My Banner is Here!!!

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Holy crap, I went through hell and back trying to set this up.

But it’s done, and I DID IT! And my banner is nice and tall and… a little dark..

Ah well, I’m not too worried about it. Let’s just hope the lighting on the con floor will be much brighter than my ten year old living room light! And let me tell you, this photo does not do it justice.

Here it is, in all it’s glory~

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Not bad for a first time banner design. I can’t wait to switch it up in the coming years~

Coming Soon: An Events Tab!

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Psst… Hey…I’ll let you in on a little secret.

My new years resolution for 2017 is to start showing my stuff offline as much as I show it online. That means I’ll be actually going places to exhibit! Holy moly! I’ve been going to conventions and artist markets as an attendee for years now, but times are about to change. I’ll be stationary, at one place, behind a table. Showing what I got~

 

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Literally, this. ^

 

My website will soon feature an events tab where I’ll update what conventions and markets and places I’ll be (with a table). I’ll still attend places as an attendee to get the mingles out, but I cannot wait to continue meeting people and making connections and relationships with others. I’ll be great, so please join me on my journey!

So, if you want to see what I got, I have an email list to talk specifically to you with personal updates, tutorials, fun facts, or anything of value I come across. This will also be a great way for you to be the first to know which shows I’ll be attending.

You should totally sign up!

 

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday ?

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While many a-Black Friday deals are still happening (and some coming to a close), I’d love to throw out that Small Business Saturday is definitely a thing! Showing support to the local businesses in your area can always circulate funds back in your economy! Also, you can find some hidden gems of a service or business you’ve never heard of.

There’s this small business night market that’s happening downtown in my city tonight, and I’m excited to go and meet people! It’s a super cute and classy event with tickets being 6 bucks. I’m definitely heading over there! I… also have a tendency to chat it up with vendors wherever I go. Be it convention or craft show. Hey now! I need my social interaction. (Illustration’s a lonely job)

With that being said, since… I am a small business, I’m also going to shamelessly plug my commissions being open and I would love to create something beautiful for you. By the way, I’ve been having a lot of fun creating banners with my work. Such as the one below. (It’s clickable!)

If you’re interested, please do not hesitate to contact me! I don’t bite~ And if you’d like to share this post, please do so!

Please enjoy your Saturday, and buy local! <3

~PK

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Sustainability

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When I was a kid, my mother used to tend to a garden. We had small plants like tomatoes, basil, thyme, and we incorporated those in our family meals. Now, I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but let me say this again. I’m a city girl. We didn’t have a ton of space to grow that garden, but it was ours, mom grew those plants, and they were delicious additions to dinner.

I was so inspired by mom’s apparent green thumb and I used to take dried beans in a soil filled cup, water them, read to them and warm them with light and company. It was amazing that dried beans from the grocery store could still sprout and grow. It fascinated me.

This acrylic painting resonates with me so much. The story is simply Momma rabbit teaching her youngest and eldest daughter the importance of growing your own food, knowing where it’s coming from and maintaining a sustainable and healthy earth. The eldest daughter, convinced she didn’t have a green thumb to save her life is delightfully surprised that her first crop is growing strong and healthy.

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She was just like me discovering that she really can make a difference. One seed (or in my case, bean) at a time.

~PK

Steal…? Like an Artist?

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When it comes to finding ideas, I always find the best ones already done by someone else. You’ll hear me mutter “dammit, why didn’t I think of that?”

I always had trouble with the thought of copying. As a kid, I traced. But as I fell deeper and deeper into the vast cave of the art world the rule was an outward no-no to rip other artists off. That included tracing, referencing, copying, or being inspired by others. If the idea’s been done before then drop it. This ain’t your territory anymore, back off and find your own idea. It’s as if every original thought is precious and unique, but.. Is it? Is it really?

“Steal Like and Artist” by Austin Kleon opened my eyes on how crucial and okay it is to let other people influence your work. Now I’m not saying find a piece and claim it as yours, but letting something that inspires you make your work flourish. That’s how we get better.

 

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If something interests you, a color palette, a pose, a composition, let that bleed into your work. Nine times out of ten if I’m working on a piece inspired by something else, it never comes out like what sparked my interest in the first place! Don’t be married to your reference though, let it take a breath of it’s own and put your own spin onto it. Allow it morph and transform into something your own. But never be afraid to be inspired. Be inspired the right way, and steal like an artist.

Is there an artist or a piece that inspires you? Share them in the comments below! I’d love to see it!

 

 

 

 

Illustration’s a Party!

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When I work on artwork, I love listening to podcasts, especially relating to the business of illustration and comics. My favorite art podcast to this date is called Big Illustration Party Time and it covers the realities of  freelance illustration. Hosted by professional Illustrators Kevin Cross and Joshua Kemble.

