Famous Men and Their Cats by Sam Kalda

Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey

Brooklyn-by-way-of-South Dakota artist Sam Kalda is the creator behind a new project called "Men and Cats," in which Kalda depicts famous male literary, art, fashion, and culture icons with their felines and hand-letters quotes about how these men feel about cats. The project is part of a book called Men and Cats: An Illustrated History and is also being displayed at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where Kalda is getting his MFA in illustration.

Kalda, who owns a fluffy black-and-white cat named Sister, told kitty-themed blog I Have Cat that he is a self-proclaimed "cat man," and explained to Design Week that he created the project "to tell the stories of the strange and brilliant cat-loving men in the arts."

Here are a few of the beautiful illustrations from the series: 

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Karl Lagerfield

Karl Lagerfield

Joseph Spies

Joseph Spies