Cat Queen of Mercury is the third image in a series that started with Cat Princess of Mars and continued with She-Cats of Venus. Our intrepid interplanetary cat explorer has found himself in a predicament again. This time he’s on Mercury.
Okay, okay, I know Mercury is not a very hospitable place. But this poster is a parody of old campy sci-fi films where reality took a back seat to… well, most everything.
Fans of a certain famous rock band may find some extra goodies in this one. With a title like Cat Queen of Mercury I couldn’t resist. Since I’m also a musician, consider it a nod to a band that inspired me over the years.
The cat colossus in the background of the image has no particular significance. I just thought it looked interesting. I don’t think NASA has any photos of giant stone cats on Mercury. Or do they? Maybe it’s a conspiracy?
My Mercury landscape is entirely fictional. This is supposed to be a campy film from a time before space probes, so I didn’t use any reference at all for the landscape. I did, however, use some reference photos for the cats.
Cat Queen of Mercury is a bit of a departure from the other images in the series in that is entirely digital. I did not sketch elements in pencil and then scan them as I’d done before. I’m not sure if this is better or not, but it worked for this image. I did not use any photographic elements, either.
Some people have told me that the fine print is the best part. It reads: “You can almost forgive them for making a sequel to a cheesy, bad sci-fi cat film. But another sequel? How many space cat movies do we need, anyway? Based very loosely (not really much at all) on the new original screenplay, ‘Silhouette of a Cat-Oh’ by Dooyah Siem.”
This is a digital illustration done in Photoshop.
Note: The URL and copyright watermark are not part of the image.