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.
Each Himalayan Hijinx print is hand signed and hand numbered out of a total run of 50. Once they are sold out, no more will be run.
The print comes mounted in a 16″ x 20″ archival mat with backing board. All of my prints are matted to standard frame sizes for ease of framing.
I cut my own mats. The mat colors may vary depending on what I have in stock but I always pick something that compliments the artwork. If you place an order and would like a specific mat color, send me a note and I will try to accommodate you. For Himalayan Hijinx I usually use a double mat, often with a gray inner border color and a dark blue outer color. Sometimes I use the same color for both the inner and outer mats. This creates a different but equally appealing look. The print itself is about 11″ x 14″, which leaves an approximate 2.5″ border on the sides and 3″ on the top and bottom.
Prints are protected by a clear plastic archival bag that guards against moisture and minor scratches. I recommend leaving the print inside the bag until it is transferred to a frame.
Note: The URL and copyright watermark are not part of the image.