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Cole had been drawing anthropomorphic characters before she even knew that vast communities of anthropomorphic appreciators and artists existed. When Cole was 16, she learned about the website, deviantART and began to post her work there. Over the past 6 years, she became involved with other artists who indulged in the same genre. Cole joined other online art communities that catered to her interest in anthropomorphism. Today, her largest audience comes from deviantART and Fur Affinity.
While Cole is notably unpredictable with the artwork she makes, the body of her work in illustration is heavily anthropomorphic. Some of her most iconic anthropomorphic pieces include:
- "The Raggy Foxtrot" from 2009
- "Classy Ladyshepherd" from 2011
- "The Life Story of Jack and Bernadette Hare" from 2009
- "The Tortoise and the Hare" from 2010
She both wrote and illustrated The Tortoise and the Hare in 2010. She contributed to Pawz Calendar 2010 with Oliver's Invention, and to the Rare 2011 AnthroCalendar with The Epic. She contributed to the Rare 2012 AnthroCalendar with ""Spirit of the Southwest"
Cole co-founded the Fat Bunny Agenda and began a late summer spoof-holiday for Fur Affinity spinning around the concept of plump rabbits. Cole was featured on the front page of Fur Affinity for Fat Bunny Week (June 25-31, 2010). She was featured again with a banner the following year, (August 1-7, 2011) and held a contest for the holiday.
She is the creator of Sweet Nuthins and 5 Days a Week
Sweet Nuthins is a collection of short comics and illustrative doodles reflective of artist, Marilyn Cole’s personal relationships with close friends and loved ones. The drawings are attentive to the little mundane things in life that can mean a whole lot. These works are updated to the Sweet Nuthins website and to Cole's deviantART and Furaffinity galleries.
Bunnymomma and Rourkiebunny
Sweet Nuthins originally started as a branch of conceptual emotive illustrations conceived by the artist's personal relationship with leading man, Rourkie, during the 7 month long production of "The Tortoise and the Hare: an Adaptation of the Classic Story". The emphasis of Sweet Nuthins was on rabbit characters and noted by many followers for being heartwarming and cute. Katmomma injected herself into the adventures as a rabbit by becoming "Bunnymomma" and created "Rourkiebunny" for Rourkie. The couple and the friends around them take part in little anecdotes related to the fun and difficulties of being gluttonous rabbits. The topics of weight gain, acceptance of one's true self, and idealism are frequently visited in this early part of the series-- themes very prevalent in the published book Cole was working on at the time as well.
After publishing the book, Cole continued to develop the illustrations into short, witty comics and one-liners, which lead to the development of the style of digital media she is most recognized for today. The early days of Sweet Nuthins are also responsible for Cole's "fat bunny" fanbase.
LogarthSheppy and Sheppymomma
In early March of 2011, Cole announced that Sweet Nuthins would be discontinued due to an emotional separation from the leading man in real life. Illustrations involving the bunnies haulted and many related work was taken down during a clean out of her online galleries. Nearly a month later, Cole posted an installment entitled "When One Chaper Ends, Another Begins" and explained her bridging attempt to bring the series back to full speed with a new leading man and a new attitude.
LogarthSheppy a German Shepherd dog, is introduced as the new leading man of the series with Cole's installement, "Morning Nap", on May 5, 2011. Cole starts out the second season of Sweet Nuthins as "Bunnymomma". After posting "INFECTED", Cole injected a bout of hilarious transformation into the series by allowing "Bunnymomma" to become "Sheppymomma", a German Shepherd dog representation of herself at the will of a magic bite. Additionally, Cole allows LogarthSheppy to become Loggybunny when appropriate.
Today, the webcomic continues with heartwarming installments of both LogarthSheppy and Sheppymomma. Unlike the focus on idealism in the series's early days, Sweet Nuthins has shifted to topics of realism and what true love is made of.
- ↑ Marilyn Cole Profile page on deviantART. Retrieved 2009 October 30.
- ↑ The Tortoise and the Hare: An Adaptation of the Classic Story at Lulu. Retrieved 2012 March 2.