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Catch the Cat by beastofoblivion Catch the Cat by beastofoblivion
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So when we were little there was this unspoken rule that you couldn't go into our parents' room when one or the other was napping. See, we were noisy little mischief-makers and we knew if we woke them up we'd get yelled at. Well, our cat seemed to know this too, because every time he got tired of us chasing him around he'd run in there and either hide under the bed or jump up next to mom or dad. You might think that would be the end of it, but it usually wasn't. Undeterred, we came up with missions to retrieve the cat without waking up our parent(s). This usually meant that one of us had to bite the bullet and sneak in there, tiptoe-ing or crawling across the creaky floor while the three of us left would wait in the hallway for the cat to come running out.

Ah, good times. :heart:

Was again slightly hesitant about posting this, but moreso because it's personal more then anything else. I've pretty much decided not to use it in the Lock book - there's quite a bit of issues (proportion, perspective, rendering, whatever) that weren't resolved properly, but the biggest thing was that the scene/event is more from my own life and less from a Lock's. But I do love it so. XD

Marker and colored pencils on 14x17" Vellum.
Artwork & Kiflits © Allison Theus 2005
Lockjaws TM/© Allison Theus
You may not alter, redistribute, or reproduce this artwork in any way, shape, or form. You may not use the Lockjaws in any way, shape, or form.

Ps. That's not a cat sitting there. It's a Kiflit. But you'll find out more about them later. :)
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FlyingFire Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
Good god, what were you doing, sleeping with catnip pillows? Lol. :rofl:
sarah-kun Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
haha that's so cute! i love the idea. sounds like fun X3
carmelpixie Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
That's so cute. I remember doing stuff like that with my brother when I was younger. I especially like the little Lock in the bottom left with the tongue sticking out!
wolfofmibu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
uh, since you said no critique... mine was good, but anyways. I think it would look really good in a golden elaborate frame on the wall in a sophisticated room with dark colors such as are used in this piece. Anyways... I like it.
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
AHAHAH! Omg! I remember doing that when I was little too! Creeping past the sleeping parent, freezing every time they'd move or snort or snore, and then going after the blasted cat that would curl up CLOSER to them! *flails*

But really, I'm very glad you posted this. It looks... a bit different then your usual. The colors are nearly addicting, as is the smoothness of your shading. Marker on vellum? How is that? I don't think I've ever used vellum for anything more than wedding invitations *chuckles* Lovely as usual m'dear.
CuddlyDemon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
For some reason, I gave those kids a look and thought "OH GOD THEY'RE GONNA EAT THE KITTY!!"
Skreel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006   Digital Artist
The poor kiflit looks horrified :XD:

Your colouring is too amazing. I cannot figure out how you do this without it turning into a smudgey mess. I love the detailing, especially in the pillars. The muscles are teh love.
Rickbw1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2006

VERY WELL DONE :thumbsup:
Dokuro Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006
Awww <X3 this is just so cute..and somewhat creepy at the same time :|... but thats a good thing XD :heart: So many details/so much to look at *stares at your picture* :wow: :eyepopping: :eye::eye: .... the lil ones look so adorable X33 Must huggle them all XD :hug: ... its so cool how you made them look shiny like that :D .. almost reminds me of oil o.o :poke: XD and Damn XD i thought that was a cat when i first saw it XD my bad lol ... Awesome Picture :w00t:
sugarpeep Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous. That sounds so mission impossible! :D love it. You must come up this way to participate in mischief with Sparkle and I>:D
ShadowDragon252 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
Gotta love the paranoid look on the kiflit's face... the humor of this pic is great...and your coloring is awesome! =)
Sereda Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
Gorgeous. I love the colours and the expression on that poor kitty's face. Wonderful stuff :)
EveShifter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
that is so awesome! I love the little one sticking his tongue out. I remember playing a similar game with my lil sis... only we would dare each other to take stuff out of their headboard.
Dragonis-Tay-Tay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
That's so sweet, poor widdle kitty looks terrified hehe.
Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative! ^_^ My dad works nights so I know this senario all to well... lol XD I love the face on the one that's trying to get the fuzz ball cat. lol XD *I have four cats so one's always sneaking around the houce somewhere or other... lol XD
tetsuo211 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :)
Maxrunn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
that is awonferful story. I can definetly relate.
shar-vampire Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
Wonderful as always ^^
dc01taylor Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006

