There comes a moment in life where all of us need a little reassurance that everything will be okay, and that’s okay to make mistakes sometimes. Hector Janse van Rensburg has started to deliver these endearing reminders in his comics featuring a grey cat, that calms anyone’s anxious mind.
The cat is based on his own cat, Ona, that passes away a couple of years ago. She was a very positive cat that would company the artist everywhere, therefore becoming the muse behind these illustrations.
“The comics are primarily about offering a new perspective on the negative mindsets that people find themselves in, and my cat was the perfect thing to articulate that new perspective,” says the artist.
Anyone will find the Sh*itty Watercolour Instagram account relatable. The artist has received a lot of messages from people about how his comics helped them, or how they’ve shared his comics with other people and it pushed them to open up about the things they struggle with.
“There are some gratuitous ‘cats are great’ comics thrown in the mix, but for the most part I try to make them such that the cat’s voice could be the voice of a friend, or your own internal voice… just nice comforting words from someone who will stick by you,” explains the artist.