…well, I finally got around to coloring this. I’ve been practicing coloring all day, trying to find the best method of rendering a children’s book. I played with an older picture of Mari and think I’ve settled upon the method that I’m going to use. It’s close to this, but just a bit smoother. I need to keep working and practicing to get it right, though. With time…with time…
Anyway, I’ll keep at it. In the meantime, I hope you like this colored pic of Sweetheart and Boomer. …there’s still a story here and I need to write it out ;-)
Well, I’m back from Miami and had swimming on my mind (being right next to the beach). So, here is Sugar enjoying a swim.
…something is weighing heavily on the prince’s mind…but what could it be? He’s being secretive about it, but whatever it is, I’m sure Calico’s Crowned Prince will bounce back from it, as he usually does.
This was a commission at FA:U. The commissioner had a theme and it was homemade. …he also had a preference for cats so…I pretty much got to do anything as long as it stuck to the theme. So, I worked with kitten Boomer and kitten Sweetheart.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…or so she had been told. So, with that in mind, Sweetheart decided to make something sweet for the fella she was sweet on. Boomer, for his part, was spending the afternoon making a fishing rod so he could learn the trade from his father. He didn’t quite know what to think when he saw Sweetheart approaching him with what he could only assume was food. ^^;
…well, when I was frantically working on Sweet Shoppe #2 and was quickly running out of time, I started to work on the Princes of Calico. I had drawn all three boys as kittens, but only Arjuna was ever shown as an adult. So, I needed to work on the other two, Alder (the Crowned Prince) and Palm (the Third Prince). As the first to emerge from the womb, it’s Alder who will someday inherit the throne. Arjuna and Palm are still princes, but will never see the full power of the monarch title unless something happens to Alder (and we pray nothing will).
Anyway, Alder favors his mother, Avalon, in appearance. He rather looks like a male version of her. Palm, on the other hand, favors his father, Artemis. They both have the mottled, spotty markings. …Palm also has a permanent 5 o’clock shadow. …I…haven’t drawn Artemis, yet, so I don’t know if this is something he has as well. I guess we’ll see.
These are primary sketches of the two princes, but they’re reasonably close to what I want them to look like
Well, my Sweet Shoppe girls are all finished! At last, all my girls have a chibi version of themselves. Rounding out the final two are Candy (in pink) and Tange (in orange).
…one more down, two more good girls and one bad to go Anyhoo, here’s Plum, the “muscle” of the shoppe…you know, when Boomer’s not around, that is. Plum is one tough cookie, but even so, she’s got an almost motherly air to her that comes out very strongly when she’s around children or people she cares about. But, other times, she just a strong-willed super assistant! OH YEAH!
Well, moving along with the Sweet Shoppe “chibi” series, I finally got around to drawing the most sultry of the Sweet Shoppe girls, Mint. Mint’s a dancer and has a very fluid capacity of movement. …also, I have never drawn her feet. LOL! Well, that only leaves Candy, Tange and Plum to go. …well…and Brandy ^^; Anyhoo, back to work!