Just for fun — Poorly Drawn Cats

It’s impossible to resist the charms of these ‘Poorly Drawn Cats’ on Twitter

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Poorly Drawn Cats is a Twitter account dedicated to, as the name suggests, poorly drawn cats. But calling these charming little pictures “poorly drawn” doesn’t seem like a fair description considering how beloved they’ve become by the account’s many followers.

The crude, contour-line drawings created by a Brazilian artist named Heloísa, who started the account in 2016, capture the distinct personalities of cats — not always an easy task. The drawings featured on the account are of cats featured in photos submitted by fans of the account.

The quirky portraits have gained somewhat of a cult following online, and in the two years since it launched, the account’s racked up almost 188,000 followers. The feed retweets satisfied cat owners who’ve commissioned “poorly drawn” portraits of their cats from the account.

Some people are so pleased with their cats’ portraits that they’ve taken to getting them permanently inked on their bodies — a very bold move.

Poorly Drawn Cats gets such an influx of requests for portraits of their cats that it now announces when it will accept new commissions. When the account puts out the call, message or email your request and hope for the best. Commissions cost a small fee — $12 for just your cat’s face, or $18 for a full portrait.

Sure, not everyone’s a cat person, but who can resist the charms of quirky little cat doodles popping up periodically on your Twitter feed? And, if nothing else the account serves as a reminder that if you sincerely enjoy doing something, even your imperfect efforts will be applauded.

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