s on a prescription diet) and the warms he is totally allowed to share. He’s the one who plays chase and incompetently play fights with a hyper Mal, and also manages to sniff Pod without distressing him too much. He’s the same age as Pod (12) and they’re very opposite but both lovely sweet old men.

photo of a grey and white cat looking deeply offended

Lenin the grumpy old man

This is Lenin! He is also 12. He hates all other kitties but maybe not Gramsci. But really, he is not happy about there being six cats, and will commit pee crimes to let everyone know. Fortunately he’s also very loveable, just a huge cuddler and very into pets and purring, and thus is forgiven despite his criminal nature. He’s kind of hissy at the other cats when the multi-cat calming stuff runs low, so Lenin being a dick is how we know to check them.

photo of a white cat with tabby patches sleeping

Raccoon, nervous but oh so fluffy

Raccoon is one of the two young ladies of the house! They are about 2 years younger than Mal, and this one used to be a feral in a fighty cat colony, as evidenced by her one bitten-off ear tip. Yowch. She is very very food-oriented, but also once she settles in your lap no amount of shifting or fidgeting will convince her to move. If you get Raccooned, you live there now and there is no escape.

She wants to play fight, but is really, really bad at it — she has managed it with Gramsci pretty well, but she and Mal are still working on it. They’ll figure it out someday, though.

photo of a tabby cat peeking around a corner

Carmilla, not a cat person

And the shyest of the bunch, Carmilla! She looooves pets, but is just not interested in other cats at all, thank you very much. Once she figured out that living mostly in one person’s room was allowed, she took up residence in the kid’s room and began insisting on taking her meals upstairs where the other cats won’t stare hungrily as she takes her time finishing. She will cuddle and purr up a storm with a willing human, but flees at the first hint another cat might consider interacting with her.

Ironically they got her from the shelter with Raccoon because the shelter said the two had bonded, but once they got a forever home, turns out nope. No they had not. But they both seem content here, well-fed, well-loved, warm and happy.

Just like all of the kitties!

a lynx point siamese cat and a black cat cuddling on a pillow

Malware & Podzilla vs the world

And now for your artist news…

I’m still alive, for one thing! Despite all of the extreme drama at the end of 2020 (not just on a national level, but a personal one in a much more stressful way), I am still not dead yet. Heh.

I live in upstate New York now, not the city, where the Cost of Living is about half for housing/food/etc. I moved in with my friends the Drs. Tags, a pair of wonderful poli sci profs and giant nerds. We don’t share a brain precisely, but there are definitely brain cells being shared around. Dr. Dan is a punk full of piercings and tats, with pink (soon to be blue?) hair, and a barber he was willing to share. Dr. Corinne is a fangirl nerd, and the one I knew much better before moving — it turns out internet friends are real people! They have a kid who I get along with pretty well, and who is old enough not to be too annoying and young enough to not be a teen yet. Expect to hear little about kid, for internet privacy reasons.

I’ve got my room kitted out with some nice furniture, including an antique dresser I found online and a modest and very climbable cat tree for his chonkiness. Once I get a few more decorations up, I’ll post a few pics, but it’s warm and cozy and I’m working on making it functional for more than just sleeping, heh. All of my boxes and stuff arrived safely and the majority of the unpacking that’s going to be done right away is done now. Whew!

a photograph out a window of trees in winter

It’s winter out there, all right. Good thing I don’t leave the house!

Perhaps a bit about art?

I’m back to making art! My Etsy shop is all caught up finally, and right now I’m concentrating on getting my giant backlog of Patreon sketch cards done. I have finished one new painting since I got here, Concentric 8, and it’s already sold to one of my Patreon supporters. My commissions queue is also super full, but I’m finally starting to get a rhythm going with getting work done vs family time vs introvert time.

