My Drawing Process

behind the scenes

 My art process actually varies quite a lot, and a lot of the time I don't start with a sketch at all and just work straight in Illustrator. In this case though, I had this idea while sketching up some new ideas for CatCon, so I started with this little sketch. 

Caturn - Space cat Saturn Sketch

I was too lazy to use my scanner (yep) so I just took a photo of it with my phone instead and then started drawing over it in Illustrator. I generally use a lot of circles and basic shapes first, then combine them and edit them with the pathfinder and pen tools. You can see how this cat is basically a circle, so I started with a big circle and added from there. 

Once the basic cat shape was done, I added all the details like stars, whiskers, textures and patterns to finalize the design. 

Work in progress WIP Caturn

Then, time to colorize and add texture!

Saturn Cat Final design

After finishing the design, I decided to turn it into a button using my button press, and then it's ready for the shop! I'm thinking of making it into stickers, patches, mugs or enamel pins too -- what product would you like it see next? Let me know in the comments below!


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