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:


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.



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

A Cat and His Fireplace

DSC_3267 He's a good cat, and like all good and noble hobbits felines, he prefers the company of a warm spot to rest his fuzzy feet.

When we adopted the fellow back in 2004, we were told that he was about three years of age at the time. After the first vet visit though, they suspected that he was a bit older than that. If I had to make a guess, I would say he is now at least ten if not older.

Upon a recent visit to the vet to take care of some much needed tooth cleaning, it was reveled that his liver is in trouble. We still need to do a few more tests on the poor fellow to find out exactly what's up, but he seems in good spirit, appetite, and mood especially now that he has clean teeth. So, hopefully it's something that can be managed or, at least, pass unnoticed by Mr. Bilbo.

In the mean time, I suspect (and hope) there are many more days of enjoying the fires and harassing the dog in his future.

Sketchbook: Toodle Oodle

toodleoodle_sm If you have not see the animated film Coraline yet, do. Really. It's a wonderful story with gorgeous stop motion animation and has an excellent soundtrack. Even the changes from Neil Gaiman's original story I thought were done very well - they added rather than detracted from the story. It has easily become one of my favorite movies of all time. All around charming. Here are a few reviews that I agree with if you need more convincing - Tor and Joe Hill Fiction.

This sketch was just my little way of building a fond mental image of how much I enjoyed the show.

Toodle oodle! :)

(and in case you are wondering why the ticket says senior, it's because we went with my mom for her birthday, and I somehow ended up with her ticket stub :) )