You’ll see some posts soon with new sketch cards and that one painting, and I plan to get a few more art pieces done as well. I’ve got another odd little abstract that’s 90% done, and an underwater tentacle painting that’s mostly ready to go, too. I’m going to keep offering first dibs on Patreon, so if you want to be in on the first wave, you can pledge there for as little as $1/month or <$11/year. That’s my main source of rent money right now, too, so it’s a great way to help an artist out in a very affordable way.

detail photo of a purple abstract painting with concentric circles of shiny dots

Concentric 8, detail, sold

PS – all these images are from my Instagram, because I was never gonna post this if there was photoshop involved. It’s a better year than last year, but it’s still 2021 here, too. Stay safe, cats, kittens, & kiddies!

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State of the Cats: 2020

Monday, January 20th, 2020

2019 was a weird cat year for me, with losing Belladonna and gaining Formaldehyde. Pod, I think, would agree — as soon he was off B’s weight gain dry food, he slimmed down and has become practically svelte again, but the blood tests show he’s healthy, just getting a much better diet for his age and circumstances.

Pod turned 11 in September and is officially an Elder Kitty now, and Mallow will be 3 in April, putting her firmly in the young adult category. She’s not a kitten or even a teen anymore, but it’s still a lot more energy than I’m used to. Pod, too, has suddenly had to deal with another cat who wants to play and make friends instead of sleep and seethe.

And now for the part you’ve been waiting for: cat pics!

I can never move again. Formaldehyde has colonized me.

smackypaws!

is this really necessary?

don’t you wuv me?

she’s behind me, isn’t she?

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Inktober 2019, part 3

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

October continued to be Peak 2019, and the Floating Gallery happened before this, the final round-up of my successful Inktober. Thanks for all your patience and support!

an ink wash painting of a cracked gravestone with an ashy handprint blowing away in the wind by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 23: Ancient, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper

an ink drawing of a dizzyingly detailed spiderweb by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 24: Dizzy, 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink on ACEO

an ink drawing of an imaginary sausage menu by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 25: Tasty, 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip, nfs

an ink drawing of a black cat yawning by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 26: Dark (aka “the yawning void”), 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink on ACEO

an ink drawing of Eevee in a lab coat and goggles by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 27: Coat, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip, nfs

an ink wash painting of a capybara being ridden by a toad by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 28: Ride, 3.5″x2.5″ brush & ink on ACEO, nfs

an ink wash painting of a nude Winter Soldier sitting on a stool, back to the audience, by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 29: Injured, 2.5″x3.5″ ink wash on ACEO

an ink wash painting of a tiny iron man falling into tentacles by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 30: Catch, 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink and ink wash on ACEO

an ink drawing of a banana, two kiwis, and a peach by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 31: Ripe, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip

Abbreviation decoder ring!

  • wip = work in progress, ie, I’m probably going to color some or all of the drawing before it’s really done
  • nfs = not for sale, ie, it’s a Patreon sketch and already belongs to someone else
  • ACEO = Artist Card, Edition Original, also known as ATC or Artist Trading Card when traded rather than sold, which is a standard size I use for all my Patreon sketches these days

Want to get your own sketches, dibs on art, or just feel the warm glow of being part of my community of supporters? Head over to Patreon and pick a tier to get started! There’s also bonus cat photos sometimes, if that helps.

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Inktober 2019, part 2

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

It’s been quite the October for me, so I’m afraid part 2 is late and long, and part 3 will round out the month for you next week. Thanks for all your patience and support!

an ink drawing of a tiny dragon in a cup of dragonwell tea by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 12: Dragon, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip, nfs

an ink wash painting of a headless ghost leaving ashy footprints behind him by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 13: Ash, 5″x7″ brush and ink on paper

an ink wash painting of ashy footsteps going up to an overgrown structure by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 14: Overgrown, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper

an ink wash painting of a graveyard with a headless ghost moving through the fog by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 15: Legend, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper

an ink wash painting of an ornamental barette in long hair by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 17: Ornament, 3.5″x2.5″ brush and ink on ACEO card, sold

an ink drawing of a black cat in a sassy pose by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 18: Misfit, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO bristol

a chibi ink drawing of Bucky Barnes in a speedo holding a Captain America beach ball by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 19: Sling, 3″x3″ pen and ink on paper, wip

an ink drawing of a cat stepping on some poor dude's balls by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 20: Tread, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO bristol

an ink drawing of a lounging man in a corset bedecked with jewellery by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 21: Treasure, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO watercolor card, wip, nfs

an ink drawing of a ghost cat in a witch hat by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 22: Ghost, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO bristol, sold

Abbreviation decoder ring!

