Here’s another illustration from this quarter’s The Cat magazine about a young girl who fashioned a makeshift ramp for her new kittens to be able to climb up onto her bed. Super cute idea!
Right about now, those who regularly get The Cat magazine should be receiving their copies through the post and in it will be the illustration you see above. Well, eventually see after it’s all come together! Illustrating this piece was ace and perfect to show the process I went through. I’m rather fond of making process posts now!
If you would like a copy of The Cat magazine, details can be found here.
Here’s a sneak peek of a project I’ve been working on for around a year now. It’s an app for Cats Protection. Initially it was just concepts and rough artwork but since January this year, I and the multi-talented developer Moopf, have been busying ourselves with all manner of coding, illustrating and gaming mechanics to get this app off the ground. And it’s working!
The idea of the app is to give the player a lighthearted view of what it’s like to run a Cats Protection Homing Centre, rehome and look after a number of cats. In gaming terms we’ve combined the fun of a match-3 puzzle game with the challenge of a light sim management game. How it works is that a cat will come in to your Centre in need of rehoming. You then play a match-3 puzzle game to get that cat ready for adoption by making sure it’s well fed, looked after and entertained. If successful the cat then has a short stay in the Centre before being adopted. The Centre can be improved with new rooms such as a Behaviour Suite, Vet Block additional Cat Wings and more.
The screen shots above show the match-3 game in action (how cute is Burt?!). It’s been so fun to work on but it’s not over yet as we’re currently putting together the management sim. So I still get to draw a lot more cool things! The plan is to launch the app on all Android and iOS devices this Summer but I will have a build with me for anyone who is going to the MCM Expo to have a play with this weekend. Yet another reason to come along to my table!
I’ve been doing a lot more digital illustration recently so thought I’d record from the (almost) start to completion. The image was for an article in Cats Protection’s The Cat magazine about the importance of microchipping. Apologies for the slightly dodgy recording but I think the screen capture was set to zoom or something.
The first work-related illustration I drew in 2013 was a tiled background as part of a larger project for Cats Protection. It’s not going to be used in this state so not to let this go to waste, you’re welcome to download (link below) and use at your leisure. But if you do then please consider making a small donation to CP via this link as it was drawn for them in the first place.
Remember that animation I’ve been working on and mentioning on Twitter for a few weeks now? Well this is it, the Cats Protection Christmas eCard. The only request was for it to feature a black cat but other than that I had an open brief - and about three weeks to do it in between other projects.
Today marks the second National Black Cat Day, where Cats Protection promotes black cats who are often unnecessarily ignored by would-be adopters. Why? Maybe superstition, the want for ‘prettier’ moggies or the negativity caused by popular culture. Whatever the reason, it’s completely pointless and this year’s campaign (more details can be found here) is asking for a show of support by getting people to take a photo of themselves sporting a black cat mask. My job was to illustrate a poster to promote such an ask.
Every couple of years, Cats Protection has their (newly renamed) National Cat Awards where owners nominate a particular feline who has gone above and beyond the usual duties of being the family pet. With such grand stories that get sent in, I sometimes forget Tali’s exceptional skill; saving my wussy butt from spiders!
I’m not sure if spider-catcher is a category in the National Cat Awards but you can find more out about them by visiting the official site.
Here it is, the final part of All Too Familiar. Sad isn’t it? Without sounding too preachy, this kind of thing happens all the time and was one of the reason why I drew the comic in the first place. Working for a charity like Cats Protection means I’m exposed to these topics and makes me want to help the only way I can - by drawing comics! That and dropping hints about visiting the official CP site for more information about older cat rehoming…
I’m in the process of getting All Too Familiar printed so if you’d like a version you could hold in your hands (how retro!) complete with a sketch in the front page, more details will be coming next week.
All Too Familiar
Could you resist the cute chirping of an excitable kitten? The penultimate episode of All Too Familiar is here showing that not people many can. Remember, all the previous parts can be found by clicking the links below.
All Too Familiar
Here’s the fourth part of my serialised comic, All Too Familiar, introducing the ‘food-bringers’. Will one of the cats be lucky? Find out soon but in the mean time, you can click here for more info about older cats.
All Too Familiar
Part three of All Too Familiar is go! I hope you’re enjoying the comic so far, there’s still three more weeks to go so be sure to check back. If you missed any of the previous parts, you can find them by clicking the link below and as ever, more info about rehoming older cats can be found by clicking here.
All Too Familiar
It’s part two of All Too Familiar! Part one can be found by clicking this link and part three will be going up next Wednesday so if you want to know just who these ‘food bringers’ are, stay tuned!
And If you’re interested in finding out more about the issues surrounding rehoming older cats, click here.
Introducing All Too Familiar, my first serialised comic! I’m quite excited as I’ve put a lot of work into this and for the next five weeks I’ll be posting another part of the story. The comic was inspired by a press release a friend of mine wrote for the Cats Protection website a number of weeks ago about the difficulties in rehoming older cats. If you’re interested, you can find more information about that here, otherwise I hope you enjoy All Too Familiar!
This is a little something I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks as part of a larger project. I was asked to develop six animations stings for a video aimed at educating the many generous volunteers CP has. What you see above was an introduction to a section on media featuring Anthony Head, who kindly voiced some of the video. Now that I’ve really sunk my teeth into animation, I have a feeling it’ll become a bigger part of my illustration role, which is great because it was a lot of fun!