What was Skitty Posting?
A gimmick Twitter account I ran primarily from January 2022 to April 2022 with two updates made in May and July, where every day I'd post a Skitty dressed up as a random video game character. Originally I wasn't sure if it was that, or a game character turned into a Skitty, but eventually I figured, yeah, they're Skitty in cosplay.
Where did the idea come from?
Funnily enough, it has its origins in that Spamton comic I put out a while back. I was trying to teach myself digital coloring, but I needed something to actually color in for practice. So I whipped up a sheet of hastily drawn Skitties - because of course it was Skitty - then started coloring in each one with different colors, brushes, and styles. Then I got the idea to give one the palette of CK, the site mascot. Shortly after that one I said to myself "You know what would be funny? If I drew Axl's helmet on this one." Then things kinda spiraled out of control from there.
Looking back, I think Auron turned out best, though Sigma, Spamton, and Luigi aren't too bad. I was still trying to figure things out with Axl so he's really messed up, and Hades and Balthier are muddy and yes, I realized after I was done that I forgot Balthier's earrings.
But that was the catalyst for starting my own knockoff of SigmaPosting, a Twitter account that posts Sigma's head edited onto random video game characters. Collected here is the archive of daily Skitties, followed by the five big specials I put out in intervals (the specials are fairly large, but if you want to see them full size you can Right-Click -> Open in New Tab). And yes I'm aware of a recurring flaw where things on the head like hair and hats are drawn level when the Skitty's head is tilted, I'm a mediocre artist at best.
MASK de Skitty
King S. Kitty
The Mana Skitty
Aphroditty (Valentine's Day Special)
The Blue Dragitty
Skina Nyara Skina
Captain Skirup (Mar10 Special)
Skitali'zorah nar Pokeball
Skonic the Hedgekitty
Nyaran Skryan (St. Patrick's Day Special)
Wailitty (April Fool's Special)
Baskitty fon Route 116
Professor Herskel Littyton
Nightskade (Box Art and In-Game Palettes)
Billy Hatsker (Easter Special)
The Dark Sking
The Liar Prinskitt
Spamitty and Spamitty MEOW
The Lost Vikitties, Skeric the Sweet, Baelitty the SO FIERCE, and Skolaf the Cute
Zagritty and Skades
So, what happened to the account?
It got slammed from several directions. First and foremost, it just seems like everyone got bored of it. The main reason I started the account was to teach myself Photoshop and digital coloring, and after a hundred Skitties I felt like I'd hit a plateau on what I could learn from modifying and coloring a template Skitty. I was also trying to work on The Greatest Deal of All, would be getting into a good stride with it, realize "Fuck, my Skitty buffer is getting low," then have to divert three days to building it back up, resetting my momentum on the project I was more interested in.
Also, while Sigma goes with everything, many characters do not translate well into a Skitty (how would a Kirby Skitty work? It'd just be a solid pink Skitty, right?), and attempting a character that I had to throw out because it just didn't work always made me want to pack everything up and go into farming or something. It was also disheartening to see the Skitties I was more proud of do worse than the ones I felt like I phoned in. I had a fondness for the slightly creepy ones like Deathwitty and Pious Auguskitty (even if the latter was, as one of my earlier works, not very good), and they'd get fifteen likes at most. Although several I was pleased with did gain traction, like Protoskitty, Skol Badkitty, and Skovel Knightty.
I finally had to take a week off after Baschkitty, and that short break killed the account. Engagement tanked after that, but maybe it was a case of bad timing as I just so happened to take that break right before the Elon Musk kerfuffle broke out.
Finally, the Liar Prinskitt broke me. I thought it was cute and I had fun drawing it, but I don't think it got a single Like until SigmaPosting retweeted it, and if it did it was only 1 or 2. That sent me in a spiral of doubt and artistic frustration: was it bad? Does nobody care anymore? Why am I even doing this?
I took a step back and said to myself "Holy shit, this is not healthy."
While we're on the subject of Spamton, I'd like to share an anecdote with you. There was a Twitter artist who, in the early days of Chapter 2, made the sweetest, most adorable art of him. I checked back on them in March and they were still drawing him... suffering horrific injuries. It gave off the impression this artist had grown to resent him, like they wanted to do something else but got typecast and felt like to keep drawing him to stay on top of both their new audience and the Twitter algorithm, and was taking out their frustrations on him. I could totally be wrong and the artist was just going through a phase, but I still took that image of Spamton with a bloody compound fracture jutting out of his leg as a warning of how trying to please social media with your artwork can poison your passion, not just for your craft but your subject matter.
Then I started a new job at the beginning of May, which took a bite out of my free time. And since a lot of the free time I did have was going into the Spamton comic, that was the final nail in the coffin for the account even before that pesky "humid summer with no air conditioning" problem kicked in. I finished the Toriel and Zagrues/Hades ones afterward, then felt it was time to quietly retire the project. There are three or four more large specials I still want to do and maybe I'll get around to them and post them here.