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Melissa Hartley Depicts Members of the Cat Species in Regal Clothes

 - Apr 10, 2012
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Certain pet owners treat their household companions like royalty, so it only made sense for Melissa Hartley to illustrate members of the cat species in regal attire. From tigers and lynxes to leopards and domesticated breeds, Hartley renders them all in these surreal portraits that present the feline creatures in a very humanoid manner. And if that isn’t reason enough to browse this gallery, Hartley’s painting technique is so superb that you’d think the faces in these portraits were photo manipulations.

Melissa Hartley is based in Sydney, Australia and is a self-described, "artist, graphic designer, cat lover, tea drinker, Francophile, movie and music lover with a terrible sweet tooth." Her artwork is realistic while retaining a painterly style, but it’s her unique concepts that truly set her apart from other illustrators in the industry.