When asked about the inspiration behind the project, the talented artist said: “I was looking through a photo album and one picture I had taken in a forest on a corporate retreat caught my eye, and that’s how the idea was born."
Andrey Scherbak is a Russian artist based in Rostov-on-Don. We're pretty sure he loves cats because his art is about cats. I mean, it's a no-brainer. Unlike dogs, cats have a mind of their own and I wouldn't really be surprised if they take over this world one day. Tell me, would you really be shocked?
Anyway, coming back to Andrey, the artist with affection towards cats has taken up on a fun project. He's created hilarious photoshops of giant cats roaming the city streets. And just FYI, he owns two regular-sized cats and one dog!
Andrey has a variety of photos with these giant cats accompanying him while he's shopping or at a restaurant, or simply even waiting at the doctor's clinic. In an interview, he said that he works remotely from his home as a creative director for an advertising agency in Moscow.
“I have two cats, male and female. The male cat is named Pif. I took him from an animal shelter as an adult, when he was already around 5 years old," he said, showing his love for pets.
"The female cat is named Panya, and I found her in the street. Now she’s 6 years old. She’s autistic. I also have a Labrador named Rooney who is 3 years old. He can be seen in some of my photos. All of my pets get along very well and don’t fight," he added.
He then spoke about how he got the idea for this project. It “came about by chance," he said. “I was looking through a photo album and one picture I had taken in a forest on a corporate retreat caught my eye, and that’s how the idea was born."
"I liked it, so I took another photo with the intention of placing a cat in it. I decided to create an Instagram account full of pictures of only me and cats because that’s not very different from the reality I live in. I lead a rather isolated way of life.”
He added that he takes cats pictures from Google and then edits them into his photos. “I tried taking pictures of my own cats, but they can never sit still.”
He also said that each photo with a giant cat takes a diferent amount of time to finish. “I can finish some in an hour, but there are times when posing the cat is difficult, and I have to start all over. On average, each picture takes me around 4 hours to compose.”
He added, “When I have some free time, I go for walks in the park with my dog or I read books. On the weekends, I explore the city and the countryside in search of new shots for my pictures.”
Since he leads quite an isolated lifestyle, he didn't notice a drastic change in his life after the images of his giant cats went viral. “I rarely see any people, except for my girlfriend and my parents.”
Andrey also added that he “didn’t know” that his project had become so popular. Finally, he revealed his secret, saying that he makes his awesome pictures using Photoshop and VSCO for filters. Amateurs, take note!