Aby-a-Day – 6 November: Sketchy Singapura (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is a work in progress of a Singapura drawing I’m working on…

What do you think?

Aby-a-Day – 23 October: “I’m done packing!” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Remember when I posted this sketch? Well, my friend Teresa aksed me for a drawing for an upcoming issue of Cat Talk: “The theme for October is “Homecoming”…as in how to place cats, rehoming cats & those issues, etc…What I’m thinking is something with a cat moving to a new home.”

I remembered the unfinished sketch and sent it to her, asking if it would fit. She did, and so I finished it. I did the outlines in Procreate, and then the colouring and other details in Photoshop. I wish I could remember the original dialogue that I had in mind…but this works.

Aby-a-Day – 28 September: Behind the artwork (Photoshop Friday)

I thought you might be interested in how I create a cartoon. I only rarely ever draw a complete drawing in one go. At least not when I am drawing on paper and scanning the the result.

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When I draw on paper, I do a sketch and then trace the sketches in ink. I sometimes do more than one trace of the sketch on the inking sheet.

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Then I assemble the best parts and start colouring.

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Other bits, like the BBQ grill and the apron, are drawn and assembled on separate layers. But when it’s all assembled, it looks like the image at the top.

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The next year, I added Dory. While Marlin is a cream Maine Coon, Dory is a blue Oriental Shorthair. I actually did draw Dory in one go, so her layer is not as exciting.

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For the newest NEMO iteration of Marlin, I realised I didn’t need to redraw all of Marlin, but only certain parts. Just his head, both arms, and some whiskers. But it worked. And it was so much easier than reinventing the wheel. Thanks to Photoshop, I didn’t have to.

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The Singapuras were a bit more tricky.

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I drew each one separately and three of them are complete, stand-alone cats. Only the one in the very back is a partial Singapura.

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The whiskers were done separately.

Aby-a-Day – 18 September: NO CAPES! (Cartoon Tuesday)

I am sure most of you saw this coming…yes, it’s Lorelai as Edna Mode. Above is the inked linework, done in Procreate, with the speech bubble and text done in Photoshop.

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And…here is the colour version, started in Procreate and finished in Photoshop (I haven’t been able to find as good a fur brush in Procreate, and I had no way to make the eyeglass lenses or the background without Photoshop.

And if you’re curious about why Edna reacts so vehemently when capes are mentioned, check out this very insightful analysis of just why Edna is so anti-cape. You’ll never see that scene the same way again.

Aby-a-Day – 11 September: Here he comes to save the day! (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last week I posted the line drawing of the Sepia Saviour, catdom’s smallest superhero. Here it is in colour (well, kind of)!

I posted the line drawing to the Singapura group on Facebook, and members started suggesting superpowers that our hero might possess. Some of them included: “the ability to knock anything off the counter while staring you in the face,” “Singa ‘talk back’ power (for when you don’t do what they want…quickly enough!,” “master manipulators who can con you out of a treat in a single meow,” “‘Iron Claw’ power: try to get something out of their grip,” “the ability to immobilize a 150 pound adult human for hours at a time by just sleeping on them,” along with “the ability to trip said adult by walking between their feet,” and, of course, “Singa stink-eye power”!

About that cape, though…well…you’ll see…

Aby-a-Day – 4 September: Ba-SINGA! (Cartoon Tuesday)

At the last cat show, Björn came up with the saying “SingaPower!” So I had to do this. I haven’t had time to colour it yet…stay tuned.

Aby-a-Day – 31 July: You’re never done learning (Cartoon Tuesday)

I am endlessly amazed at how popular the Warriors series is in Germany and Holland. I mean, it’s way more popular than it is in the UK or the States. If you search Amazon.de, you can find all sorts of Warriors merchandise.

Look at all this! Sticky notes, badges, notebooks, gloves…I have the laptop stickers and I love them. You can’t get any of this on the other Amazons (.com and .uk.co), trust me. I looked.

Because I order my (English) Warriors books from Amazon.de, they send me emails when new Warriors items are released. Usually, they’re translations of the series books in German, but a few weeks ago they sent me an email about an interesting book entitled Warrior Cats – Katzenzeichnen: Von den Grundformen bis zur Clankatze (Warrior Cats – Cat Drawing: From Basic to Clan Cat).

Now, I have been drawing cats for over 50 years, and apparently I’m pretty good at it, since people like the drawings I do. But this book is amazing, even for someone like me. Because you can always learn more drawing techniques. Look at the instruction on drawing paws (well, hands, if you’re doing Abys).

The book goes into great detail about all aspects of cat life, and it even has blank pages for you to practice on. Unfortunately for me, it’s in German, and it’s a translation of the original publication…in Dutch. So there is no English edition of this book yet. Considering that the original books were English, it’s a bit interesting that the Germans and Dutch have taken to the cats so much that they’re coming up with all kinds of original items and books that aren’t available in English!

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Using some of the book’s recommendations, I did this sketch of Izaak. What do you think?