Aby-a-Day – 10 November 2020: Izaak and Major (Cartoon Tuesday)

Just an idea that popped into my head this morning…Izaak as Pixie, and Joe Biden’s Shepherd Major as Brutus. I used a Pixie and Brutus fan art by DiviantArt user Space Meme Stardust as my reference for the first rough sketch.

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Because my new MacBook Pro hasn’t arrived yet, and because I hated the hand-drawn speech bubbles, I turned on my laptop for a few minutes just to add them (and my signature) in Photoshop.

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I also saved the video of my drawing process, just for fun (ie, because Procreate lets me). Click on the image to watch it on Flickr.

Aby-a-Day – 21 Maj: Singapura Stinkeye, Pixie-style (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last week, I did some sketches of Izaak in the style of Pixie from the webcomic Pixie and Brutus. There is one particular cartoon that really inspired me to do a Singapura Stinkeye PixieZak. So…here it is.

I tried to do this entirely in Procreate on my iPad Pro, but I had to do a couple of things in Photoshop after I had finished. One, Björn thought Zak’s eye was too big, so I made it a little smaller…and two, I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to paste my signature into the drawing on Procreate.

However, whilst Procreate may be lacking in layer-pasting abilities, it does have a very nifty feature: it records your drawing, which you can then export as a video! So…here is me drawing Zak as Pixie.

Aby-a-Day – September 23: “No cat can help where they’re born!” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Indulge me a little fan art, here…This week’s cartoon was inspired by the most recent book in the Warriors series about ThunderClan’s new leader: Bramblestar’s Storm. If you haven’t yet discovered the Warriors series, and you’re a cat person (which you must be, if you’re reading my blog), then you really should! They’re epic novels, full of thrilling adventures, mystical prophecies, noble quests, riveting battles, wartime intrigue and forbidden romances…all involving feral cats. Kittypets, cats who are taken care of by humans, are generally shunned, but in this book, the feral cats join up with three kittypets who were abandoned when their homes flooded. One of these cats, Jessy, is described as a “brave, bold, sparkling kittypet” with dark brown fur and amber/golden eyes. She’s sarcastic, quick-witted, great at jumping and climbing, and easily adapts to life with the feral cats’ clan. She can only be an Abyssinian…what other type of cat could she be? This cartoon is just a little scene between Jessy and ThunderClan’s new leader, Bramblestar, who have instant chemistry.

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I’ve actually asked the author (via her Facebook page) if Jessy really is an Aby, but I’ve not heard back yet.

The background is based on a photo by Aaron Knox under a Creative Commons license.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)