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!

Hobo Hutch and the Power of a Tweet

Hobo Hutch

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