What does love illustrated look like? In my case, love illustrated is me together with not one, but TWO Toybob kittens (and, of course, a loving husband.) Yup, that’s right. This week we added to our family with Ollie, a 4 1/2 month-old Toybob kitten. Despite some initial hissing and growling from his big brother, Ziggy, the “boys” have very quickly made their peace and become best buds. Now they are playing together, cuddling and literally licking each other’s faces. Given than they haven’t even been together a week AND that they are cats, this is nothing short of remarkable. But the breed is pretty special. (You can read more about Toybobs here.)

Love Illustrated

Love Illustrated - Ink and watercolor cartoon illustration of the illustrator with her two Toybob kittens.


This comical freehand-drawn illustration probably qualifies more as lust illustrated:

Love illustrated?  Perhaps this illustration would be better titled Lust Illustrated!

I’m thinking of creating a greeting card with the above image for my shop at Etsy. However, I haven’t yet settled on the actual greeting. “Here’s looking at you (and your sister), Kid!” is definitely not PC. While, “Hello Summer!” is cute, though I’m not totally convinced about it yet. So, if you have any funny greeting ideas for me, I’d love to hear them. Let me know in the comments below!

Love Illustrated - Our two Toybob cats after just 3 days together!


Love is a game that two can play and both win.

Eva Gabor


    • Joana says:

      🙂 Except you’ll have to explain what Squeeeeee means when we talk on Thursday.

      The little black pipsqueak just waddled by as I was typing. He is a really voracious eater for such a little guy. But he also runs around after everything – except of course when he’s not sleeping on my head or Andy’s chest. Ironically, even though he doesn’t bat a whisker when I pump the Sodastream machine, he runs from the room when I start playing the viola. Ziggy is the opposite. He flies out of the room the minute we even pick up the Sodastream machine, but snuggles down on the pillows and goes to sleep when I practice. I adore them both!
      xox – Joana

  1. Mm says:

    Learning how to cartoon, is he? My grand babies❤️🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛❤️🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛

    • Joana says:

      Your grand babies can’t wait to meet you. Ollie should have Sit, Shake, High Five and Ring the Bell mastered by then. Drawing might come a little later…;-)
      xox – J

  2. Helen Reich says:

    Everything is adorable!!! I forgot to mention earlier that even when I was having to smoosh ointment into Meshay’s eye, and even though he seemed angry initially, he always forgave me and slept next to me. Amazing that cats sort of know that we’re trying to help them!

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, my dear! I agree – I think that cats have a sense of when we’re trying to help them. Ziggy has not exactly enjoyed having pills shoved down his gullet this week. However, when I talk to him, remind him over and over to relax and that the medicine is going to make him feel better, he eventually relaxes his jaw so that I can pop the pill in. And he often rewards me and Andy by rubbing against us the minute the pill “games” are over. Tonight is the last pill and last smear of eye ointment. Yay!
      🙂 Joana

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