I often see cats people sharing the videos or photos of their cats trying to slip into something weird. Cardboard boxes are well known as cats’ preferred places, but other than that, cats somehow love to sneak into a bag, a pile of laundry, a slot between books on the bookshelf etc., etc., And depending on where they place themselves, they succeed in camouflaging themselves very well.
I then wondered what cats would do with a ton of fruits. They will probably slip into it with their usual serious look, but can they hide in there successfully so that nobody can find them? In a colorful world, cats will stand out, even though they are tiny kittens, in a pile of fruits because there are no cats with colors like fruits. But maybe cats can blend in with the background in a black-and-white world, can’t they? Which means I could probably produce something like “Where’s Wally?” by drawing cats and fruits in black-and-white.
So I gave it a try, and I kept the same level of contrast strength throughout the image because I didn’t need to make the kittens stand out. As it turned out though, it looks like somehow kittens still pop.
I found it pretty interesting and asked my mother what the first thing was that caught her eyes in this drawing. She immediately answered that it was the kittens and added that it was probably because of the kittens’ eyes.
I guess she is right. If their eyes were closed, kittens attempt at a camouflage would be a little bit more successful.
Hope you enjoy this piece😊
【update 19 Jul 2020】
After reviewing this piece for some days I changed some parts which I did not like in the first version. The biggest change is that I made the grape on the left part much darker. The first version felt a bit heavier on the right because there were apples and biggish strawberries. Also, the difference between the muscat and the purple grape was not clear and I did not like it. So I added a lot of hatching on the purple grape. This change created a flow of darkest dark parts this way, which I think resolved both of the issues: