Who’s been naughty AND nice?


This year I wanted to develop a theme inspired by our pets as they are so much part of our families, as our human children are. For this new Christmas ecard, the idea was to inject a bit of fun into the festive season using three little mischievous kittens.

Digital kitten engaging with scanned images of water coloured objects forming a rich background

Anyone who has observed cats and boxes (or even young children and boxes), will have seen how they are always more interested in the box itself, rather than what is inside.  They like to try to find any way possible to get inside a box, no matter how small or impossible it may seem. There are tons of You Tube videos that play testament to that.

This card is a series of vignettes of three little playful kittens getting into the Christmas presents which kind of represents the suspense that we all feel when we see the boxes under the Christmas tree. They create a bit of mayhem as only cheeky furry creatures can, before finding a perfect cozy spot in a box to snuggle and settle in for Christmas.  I think this embodies the idea of getting warm and comfy for the holiday season.

The formation of the card involves different elements, using hand painted objects and animated digital characters.  After developing the idea for this card, the basic tale is story-boarded. 

Next, the elements making up the scene, such as the wrapped presents, boxes and a Christmas tree, had to be sketched, painted in water colours then scanned into the computer via Photoshop. The result is a more illustrated feel and look to the overall card.

Hand painted water colour stuffed elephant toy prior to being scanned 

The cheeky kittens were rendered and animated using Adobe Flash, but key frames are usually hand sketched first like traditional animation, so you have more control over plotting the movements of your characters. The sweet kittens stalk, pounce, climb and jump amongst a flurry of gifts and boxes in a delightfully natural manner. We wanted to capture the naturally curious nature of these playful cats. 


Check out the finished product:  www.ojolie.com/index.php?ec_id=208

Can you relate to this ecard?


I would love you to share your experiences here about how your pets also enjoy Christmas. 
Please feel free to post any pics you have of your furry creatures getting into the Christmas spirit and let’s enjoy the inquisitive nature of our darling pets.



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