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Empty Plate

Empty Plate

Empty Plate by Saltwater
Empty Plate by Saltwater


Empty Plate

Traditional media

Painted in oils on recycled cardboard 

Framed in Photoshop

General Info

General Info

Category Furry » Animal art (Non-anthro) » - Mammals » Felines » Cats (Domestic)
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alitta2 on April 29, 2015, 1:27:31 AM

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alitta2That cat looks pissed that nobody's serving any meal to him :D
And yes, the cat reminds me someone, who has the same orange fur, but with black stripes, and being always hungry. 
Guess you've figured out whom I think on ? ;)
(And no, it's not Heathcliff XD)

Saltwater on April 30, 2015, 11:27:56 PM

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SaltwaterYes, same behaviour as the hungry orange cat!  ;-)

I did not know Heathcliff, but now that you mention him, actually he looks very similar to Garfield!
Not sure which one was the first...
Could it  be a case of "copycat"?  LOL 

alitta2 on May 4, 2015, 2:49:55 AM

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alitta2Actually, Heathcliff is a bit older, as the first comic strip featuring him appeared in 1973. However, I don't say that Garfield would be perchance a ripp-off of Heathcliff at all, as the two cats have a totally different characteristics: while Garfield acts more like an anthro-cat having humanoid-like attributes, Heathcliff is a typical badbone cat acting just like an animal, and doesn't want to be more of that (except that he can speak with opened mouth to other animals, but of course, he cannot contact with humans that way) .    

Heathcliff, just like Garfield, had it's own tv shows:
- the first one was made in 1980 (I remember this one, as it was aired on CN sometime in the mid-90's):  another variant existed, featuring Marmaduke instead of Dingbat show:
-the second one from 1984, named "Heatchcliff and the Catillac Cats": (this one was recently aired on a channel in my homeland :) ).
- also they've rumored that a live-action movie will be released sometime this year

Anyway, here's the official site of the comics:

Saltwater on May 5, 2015, 10:36:53 PM

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SaltwaterThanks for all the details  :D

alitta2 on May 7, 2015, 1:48:52 AM

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alitta2You're welcome!
Anyway, they say that Garfield's success is because of the fact of his human-like characteristics I mentioned above, and the fact that uncle Jim writes the dialoges in Simple English (or at least, he doesn't uses those typical slang words that cannot be translated into an other language).  Of course, the more effective marketing than the one of Heathcliff's also makes Garfield much more popular.
As a Garfield fan, I always prefer him more to Heathcliff, but I confess I didn't really like the two CGI-movies (maybe I'm just too conservative about Garfield's look), so I hope they won't mess the upcoming Heathcliff-movie, and draw him as an unrecognizable fuzzball.

Saltwater on May 13, 2015, 11:07:08 PM

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SaltwaterThis is a fine analysis of the situation.

And beside slang, he also avoids ​colloquialisms and other "cultural" expressions,
​ which can only be comprehended by the "indigenous".


alitta2 on May 14, 2015, 2:38:18 AM

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alitta2Yes, that's the reason why it is easy to translate the comic strips.
Nowadays they leave the original English text under the translated one in Garfield magazines, and the fact about the correct translation can be seen the best that way. 

Saltwater on May 14, 2015, 10:22:19 AM

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SaltwaterIt must be a fun way to learn English!  :D

TeeJay87 on April 26, 2015, 1:38:13 AM

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TeeJay87Since the plate looks clean, the cat must be awaiting for his meal. :)

Saltwater on April 26, 2015, 11:45:56 AM

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SaltwaterWell spotted!  ;-)

This young kitty is waiting for his supper.
He looks grumpy because he is hungry and he does not like waiting....

TeeJay87 on April 27, 2015, 11:42:06 AM

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TeeJay87Just like one certain character from comics and cartoons released by PAWS Inc. ;)

Saltwater on April 27, 2015, 11:51:02 AM

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SaltwaterYes, exactly!  LOL
But isn't it the cat's attitude in general?


TeeJay87 on April 28, 2015, 11:33:39 PM

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TeeJay87This depends on individual cat, though some breeds have greater gluttony tendencies than others. Persian cats are known to have exceptional appetite amongst the felis catus species, while the Siamese like to be finicky about food.

I've got Siberian Forest cat at home (they look similar to Maine Coons, just smaller), which has specific nutrition habits - he enjoys everything with meat, fish or dairy but if you give him too much food, he will leave remains on platter when he's done with eating.

Saltwater on May 4, 2015, 1:36:42 AM

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SaltwaterYour cat has already integrated the fact that he lives in a very good family,
and that his platter will always be filled with plenty of succulent food, whatever betide.
He knows he can have the luxury to be picky, and nibble what he likes the best.

Falconlobo on April 26, 2015, 10:31:30 AM

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FalconloboLove the eye colors ^^

Saltwater on April 26, 2015, 11:40:30 AM

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SaltwaterCat's eyes, yellow and green.
Thank you! :-)