The Black Cat

‘The Black Cat’ (2015-16)

Illustration based on Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’ (1843), depicting the cruel narrator’s face-off with the supernatural Black Cat.

I made an effort to emphasise the man’s utter scorn for life, with an expression of fear and rage. These are essentially two demonic figures, one human and quite mundane in his inhumanity, the other with a cold intelligence suggesting much greater power, which makes the man’s fury impotent. The cat has absolute power.

A guilty man’s fear and rage reappear in a more recent drawing, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ – it is a popular theme in Poe’s revenge stories.

Note the numerous subtle references to mortality in the background. Look carefully, I won’t spoil them.

Prints available.

Acrylic on greyboard, 210 x 297 mm.

Daler Rowney FW inks:
Black
Yellow Ochre
Indian Yellow

W&N Galeria Titanium White paint

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0. First draft (pen on corrugated cardboard)

2015-10-26 - Black Cat draft 1024

1. Pencil underdrawing

2015-12-23 - Black Cat final pencil 1024

2. Black & yellow ochre inkwash.

2016-11-02 WIP inked 1024

3. White highlights under yellow inkwash. Refined shadows.

2016-11-22 WIP Inked 1024

4. Black deep shading and detail.

2016-12-15 Painted 1024

5. Finished piece.

2016-12-15 Painted 1024