Himalayan Hijinx is the first image I did showing Feline No. 9 Squadron in action. The crew of airship 6, piloted by the brave and stalwart Nigel “Red Claw”, is frantically trying to pull three Himalayan cats to safety as they dangle from a frayed rope. I am not sure just what led up to this predicament, but it seems clear that something went very wrong. The pilots and crews of the other two airships in the picture can only observe from a distance and hope for the best.
My concept for this series of images is to illustrate cat breeds named after places in that place, with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure. Hence, in Himalayan Hijinx, the soaring peak of Ama Dablam looms in the distance. Ama Dablam is a real mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. I did considerable research before attempting this image to try and get it right. I had originally thought to use the more obvious choice, Mt. Everest, but the shape of Ama Dablam lent itself better to the composition. I like the result.
The original drawing is done in Prismacolor colored pencils on 2-ply Bristol vellum.
Note: The URL and copyright watermark are not part of the image.