Sailor the Cat Project

In early 2016, my cat, Sailor, inspired me to begin entertaining the idea of writing and illustrating a children’s book featuring him. In dreaming up a concept for this book, I decided to build Sailor a bed in the form of a sailing ship. My plan was to not only design and build the ship/bed to provide a comfy place for him to sleep, but also to serve as a concept/marketing tool for the book. I am very pleased with the result and hope you enjoy it too—along with my a preview of concept art for  ‘The Adventurous Tail of Sailor the Cat’.

Please follow Sailor’s Instagram—iamsailorthecat for updates.

 

Ship Construction Process 


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Phase I:  Concept Approval—After sketching a rough concept of the bed, initial construction began under Sailor vigilant supervisor.
Phase II:  Ship Detailing—This phase involved fine tuning the ship’s look with the addition of railing,  an anchor chain system, and additional nautical decor.
Phase III:  Ship Painting—Once the more tedious details were complete, I began painting  and creating the sails.
Ship Painting (continued)
Phase IV:  Operational Checks—After all painting was complete, the Kitty Hawk’s main sails were rigged so that Sailor could perform a few operational checks, i.g., scouting for birds, squirrels, and other passers-by.
Phase V: Christening & Maiden Voyage—Sailor is ready to set sail.

 

Concept sketches and other imagery for the story book


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Updated Story Title
Character Study

 

Photo Update and Fun Moments with the SS Kitty Hawk 


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Christmas 2016
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Preparing to Get Underway
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Sailor Teaching Arlee the Ropes
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Setting Course
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Sailor salutes the Ensign before coming aboard.
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Welcome Aboard

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