This is my darling BeeGee's fur coat. They call these markings Tiger Tabby, as I'm sure you all know, but interestingly enough, it's a dead ringer for ocelot. Tigers, in reality, don't look anything like this. I really love the brindle quality of the coloration -- white on the tips, dark brown underneath, all on the same hair shaft.
Animal "prints" have featured large in my life for many years. They are one of my sources of inspiration -- the natural colors, the striations and stripes, the splotchy or blotchy character of many domestic cats' coats like parts of them have been dipped in paint. I find it endlessly fascinating.
I expect to see even more references to my animal familiars in future work.