Artist creates wholesome comics that feature a cat giving out mental health advice

August 6th, 2020

We all have different outlets for our emotions. Whenever you are down, I’m sure you want to talk to your go-to person. That someone probably knows how to comfort you and say the things that you need to hear.

There are also some people who find this comfort not in people but in something else. These people engage themselves in some activities such as making music, cooking, reading books, writing poems, or anything that makes them happy.

There is an artist namely Hector Janse van Rensburg and his works have been giving solace to many people online. He is also known as ‘S**tty Watercolour’ aka ‘Swatercolour’ on social media.

His watercolor comics are not just beautiful but they are also comforting. It will surely make you browse through his posts on his Instagram and Facebook accounts. In most of his works, you’ll see a cat that is giving a boy some pieces of advice about different life issues such as mental health. His messages are so powerful that it will melt your heart. According to his interview with Bored Panda, the cat on his comics is based on his “cat Ona who passed away a few years ago”.

If you’re going through something today, here are some of his works that will surely make you feel a lot better. Please get your tissues ready as some of them are tearjerking!

1. “It’ll be okay.”

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onWednesday, August 5, 2020

All of Swatercolour’s works are relatable especially this one. All of us have bad days but just like what this cat said, “it’ll be okay”. If it’s a bad day today, tomorrow might be a good one. Never lose that hope.

2. A great reminder

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onTuesday, August 4, 2020

This message can boost a person’s confidence. It is a great reminder that you are capable of doing many things. You just have to trust yourself that you can do it.

3. Sadness is temporary.

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onTuesday, May 5, 2020

What a powerful message! It will make you realize that sadness is only temporary. So if you are sad right at this moment, it’s okay to feel that way. What you’re feeling is valid. Just remember that no matter how hard it is, it will certainly pass.

4. Genuine love

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onThursday, July 30, 2020

This one has a very deep meaning. You can feel how much the cat cares for his human friend. First, he brought him a coat. Second, he let him feel the rain without getting angry that his offer got rejected. In life, it’s comforting when there is someone who understands and respects your decisions in life.

5. The beauty of a brand new day

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onWednesday, July 29, 2020

A new day is always a gift. Though it is filled with uncertainties, it is something that you should cherish. Let us look forward to every day with excitement. Just like this cat.

6. Making memories

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onTuesday, July 7, 2020

Memories are something that you can treasure forever. No matter how busy you are, make sure to spend time with the people you love and make memories with them.

7. Truly uplifting

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onThursday, July 23, 2020

This has received thousands of comments from Facebook users. Most of them are thanking the artist behind these powerful artworks.

One commenter wrote, “As someone who has struggled with depression for 30 years, this means so much. Even getting half dressed when you don’t want to is self care. Thank you.”

8. Good advice

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onFriday, July 17, 2020

All of Swatercolour’s comics will give you tons of realizations. Just like this one, it will remind us that we have to accept the things that that we can’t control. Focus on the things that are controllable and make them better.

9. “One at a time”

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onWednesday, July 15, 2020

We usually stress ourselves with all the problems that have been going on in our lives. It is encouraging to see a post like this. I know that it’s not easy. But please, don’t pressure yourself too much. Just like what this cat said, “deal with them one at a time”. You’ll get by, that’s for sure.

10. Heartwarming

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onTuesday, July 14, 2020

Who wouldn’t wish to have a friendship like this? Throwing ping pong balls might sound silly but for the two of them, it is something that they would love to do forever. A lot of commenters also appreciated the friendship that they have. Most of them shared the stories of their cats that are so dear to them.

11. More than words

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onMonday, July 13, 2020

Sometimes, you don’t have to say a single word to comfort someone. Your presence is all enough to make that someone feel better. Those who have pets can surely relate to this as well. Pets can’t talk but they can be a source of comfort.

12. The feeling of being listened to

Posted by Shitty Watercolour onSaturday, July 11, 2020

It feels great when someone is willing to listen to your thoughts. You’re not after their responses but just the thought that they are listening to you is already fortifying. It’s undeniable that pets are the best listeners too.

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Source: Bored Panda, Instagram/@swatercolour, Facebook/Shitty Watercolour