Salt was my dear companion and grey tabby cat for thirteen years of my life.
He became a part of my family in 2nd grade, along with his sister Pepper. Salt was named for his fluffy white paws, and Pepper for her dark spotted coat. Over the years, Salt watched me grow up, moved all over the country with us, and never left my side.
This is a collection of projects dedicated to him.
Drawings from Life
Process of "Salt"
Ink painting using gum arabic as masking fluid on illustration board
I started this painting before I learned that Salt was becoming sick.
At the time, I was studying at SCAD while Salt was with my parents, across the country.
On October 24, 2019, he was put to sleep due to a rare cancer called sarcoma. I was still away at school that day.
About four days later, I finished this painting and presented it to my class.
Interestingly, while painting him, I truly felt his presence as if he was sitting beside me.
"In Loving Memory"
My first drawing of Salt after his passing.
We had our own special ways of communicating.
When he laid next to me, he always had to have a paw touching me.
He posed for selfies and was very social and friendly.
I illustrated him nine times (symbolic of a cat's nine lives) and portrayed him as a purple spirit.
I've continued to draw him this way ever since.
"Celebrating Salt" Styleframe
"Celebrating Salt" Animation
"Red Thread of Fate"
You can see more about this project here.
I thank Salt for watching over me after all these years and hope that he may always rest in peace.