  • wip = work in progress, ie, I’m probably going to color some or all of the drawing before it’s really done
  • nfs = not for sale, ie, it’s a Patreon sketch and already belongs to someone else
  • ACEO = Artist Card, Edition Original, also known as ATC or Artist Trading Card when traded rather than sold, which is a standard size I use for all my Patreon sketches these days

Want to get your own sketches, dibs on art, or just feel the warm glow of being part of my community of supporters? Head over to Patreon and pick a tier to get started! There’s also bonus cat photos sometimes, if that helps.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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May & June 2019 Patreon Sketches, part 1

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

drawings of a black cat, good omens, spider-man, gollum, captain america, and merlock holmes

ACEO sketches by Amy Crook for Patreon, May-June 2019, part 1

July is nearly over and I’m finally posting my Patreon sketches from May & June! In part 1, we have:

  • Pod in all his chonky glory for Eric
  • Good Omens for Corinne
  • Twilight Zone Spidey for Roxanne
  • Gollum hiding in the hot tub for Jeff
  • Meditate for Roxanne
  • Steve Rogers for Corinne, doing his Captain America is Disappointed in You face
  • Merlock Holmes, as a ribbon eel

Want one of your own? There’s still time to get in on July’s request post, or you can wait until the 1st and request an August sketch!

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State of the Kitties 2019

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

she smol. he chonky. photo of two kitties of varying size.

Belladonna and Podsworth are both still with me! She has lost a lot of weight because of her hyperthyroidism but is hanging on by sheer force of will (and meds). He has gained weight due to middle-aged spread, and also eating her diet. He’s about 2.5 times her weight now, and while it’s not super obvious at first glance, you can sure feel the difference picking them up. Oof.

photo of a tiny diluted torti sleeping

Belladonna is 16 and a half now, and taking advantage of every single bit of spoiling that allows her. She’s got heating pads, cat stairs, wet food, broth, beef baby food, and she’s still an angry little waffle demanding I turn the faucet on for her to drink from. On the other hand, she sleeps on my chest sometimes and is smol and floof and I will miss her terribly when she finally shrinks to nothingness. She’s 30% tail and 70% grumpy, but still very pretty and lovable!

either a black cat or the void

Podzilla there is in my spot, the little jerkface. He’s hit 10 which makes him officially also an elderly cat, but aside from the chonkification he’s pretty much the same as ever. He loves three things in life, cheese, feet, and pets. He’s currently asleep on my feet, because I was fidgeting too much to keep petting him when he was trying to sleep on my tummy. Both of them have deep resentment of my laptop and smartphone and would like to put in an op ed to the NYT except they aren’t allowed to use the computer. Woe.

kitties do not like the holidays

Happy New Year from Thing One and Thing Two!

Santa says Ho Ho Ho but Bellaboo says No No No. For the record, the offending ribbon has been banished to someone’s holiday gift, and neither one of them was willing to wear it longer than the photo.

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Inktober 2018: Week 1

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Autumn winds are blowing and fire season is almost over, which means not only October, Halloween, and Pumpkin Spice, but Inktober! I’m doing one ink drawing per day all month, pulling from a number of prompt lists. This year I’m doing everything in the Artist’s Trading Card size of 3.5″x2.5″ and sticking to black and white with the occasional cheat of grey.

pen and ink drawing of a blindfolded, dancing Naga spattered with blood

Inktober 1: Poisonous

pen and ink drawing of a coffee cup

Inktober 2: Too Early for Jeff

pen and ink drawing of 3 flying crows

Inktober 3: Crows

ink word art: do it for SPITE

Inktober 4: Spite for Corinne

pen and ink drawing of a grim reaper with a crow skull and claw

Inktober 5: Death

pen and ink drawing of a squid with the word sepoiod

Inktober 6: Sepioid for Blaine
yes, we know it’s spelled wrong

pen and ink drawing of a sleeping black cat

Inktober 7: Exhausted

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