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Out in the jun¬≠gle, all on your own‚Ķ

I was not always what you would call an out­doorsy per­son. My child­hood was almost entire­ly spend indoors, alter­nat­ing between devour­ing books and immers­ing myself in video games.

It was way past my ado¬≠les¬≠cence that I dis¬≠cov¬≠ered my intense love of nature. This love not only man¬≠i¬≠fest¬≠ed itself in my choice to go veg¬≠an to try and min¬≠i¬≠mize the dam¬≠age I do on Moth¬≠er Nature and our fur¬≠ry friends, but also in a change in my inter¬≠ests and hobbies.

Sure, I still love books and games, but you can also often find me under a blue sky. Be it geo¬≠caching, run¬≠ning, bicy¬≠cling, or hik¬≠ing, if it can be done out¬≠side, I love it! And if there is a way to spend a vaca¬≠tion with a tent on my back and some stur¬≠dy boots on my feet, then count me right the frick in!

So, of course, I was more than excit¬≠ed when the guys from the online card game Cata¬≠mancer asked me to illus¬≠trate their card Sur¬≠vival Kit¬≠ten.


Kit­ten overload

Sur¬≠vival Kit¬≠ten marks the fourth illus¬≠tra¬≠tion I did for Cata¬≠mancer. If you want to check the first three illus¬≠tra¬≠tions, here is Cat¬≠splo¬≠sion, Card¬≠board Box and Cook¬≠ie Cut¬≠ter Cut.

Work­ing with Frost­bolt Games, the pub­lish­er of Cata­mancer, is an absolute blast, and this time was no different.

When I post¬≠ed my ini¬≠tial idea about my lit¬≠tle ram¬≠bo cat, cute but also fero¬≠cious, they were game imme¬≠di¬≠ate¬≠ly. And I have to say, folks, I didn‚Äôt have so much fun draw¬≠ing some¬≠thing in a long time!

It all start¬≠ed with a base sketch that I did on my iPad in Pro¬≠cre¬≠ate. I‚Äôve got¬≠ten into the habit of tak¬≠ing my iPad to work with me and mer¬≠ri¬≠ly scrib¬≠bling away on it dur¬≠ing my lunch¬≠break. I know, I know, it‚Äôs not the most healthy habit and I should take a break once in a while, but LOOK AT THOSE EYES! IRRESTISTABLE! How could you leave that alone?

A ques¬≠tion of color

So, which col¬≠or should the cat be? Now, per¬≠son¬≠al¬≠ly, I‚Äôm a big fan of black cats (and not just because my partner‚Äôs cat is black, which‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČby the way‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČwas the rea¬≠son for the cat in the ‚Äč‚ÄúCard¬≠board Box‚ÄĚ illus¬≠tra¬≠tion being black), but I want¬≠ed to go with some¬≠thing more col¬≠or¬≠ful for this illustration.

Since I already knew the cam¬≠ou¬≠flage shirt would be pre¬≠dom¬≠i¬≠nant¬≠ly green, I thought the orange coat would fit that just fine and would also go along nice¬≠ly with the blue background.

The cat‚Äôs eyes have been orange, too‚Ķuntil the home stretch of the art¬≠work, when my part¬≠ner sug¬≠gest¬≠ed that I should try icy blue instead. The rea¬≠son being‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČyou guessed it‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČanoth¬≠er cat that we know. :)

Any¬≠way, draw¬≠ing the kit¬≠ten was a lot of fun, I am real¬≠ly pleased with the results and I hope I can work for the Cata¬≠mancer game again in the future and draw some more fur¬≠ry critters.

In the mean¬≠time, please make sure to find the cat near¬≠est to you and give it a lit¬≠tle pet!