Artist reimagines Spock, Sherlock, Time Lords, and Avengers as cats
Artist Jenny Parks creates catastic portraits of iconic sci-fi, fantasy, and geeky pop culture characters complete with whiskers, fur, and a dangerous air of curiosity.
Catvengers? Lokitty? Purrlock? Artist Jenny Parks reimagines beloved geek characters such as Avengers and Sherlock Holmes as cats.
"What I like to tell most people when they ask me the question of my inspiration is 'I just like cats,'" Parks told Crave. "I started drawing cat versions of people when I was 11 or 12, for the simple reason that I liked drawing animals much more than I liked drawing people. Years later, after I graduated from art school, I decided to have some fun and re-draw cat versions of all of the Doctors, which I first did when I was in high school, and was also years before the new series of 'Doctor Who' started in 2005."
"This new image of cat Doctors, or 'Doctor Mew,' as I started to call it, gained a lot more attention than I was prepared for," Parks told Crave. "People responded very positively to it, and it wasn't until after the success of that image that I decided to tackle some other fandoms like the Avengers, Sherlock, and most recently Star Trek."
Parks creates her art digitally with a Cintiq tablet and Photoshop. She also does traditional paintings of cats for commissions, as well as a gouache painting of Captain Americat for the recent Cat Art Show in Los Angeles. Recently, Parks drew a few variant covers for Marvel comics.
"They are for an Animal Variant series they have been doing with a bunch of guest artists," Parks said. "I did two that will be coming out in February of Spider-Man for Superior Spider-Man No. 27 and Thor for Thor: God of Thunder No. 19."
"I will say that I love how the John Hurt/War Cat Doctor came out, so I think he is one of my favorites right now," Park said.
The Doctor had a dog robot K-9, as well as cat-like characters on "Doctor Who," but after seeing Parks' "Doctor Mew" cat portraits, one can't help but wonder if what the Doctor really needs is a cat companion. "I feel like there has to be a cat in the Tardis somewhere," Parks said. "But I think a cat companion would be really fun. A cat would fit into a companion role easily, by mostly getting into trouble, not listening when the Doctor tells them to stay put, but ultimately being there when he needs them the most."
With the range of characters Parks' has recreated as cats, it's easy to imagine our own pets becoming feline superheroes fighting villains and traveling to other worlds, but on their own terms. "Cats always strike me as the more reluctant hero type," Parks said. "They might fight villains, but only if it doesn't interrupt nap time. But cats are curious creatures. I'm sure if they had the opportunity to sniff around another world they would go."