Happy Cat / Grumpy Cat Christmas card 2016

Merry Christmas everyone, hope you like my Christmas card:

Happy Cat / Grumpy Cat Christmas Card 2016

Happy Cat / Grumpy Cat Christmas Card 2016

Entitled Happy Cat / Grumpy Cat. For those that received my card you got a choice. One side shows Happy Cat with the slogan “i can haz presents?” whilst turning the card around shows Grumpy Cat with a ‘paw’ written slogan of “BAH HUMBUG!”.

So what’s the deal then, Dan? Well, for those that do not peruse/patrol/procrastinate upon the internet let me tell you the most important thing in the world at this moment in time is…

Cats!

and dogs, and, well any other kind of animal really – just as long as you do this:

  1. Capture animal doing something comical and,
  2. Put it on the internet for all to enjoy.

No seriously, the world has gone animal mad – I’m sure you’re aware. Animal vlogging etc is a massive multi million pound global business entity. Just look at about 70 percent of adverts in 2016 and they will feature some animal doing something comical. Cats are especially popular.

So I present then, my card this year which is two cats: Happy Cat and grumpy Cat. The idea being that if you are going to be enjoying Christmas you show the Happy Cat side, if you are a bit of a scrooge, then you can show the grumpy cat side. The point is that I am giving the recipient a choice.

Happy Cat

The happy cat is a tribute to one of the first memes to spring out of the internet:

i can has cheezburger

i can has cheezburger

Though I did ponder whether to use the actual image and recreate it in Illustrator, I did have a look around and chose another, equally happy cat:

Happy cat

Happy cat

Hindsight is great and if I was blessed with it I would have chosen the original happy cat, because this one was a lot more complicated to map out. I drew the outline and started to draw the individual colour sections of fur. I realised though, that not only was this going to take ages, but would also be too complicated for the comic style that I had in mind. I did some research to find out how other cats had been drawn and coloured in a vector style,  concentrating on the major features – the eyes, mouth, ears. I then slowly abstracted out the fur gradations as these were not important for the overall concept. I also decided to remove the background and rear legs and front of the cat and just made the body an oval. A furry ball of happiness. Happy cat was then finished. I realised that all you really needed to convey the happy effect was the mouth and eyes.

I used Comic Neue typeface for the slogan. Probably to be as equally bad as the ubiquitous Impact which adorns every other meme on the internet. I used a bright ‘Christmas tree’ green for the background. Yes, you can have some presents!

Grumpy Cat

My grumpy cat version is a tribute to one of the other internet (and now film) sensations of recent times. The original Grumpy Cat:

I had fun once cat

I had fun once cat

Here is the image that I used – due to it wearing a santa hat:

My grumpy cat

My grumpy cat

This image was easier to simplify. I made the background a dull colour (as un-Chrismassy as possible without it looking horrible) and used a marker pen typeface to mimic the cat scrawling Bah Humbug! across the background in a nonchalant way.

So there you have it – my Happy Cat / Grumpy Cat Christmas Card 2016. Although not an amazing showcase for my Illustrator skills, still it’s just a bit of fun. Sure, I could have spent a few more hours making the fur more comic-like and fine-tuning the colours, but hey, I needed some time to buy some presents!

But it is what it is –  a comical play on the modern usage of the internet for which I am so involved, coupled with a decision for the recipient to decide whether they are happy or grumpy about Christmas. The question is, which one are you?

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Freelance web and graphic designer currently residing in a small town in Kent, UK, called Whitstable, famous for oysters. It's got a great beach.