Apparently there was a guy named Harry Whittier Frees that would take horrifyingly cute picture of animals dressed up as people for children's books. These were the original cat memes before the internet even existed. I didn't want to get my eyes clawed out so I decided to use my knowledge of Photoshop to create my work.
I am a digital artist and I digitally paint the images together in Photoshop using layers, masks, brushes, and textures. I never use filters, actions, or presets.
For the printing process, I do have to use a special printer for that and I am unable to do it myself as it involves a chemical process a very large amount of space for the equipment.
I use light-sensitive paper just like film photographers use. It has an emulsion on one side of the paper, that is exposed to light (from the digital file) and processed using photography chemicals just like film photography is (color developer, stabilizer, etc).
I still remember the first time I decided that selling my artwork was the only thing I wanted to do. I was 6 or 7 and my mom was driving me home from school when I saw a youhttps://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/f6d5d4d3-0cc8-4545-8eac-a8245bc862cc/ea41edf9-7b2f-4145-b38f-5180ba999a08.jpg/:/cr=t:21.91%25,l:18.4%25,w:63.2%25,h:56.18%25/rs=w:600,h:300,cg:true,mng man trying to sell his artwork on his driveway. I asked my mom what the man was doing and she explained that he was trying to get people to stop and purchase his art. I was excited to learn that you could actually sell something that you drew or made! Of course at the time I was busy with She-Ra coloring books (it was the 80's after all) and I told her I was going to go home and color everything from those books and sell them in our driveway! She politely informed me the best that she could that no one would want to buy a colored She-Ra picture. I still went home and colored my little heart out to get "ready" for the day I would be good enough to sell my work.