by Janet Blue on September 21, 2015

You may recall this ballpoint pen sketch of Lily Olivia created by Thomas Dalsgaard Clausen last April.




Clausen was drawing many of our friends, like Sammy, Flynn, Siddhartha, Austin, Speedy, to name a few. At the time, Clausen had challenged himself to draw daily and was taking requests for portraits.

When he contacted us last week to let us know that he is now doing portraits on commission and ask us to put the link to his new site on our previous post, we were happy to oblige. You can find that original post here.

We like supporting artists and so offered to do another post for Clausen, who offered to do another portrait for us. Several of us and most of our angels have been memorialized in one type of art piece or another. Mom would like to have a portrait of each of us eventually. We’re sort of surprised which of us she selected for this new portrait—none other than the pest/bum Mauricio. She claims to have selected him not out of favoritism but because of his distinctive look.

portraitMom sent Clausen three photos to work from, and he chose this one. Mom used this same photo as the basis for her “double exposure” entry in the Caturday Art Blog Hop a couple of weeks ago. Mom really liked her art piece but claims it cannot compare to the portrait Clausen created using india ink, ballpoint pen and white correction fluid. We are certain you will agree.




Clausen says of his portraits, “There’s a great difference between seeing a portrait that looks like someone and a portrait that clearly is that someone. Some of it is in the eyes—some of it is in the posture—but a big part of it, you just can’t put your finger on! My goal is not to create a “photograph-like” representation of your pet—granted, a great photo is a work on art in itself—but what I like to do, is paint or draw your pet the way I see it—I make an interpretation rather than a copy, and then put some of your pet’s “being” back into the picture.

We think he caught Mauricio’s being perfectly and send our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Thomas Dalsgaard Clausen for the inspired portrait of Mauricio.

To see more of Clausen’s work, visit his blog, One Drawing Daily. To commission a pet portrait, visit his new site at

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


LP September 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm

He drew Duffy during his one drawing a day days! We love this one of Mauricio. He looks, dare we say it? . .. sweet!! 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo

The Florida Furkids September 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

OMC how did I miss this???? It’s my VERY HANDSOME ManCat!!!!!!


Love and smoochies,
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Raven September 23, 2015 at 12:43 am

That’s a wonderful portrait of Mauricio .
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Emma and Buster September 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Oh what a beautiful portrait.
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Austin Towers September 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

That is a terrific portrait of Mau! Mr Thomas is very talented. We follow him on Instagram too!
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Laila and Minchie September 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

WOW! Beautiful portrait Mauricio! Mr. Clausen really captured your handsomeness very well!
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Basil September 22, 2015 at 9:06 am

Totally fabulous portrait Mauricio… we’re just hopping to see more of his work!”


Basil xox
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meowmeowmans September 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Thomas did a great job of capturing Mauricio’s essence in that portrait! 🙂
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Ellen Pilch September 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm

I love his work and hope to be able to afford to commission one someday.

McGuffy's Reader September 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Awesome. I would love to have ours done. If you see our Rainbow Bridge page…where would I put them all? How do I even choose where to start? This artwork is excellent. ❤
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Dezi and Lexi September 21, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Pawsum drawin’, Mau looks quite handsum.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexki
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie September 21, 2015 at 6:05 pm

We love too how he described the magic of capturing a person or animal without being “photo-accurate!”
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Flynn September 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Thomas has drawn a lovely portrait of Mau. He is very talented.
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Canadian Cats September 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm

What a great drawing of Mau that Clausen drew. Mau looks just like himself…not a bit of difference. We love it. Shoko and Kali were immortalized by him also. Gorgeous pictures.

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BeadedTail September 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

He’s super talented! Those are fabulous portraits! Of course Mau and Lily are the purrfect subjects too!
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Annabelle September 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

What a fabulous drawing!
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Kitty Cat Chronicles September 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

We got a drawing done of Delilah a while back and love it. He did a great job with Lily Olivia and Mauricio’s portraits! They are amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Sampy sends Astrid 23904865039478 kisses, and we all send lots of love!

Brian Frum September 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

Those are sure terrific and he is such a talented one!
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Caren Gittleman September 21, 2015 at 9:35 am

He did a catabulous job!
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Joanne September 21, 2015 at 9:24 am

Great portrait! I follow ‘One Drawing Daily’ and love the work.

Linda Arthur Tejera September 21, 2015 at 8:31 am

A lovely portrait, indeed, Mauricio! 🙂
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The Island Cats September 21, 2015 at 8:30 am

Mr. Thomas did a great job with Mau’s drawing. We saw it first on his site and knew right away it was Mau.
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Cat Scout Charles September 21, 2015 at 7:51 am

Mau’s essence was captured perfectly.
Happy Monday everyone…..Special Kisses to my Sweetie Ms Lisbeth
Scout Charles

MR Puddy September 21, 2015 at 6:48 am

Cool Portrait !
Now you inspired my mom to draw me =^~^=
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Sometimes Cats Herd You September 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

What a great portrait of Mauricio. It’s a great likeness!
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Sammy September 21, 2015 at 5:52 am

Thomas’ work is really wonderful and we love when he posts new drawings and lately, shares his commissioned portraits. He truly DOES capture the “personality” behind the face……that is a very special talent – not every artist can do that but he can and does. We love the drawing of Mau……!

Hugs, Sammy and Mom
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LadyBird September 21, 2015 at 4:11 am

Beautiful portrait!
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Lone Star Cats September 21, 2015 at 4:03 am

Pawsome portrait!
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Summer September 21, 2015 at 3:45 am

That is an AWESOME portrait of Mauricio!
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kiwiskan September 21, 2015 at 3:28 am

Thanks to the intro to that great blog – he certainly captured Mauricio
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