Lots of cartoon art is about animals…eg Hobbes the imaginary tiger belonging to Calvin…

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Calvin and Hobbes is a comic strip written and illustratted by Bill Watterson, following the humorous antics of Calvin , a very  imaginative six-year old boy, and Hobbes, his energetic and sardonic—albeit stuffed—tiger. The pair are named after “John Calvin” , a 16th-century French Protestant theologian and “Thomas Hobbes” a 17th-century English political philosopher.

The  themes of the strip deal with Calvin’s flights of fantasy, his friendship with Hobbes, his adventures and scrapes, his unique views on a diverse range of political and cultural issues and his relationships and interactions with his parents, classmates, teachers, and other members of society. The dual nature of Hobbes is also that while Calvin sees Hobbes as a live tiger, other characters see him as a stuffed animal.

See here for their official website.

Another huge favourite pet illustrator of mine is Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit.

Peter Rabbit is the main character  in a series of books. He first appeared in  “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” in 1902.

In this story- One day, Mrs. Rabbit goes to the bakery, leaving Peter and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail to play and gather berries in the forest. Disobeying his mother’s orders, Peter sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s garden and eats as many vegetables as he can before Mr. McGregor spots him and chases him around. Eventually, Peter manages to escape, but not before losing his jacket and his shoes, which Mr. McGregor uses for his new scarecrow. He is famously remembered by some as being in fear of Mrs. McGregor putting him “in a pie”.

Although he and the other rabbits are drawn from life, they wear human clothes; Peter wears a bright blue coat and clogs. The Peter Rabbit series has sold more than 151 million copies in 35 languages.

Sure, its not fine art BUT its about the interactions between people and animals and these illustrators have a profound effect on generation after generation of individuals..and to produce illustrations of volume and quality like these requires some substancial imagination…..

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