Kitten Punches

The other day on the Twitters this brief, yet awesome, exchange went down:

At which point I thought, YES. THIS MUST BE A THING. And thus:

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Surprising no one, drawing kittens (or anything) punching Nazis is VERY therapeutic. I HIGHLY recommend.

 

Here's my design process for this piece. To start, I sketched out a few thumbnails to work out the optimal kitten punch.

Once I decided on a composition, I refined the image with a rough sketch. BAM! POW! Go kitten go!

I then applied digital ink via Manga Studio and made the hair extra floopy.

Finally, time for colors! At this point I moved over to Photoshop because it gives me a ton more options for coloring and the text capabilities are much more advanced. Also at this point I had to decide what type of cat to make the kitten. There was no question in my mind; the kitten was either tortoise shell or calico because the lady means business.

 

And there you have it. KA-POW! Just because she's a wee kitten doesn't mean she doesn't pack a mean punch.

 

IN ADDENDUM:

YES ALL THE YES. THIS is the story we need right now.  Thanks Gwenda!

SNAILQUAKE

Because the darn thing needed to get out of my head and this was the first chance I've had to do so since @scalzi put it there in the first place. SNAILQUAKE

Thankfully, by its very nature, I did not spend much time on this - just as the almighty Thor intended.

You can see the rest of the silliness here.

 

Her Majesty's Royal Squid Air Battalion

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Her Majesty’s Royal Squid Air Battalion

Tentacled and golden eyed Patrolling the ocean skies Protecting us through the nights From unpleasant surprise

They’re...

The ten armed terrors Fierce air sea dwellers Feared and revered throughout the land Her Majesty’s Royal Squid Air Battalion Is overhead

Protecting against evil from the deep, Deadly robots, and giant things that creep Keeping you safe from harm Sleep now, there’s no need for alarm

Because...

The ten armed terrors Fierce air sea dwellers Feared and revered throughout the land Her Majesty’s Royal Squid Air Battalion Is overhead

Hear their water jets splash As into the fray they dash With terrible beaks they gnash With sharp tentacles they slash

The clouds grow dark, stained with ink You smell calamari in the air And your heart begins to sink And fill with a deep despair

But...

Don’t panic...

Because...

The ten armed terrors Fierce air sea dwellers Feared and revered throughout the land Her Majesty’s Royal Squid Air Battalion Is overhead

The ten armed terrors Fierce air sea dwellers Feared and revered throughout the land Her Majesty’s Royal Squid Air Battalion Is overhead And will fight again

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This piece was inspired by an interesting tidbit of scientific news that caught my eye a few weeks ago. Apparently squid can fly. I know, right? Just when you thought squid couldn't get any more awesome, they pull something like this.

I couldn't just leave such a wonderful image without a song to go along with it, now could I? Alas, I'm not at all experienced in the music creation part. If anyone out there with a better sense of music composition than I would like to devise a tune for this song, I would dearly love to hear it and you have my full permission to do so.

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Hobo Hutch and the Power of a Tweet

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For author, fellow podcaster and friend, J.C. Hutchins. Why? Because he's awesome, plus not anyone can pull off the double kitten hat stack.

OK. So, there's a bit more of a story to this piece than that.

Once upon a time... Seriously though, I think it was something like January when J.C. made a comment on Twitter that he felt/looked like a hobo. As I'm not one to let such a fun image slip quietly into the night, I mentioned I'd be interested in bringing the aforementioned image to life. Following a brief exchange of DMs (or direct messages for you non-Twitter folk), the idea was agreed upon with gusto.

Fast forward a few months... er... half a year later. While I had been poking at the image off and on during the interim, I had a vague notion that it had been a while since I had last touched the piece, but I didn't realize how ridiculously long it had been. I made it a point to finish. Needless to say, looking back at the start date, I'm a bit embarrassed. I'm a slow worker, but definitely not THAT slow. It was mostly due to procrastination on my part. At any rate, it's done and I love how it turned out. It still makes me giggle when I look at it, and in my books, that's a job well done.

And that is why Twitter rocks, because without it, this probably would have never happened. The end. :)

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Technical Details Medium: Pencil (2B, HB) Paper: Bristol Physical Size: 8.5in X 11in

Sketchbook: Sea Kitten Sushi

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Mmmm... tasty sea kitten sushi. It looks nice and fresh too.

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I started out drawing the big round one in the center without anything particular in mind (as I tend to draw fish when I can't think of anything else to draw). It was about this time I saw a reference to sea kittens on Twitter (thanks @scottsigler!) and thought that would be a fun title for this sketch. I had been wanting to sketch some different fonts for a while and this was the perfect opportunity. A handful of fish later it looked complete enough. If I get ambitious I might try out some watercolor on this as well.

I think I'll keep the theme going by drawing some sea bunnies next. ;-)

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TweetArt #3: MECHA HUTCH

Viva la robots! A pen sketch out of my notebook. I drew it while I was flying somewhere over the Atlantic at the end of December.

The tweets from Twitter that go along with this image are to many to post here. It was more of a "you had to be there" sort of thing. At any rate J.C. Hutchins (of super rad 7th Son book fame) was the victim of above mechanization (observe his brain hooked up to bot). As far as I know, fellow author Mur Lafferty still has the remote to this metal monster.