Through Ian’s Eyes: Finale


He’s in his heaviest sleep and looks quite peaceful at last. Does his thoughts follow him into his dreams? Is he somewhere else altogether, lost in a web of memories and desires?

He looks different – not sure how to put it exactly. I’m not talking about his physical appearance like when I found him under a pile of clothes, scrawny, disoriented and barely breathing. It was a relief that all he needed was some cool water to recover. (He refused the tuna.) I don’t know, it’s something else. Almost as if he’s gotten older somehow.  Or maybe I’ve changed.

When he was well enough to roam the hallways and hop onto my study desk, I thought for sure I wouldn’t see him for a while. But he returns every day and curls up beside me before I fall asleep. He always seems to know when I’m sad, better than I do. It’s rare to find another soul to which you connect with so deeply.

I can’t really call him a pet. No, the quiet way that we’re drawn to each other cannot not be reduced  to master and pet. I’ll call him Ian.


I finally had the bathroom window fixed.  But I leave it open ajar knowing that Ian will likely wander.

‘Through Ian’s Eyes’ is a mini project based on my friend’s 1000+ iPhone photos taken between 2013-14. In the series I will pick one photo a day for a week to interpret in drawing and story.

The story is about a stray cat in New York who goes through an existential crisis as he begins to question what it means to be a cat in human society. 

7 thoughts on “Through Ian’s Eyes: Finale

    1. Thanks so much ellipsisartcollective! That means a lot because I really struggled with this drawing. I also tried to convey the internal struggle which the character had to endure to get to a place of peace through the grit and splotches of ink.

  1. I’ve read your short story and found it quite beautiful and strangely assuring in its human ways. Absolutely loved the illustrations! Especially the one in the finale feels perfect.

    1. Hi Kenneth, thank you so much for taking the time to read the story. I’m so glad that you found it assuring. Upon reflection, I think subconsciously I was writing the story for myself as a way to work out the fear and tension of living life on your own accord while struggling with social expectations. I’m privately editing the story to better emphasize the theme but the aim is still to conclude with assurance. Thank you again, I really appreciate your comment.

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