If there’s one thing in life that’s pure and wholesome, it’s love. Especially young love. When Catana Chetwynd started illustrating her relationship with her boyfriend of two years, she had no idea how popular and relatable it was going to be.
Each of her adorable comics features real life situations she’s experienced with her boyfriend John. He encouraged Catana from the beginning, giving her the idea to illustrate their relationship using simple comic strips.
On top of that, Catana has always loved comics such as Calvin and Hobbes and Get Fuzzy so she decided to start the strip on long-term relationships.
When she first started, the couple had only been dating for a year and weren’t living together yet. Now that they’ve been through moving in together, meeting the parents and more you can see the development in the comics.
Catana’s comics are drawn in a simple style but still manage to illustrate specific moments that have happened in her long-term relationship. Like this one where she gets a ‘random’ massage. This is one of the first comics in the series.
The honesty makes the comics wholesome and relatable, while still serving as a documentation of her relationship with her boyfriend John Freed.
It illustrates how being in love is more than holding hands and kissing. Sometimes it’s the little things like coming home after a long hard day and being able to relax with your special someone.
Catana also likes to show the differences between things that happened in the early stages of their relationship, compared to the way it is now after having been together for two years and moving in together.
The innocence and purity of the comics make them easy to fall in love with, and it makes you realize that all couples do silly things when they’re alone together.
Catana’s main goal for the project is to try and explore the different aspects of relationships at the different stages in life. She’s using hers as the template
As their relationship continues to develop, the changes they experience become the inspiration behind her art.
Catana said that she wouldn’t trade the connection she’s built with John for anything in the world. ‘The end goal for me was always to have somebody that I could be comfortable with in this way,’ she said. ‘I think I got that.’
It’s so refreshing to see that a comic drawn in such a simplistic style can deliver such truth and emotion. Several people have commented on Catana’s work, telling her how similar her relationship is to theirs.
It shows the simple joys of being in a happy and comfortable relationship. As the comics continue to gain popularity, John has remained okay with his digital ink representation. He even attempted drawing himself once but it didn’t go so well.
Each new comic brings a new moment of reality from John and Catana’s life and relationship. Some of them are adorable and cute, and others are hilarious and to the point.
As well as her comic strip, Catana also does other forms of digital and physical art. Although only the strip has gone viral, she’s also got tons of other impressive pieces including chalk art and detailed digital paintings.
If you want to see more of Catana’s comics, you can visit one of her many social media platforms. You can follow Catana Comics on Facebook and Instagram, and she also has separate blogs dedicated to her other mediums.
You can read the entire development of Catana and John’s relationship, starting in the early days moving right up to the present.
Surprisingly, some people have commented that the couple will eventually grow apart or break up, and this was Catana’s response.
Here is the couple in real life. As you can see the height difference shown in the comics is pretty accurate, as is Catana’s shiny black hair and John’s scruffy beard.