Kitty Lander is a pencil drawing of a kitten emerging from a spacecraft that’s just landed… somewhere. Or maybe it’s a toy that the kitten is investigating.
I keep a library on my computer of cat photos that I’ve found on the internet and elsewhere. I use them as pose references sometimes when drawing cats. I did that with Kitty Lander. The kitten’s markings were likewise inspired by reference photos. In this case I used features from several different cat photos to make a cute tabby kitten. At least I think the kitten is cute. Hopefully other people will as well.
The lander isn’t based on any real spacecraft. I mostly wanted something that would compliment but not overwhelm the kitten. That meant that it had to be small. If it were real I would hope that the kitten didn’t have to ride in it for very long, as it looks a bit cramped. Of course real space capsules aren’t usually luxurious, either, so maybe that’s okay. Real space capsules don’t usually have lander legs, either. Chalk it up to artistic license.
I found some images online of Apollo capsules and had those on my screen while I was drawing Kitty Lander. My capsule doesn’t look much like an Apollo capsule. I did borrow a few design cues, though, like the recessed retro rockets under the window. I didn’t go overboard with detail on the capsule. I wanted the kitty to be the prominent feature.
I decided against doing a background for Kitty Lander. The focus is on the kitty and the spacecraft. I wanted to keep this one simple.
The original drawing is done in graphite pencils on 2-ply Bristol vellum.
Note: The URL and copyright watermark are not part of the image.