I want an inkling...
T-Mike-T Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
Hey, very amusing! :D :lmao:
Pepius Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
Nice little story :)

And great colors on the image :thumbsup:
WaiLik Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
incredibly well done...MmMmm lunch
yupkitokkie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
Awww the baby lockjaws are so cute. And the kitty is awesome too. I do wonder what would happen if the parent were to wake up. Run baby lockjaws! ^^
vasdrakken Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
this was really cool I have no idea what my old devient tag was but I signed a new one up to post cool work :)
the colors remind me of dr suess
katarthis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
They always told me to "write what you know". I think painting works the same way sometimes. This is so very cool, and even better because it IS you and your heart is into it even more than usual. Sweet piece.

Daroneasa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, we did the same thing. O.O
So very adorable, I love the way you colored it.
bananazoko Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
Ahaha. The kiflit is like.. "Hells no!" So whimsical.
SizzyBubbles Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fun game! Cats are da bomb.
I like the look of the sleeping Lock's face. Kinda like a mix of snake/sleeping cat-like.
Schmedderling Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
Whatever the black creatures are, they're awsome and I love them. I just wish I could see more of the fully grown one...
LaGuillotine Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
Aww, baby lockjaws:heart: Love the kiflit thing's eyes. It looks so terrified:giggle:
Fantasy-Visions Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
It may be a personal moment, but its cool that you posted this.
It's funny and kinda cute. :)

Serenesabine Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
I think there's very cool history to this picture, its nice to have such little things that are just your own ^_^
I think the artwork is amazing! The poor cat looks worried though :tears:
diodki Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
man crasy pic, but its awsome!!
Silvolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, sounds like you had lots of fun when you were younger! Its a cute picture, I like it. Especially the little Lock with it's tongue out!
powlomad100 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
i played this game with my brother and my cousins...although it wasn't a cat, but by baby cousin (baby at the time).
i really like the use of your own personal experience and combining it with the locks. very cool idea.
and is the lock who's trying to grab the kiflit smaller than the others? because it was always me (the smallest) who had to do everything =P

im babbling now. i like it a lot.
Akaila-DaReal Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
Awww ^//^ That´s so cuteee <3 I really love that pic. Run kitty run! *loves liddle cats*
Guy56732 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
Those little ones are cute :aww:
theblackwillow Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
great work
GoatMilk Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
what a cute little story behind this one, I love the personal touch this has- it's very endearing
ArcticLoneWolf Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how that little one is about to grab a clawful of cat!
Senaru Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
xDDDDDDDDDD as the owner of three cats, I am familiar with the whole 'planning the capture' thing X3.....O.o most of which ocurred during the middle of the night XDDD.......*falls over* xD......I love this XDDD
furryphotos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005  Professional Photographer
hehe the baby lockjaws are soo cute :D
DragoniaKMP Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005  Student
Stunning detail and coloring!

Poor kitty, I like its expression and the young lock who's sticking out his tongue!
furrieanimals Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
yeahhhh the cat didn't look like a cat to me the 2nd time i looked at it xD gots a greeeeen tail! this is adorable~~<33
xXxWickedRagexXx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
Sounds like fun.
Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
This is hilarious. :> It reminds me a LOT of the chases I did with the cats in my own young days.
soxfox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
Haha, that makes the cockles of my heart all warm and fuzzy :3 It reminds me of the christmas adventures my two older sisters and I would have trying to wake up mom and dad. Dad was scary to wake up; so the sisters would always recruit me to do it XD

I love how you colored this; the colors are rich and the paper doesn't peak through the colors. This must be favorited!
CircleA61 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
Good stuff as always.
FalconMcCooper Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
Oh, this is really good. I though my family was the only one that did this - thanks for taking a load off my mind! If I'm going to be weird, I always want at least one other person to be weird with me, or else it feels - weird. Whatever. So - thanks for sharing, Ali!

On a side note, I do so love your new metallic-style coloring of the lockjaws. It may not be realistic, but it looks very cool.

~Falcon Mc.
Daimera Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
That's just adorable. XD I love all the little expressions, even on the kitty. Great little backstory on that, too, I know how that feels! XD The trying not to wake the parents up in fear of being yelled at bit.
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