Cute but not too cutesy?

In my quest to see how my style can handle a wide variety of subject matters I decided to do a painting/illustration of a kitten. I wanted it to be cute, (as kittens usually are) but not cute in a ‘cuddly fluffy bunny greeting card’ sort of way.

II have used strong colours and graphic patterns to steer away from a traditional fluffy pastel soft focus sort of approach.

Kitten mixed media - watercolour, gouache and pastel
Kitten mixed media – watercolour, gouache and pastel

Here is the initial pencil sketch I worked from to produce the final painting.

Kitten - initial pencil visual
Kitten – initial pencil visual
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