The Story of…Kitty Cat Kawaii Band

My husband and I enjoy playing the video game, Rock Band.  We tend to alternate between two of my favorite bands, The Beatles and Green Day. Our cat Oreo, likes to hang out with us in the living room when we play.  We joke that she’s our groupie.photograph of a black and white cat named OreoSo, this got me thinking, what if Oreo really was in a band?  What would it be like? How many members would there be?  Do I have too much time on my hands?

But wait a minute, you may say, none of the cats in the Kitty Cat Kawaii Band are black and white!  When I originally started working on the piece, the lead singer was suppose to look more like Oreo.

Drawing of a cat singer

However, I didn’t like the way it was turning out.  Then I read a book about how to draw Kawaii style and that inspired the direction of the picture.

One of the pieces of advice in the book was to keep it simple and obviously it was simpler to keep the cats a single color.  I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Did you know?
  • This is one of my favorite pieces of art that I’ve done
  • I have made a Kitty Cat Kawaii Band animation.  You can see it here.
  • The Kitty Cat Kawaii guitar player’s outfit was inspired by Green Day during their American Idiot period.
  • Kitty Cat Kawaii band items are available at Valerie’s Gallery on Zazzle, RedBubble, Imagekind and Skreened

Have you been inspired by a pet or video game? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

Kitty Cat Kawaii Band not your style?  That’s okay!  Here’s some cat and music inspired work from other talented artist that you may like:


cat card by Sharon Fernleaf

Spa Treatments for Your Birthday, Cats Happy Birthday card by Sharon Fernleaf

DJ Wedding Reception Thank You Stick Figures card by Sandra Rose Designs

Cats Sharing Martini Anniversary (Bud & Tony) card by Betty Matsumoto-Schuch

And from our friends at RedBubble:

  • Kandy Kit by billyboy is adorable!  Candy and a kitten?  Yes please!
  • The coloring in this picture by Christine Purtle is beautiful!