So, yeah, I sketched this in pencil, colored it on the computer, printed it, and gave it to my mother. It was wonderful to hear her laughter echoing through the house!
Artist's notesArgh! I hate drawing stringy teenagers! And yes, I know rabbits don't have thumbs!
Now that I've got that out of my system, I can tell you that I was trying to go for the "every hair of his fur is visible" effect that I created for the Twitter drawing. Of course, I soon realize I was going to run out of Mother's Day and not have the drawing finished. What you see here is actually the result of a series of happy accidents.
I started coloring the drawings in Fireworks –trying to imitate what I had done with the Christmas Story epilogue–, but due to the way I had drawn the mother rabbit, it was impossible for me to find a brush the right size to color her effectively. I therefore fell back on my tried-and-true method of hand vector tracing.
Having her vectorized allowed me to add some computer-calculated shading to her which, while it wasn't exactly what I wanted, did save me some time. I touched it up in fireworks, but unfortunately, you could see where the computer-calculated shading ended, and mine began. I decided to use this to my advantage and made it the individual locks of fur. I the repeated the process for the whining bunny.
For his siblings, I did the coloring entirely in Fireworks. While doing his sister (the one that looks curiously in his direction) I lost the color I was using due to a slip of the mouse. Since I had been applying it with a 60% transparency (to allow the underlying paper to still be visible), I couldn't just select it and use it again. But I looked at what I had: the toes had been left white, as had the finger tips. This was a valid coloring for a bunny! I fixed her up (i.e. erased the color from the few toes that had received it) and left her like that.
Of course, having done that, I couldn't have the little rascal be a solid color, so I gave him those spots. I still wonder about that decision though.
For the rest, I have to express my gratitude to Dirk Tiede for posting his study of paws; I hadn't understood how they worked until now.