A Ring-Tailed Cat – also known as a Miner’s Cat – isn’t a cat at all. This species actually belongs to the raccoon family (as you can probably tell by that super fluffy stripey tail). It is also the official state mammal of my former home, Arizona.
As I slowly settle back into a routine in my studio, I’m discovering the process for these Animal Battle paintings is pretty minimal. I usually research a bunch of images to reference for each new animal, then do one quick sketch (seen above) to figure out what my beast will wear. In this case, I wanted to arm this soldier with succulents from his arid desert environment, as well as prickly pear cacti and a few barrel cactus.
I wouldn’t mess with this guy.