Gemma Correll: Have You Hugged Your Cat Today?

Released Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have You Hugged Your Cat Today?, by Gemma Correll.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Pablove Foundation.

Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator/cartoonist/maker-of-things-with-pugs-and-cats-on-them from England. She has worked for clients all over the world, including Hermés, Real Simple and Hallmark. Her drawing style is a distinctive mix of humour, playfulness and terrible word puns, conveyed in simple lines and colors. She has been described as the "worst cartoonist in the world" by a charming young blogger from Australia.

Gemma is the proud owner of two pugs, several broken cellphones (she is clumsy), and a large collection of fineliner pens. When she's not drawing, Gemma can be found drinking coffee, foraging in junk shops for kitchy ornaments, and making her pugs wear silly jumpers.

About the print:
I guess the idea behind Have You Hugged Your Cat Today? is fairly self-explanatory. I don't have a cat myself - I have a pug, which is kind of like a cat except that he's actually a dog - but I find that a hug from a small animal (cat, dog - not so much a rattlesnake or a plague-carrying rat) cures pretty much any ill.

Update: Since writing this interview, Gemma has aquired another pug.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


Process: The initial drawing from Gemma's sketchbook.

What has inspired you recently?
I go through phases of being very inspired by certain themes and objects. At the moment, it's vintage postcards and vacation souvenirs. I especially love the old seaside postcards with risqué cartoons on them, or interactive cards where you'd tick boxes to let the folks at home know about your trip. e.g:
"The Weather here is: ☐ Great ☐ OK ☐ Indescribably awful".

Why did you choose to pair the Pablove Foundation with your print?
It was difficult to choose from such a worthy list of charities, but I feel that the work that the Pablove Foundation does is particularly important.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Personally, art has given me a voice in a world where it can be difficult to be an introvert. I was extremely shy and unconfident growing up, but writing and drawing helped me to express, document, and to some extent understand the world around me. On a wider level, comics and cartoons make people laugh, which can only be a good thing.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Liza Donnely. She's really funny, and I'd love to hear more about being a female cartoonist in what is really a male-dominated industry.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Well, of course there's my fiancé, Anthony Zinonos. I also just adore Mia Christopher's beautiful work, and never fail to giggle at Simone Lia's comics.

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