You can check out Kevin’s work here:

http://kevincross.net/

And you can check out Josh’s work here:

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They have really, really great content. And even though the podcast is 3 years old, everything they’ve said has been relevant to this day. For a realistic look into the struggles and victories of the life of a freelancer, check it out. They talk about their work weeks, their personal projects, the ones they’re contributing to and so much more.  Listening to these two while I worked gave me confidence, ideas, and insight on what my future would entail should I choose the life of a freelancer.

Again, check them out. http://bigillustrationparty.com/

Do you have any podcasts you tune into? What else do you like to listen to while working?

Share with me in the comments below!

 

~PK

 

Arthur Read Was Right!

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Remember “Arthur”? That 90’s PBS Kids slice of life show with the colorful cast of characters? I remember it. I remember it fondly.

 

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Remember the library episode and how excited it made us to get up and go to the nearest book stacks? Oh yeah, I do too! So after my boyfriend and I visited MY local library, I said what the heck and asked the librarian to see if there were any books on “Art Marketing”. Not only was there one book, but there were a TONS that piqued my interest! I started flipping frantically, sweat beading on my brow, book after book adding on to my pile! 3, 4, 9 books later this is what happened:

 

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I… just got so excited I couldn’t stop! I had to waddle in and out the elevator with books cradled in my arms. And not only that but I got my own library card too! Now I don’t have to squat on my boyfriend’s account on those off occasions! I’ve got my -own- library card, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it!

Taking books out is like taking multiple cars out on a test run! I’ve found so many books from this stack alone that I want to buy and keep all for myself.

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“Now I know what TRUE power feels like!”

 

Seriously though, if you’re looking for something new, check your local library out. You know what they say, “having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card!”

Do you have a favorite art book? Let me know in the comments below!

~PK

A New Tutorial in the Works!

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I’m so excited to officially announce on my website that a digital painting tutorial is on the way, and I’m gonna talk about it and talk about it until it’s finally released! I’m contemplating a few things such as the official release date, and how I’ll be releasing it. But all I know is that it’s happening! If you’ve ever been interested in how I paint, you’re gonna want to check it out.

 

And with the great news, a friendly reminder:

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There’s so much exciting stuff I can’t wait to reveal! I don’t want to dump it all at once!

Stay tuned for the awesomesauce of updates!

~PK

5 Ways to Break Your Artist’s Rut

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One of the things that makes us stuck in life is doing the same thing, every day, nonstop. Wake up, go to work, responsibilities, bed. Wash, rinse and repeat. You ever feel like the older you get, the shorter the years feel? Now, I’m only a millennial, but I do think that this year has been extremely short compared to 2010. So, taking this back to my previous point, if years feel shorter, and we’re spending that year working and providing, where does that leave us? Unhappy? I’m sure. As if the year has been squandered? Definitely so.

I decided to do things a little different. As a creative, I get my best ideas out of experiences and doing! So you know what, I changed my city scenery and traded it for a farm.

And holy cow, it was awesome!

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Really! Holy COW!

Again, I’m a city girl, so all of this was brand new. The environment was totally different, from the air to the clouds… and the occasional whiff of manure.

My friends took me apple picking for the first time! I went pumpkin picking for the first time! I took a day where I enjoyed the fresh air and allowed exploration and adventure to unfurl as I wandered through a corn maze. I petted a freaking ALPACA! For the first. Time!

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It was so freaking fluffy!

I say this because not only as creatives, but as people we just need a day to get out of the studio. Doing so refreshes our routine and breaks the monotony. It creates bonds with others, memories, things we can take back home and enrich our lives. Being in a new environment, even just for a day can do wonders for the mind and soul.

So here are 5 tips to break the monotony:

  • Experience some place new. Even if this means taking the funds out to make a small trip for the future. Do it. You won’t regret it.
  • Do something new/learn a new skill. Are you a terrible cook? Found a place hosting low-stress cooking classes? Jump on it!
  • Spend time with people. I know. Illustration is a lonely job. Call someone up for a coffee or tea date. Let the conversation spin off. I personally need time to recharge after being around people for extended periods of time. But that’s the same way with being alone.
  • Unplug. Seriously. It’s hard as heck to get off the phone. Especially my generation, but turn the phone off, maybe leave it home for a few hours, walk around your area and be present. Become aware of your surroundings.
  • Look Locally. Cities are skyrocketing with go local mentality! Check in your area’s newspaper, art stores, small businesses and online for fliers about upcoming events. I decided to take my own advice and something amazing happened.

BONUS: Look for a store you’ve never been to before! Explore it, talk to people! Especially if it’s a local shop.

Switching up my environment was just what I needed. Apple picking, pumpkin picking, and tasting those deliciously crisp Fuji apples I picked all on my own inspired me to create this piece.

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How have you broken your artist rut? Share your experiences below!

 

~PK

Commissions Opening November 10th!

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Iiiiit’s official!

I’ll be  opening commissions  November 10th! Save the date!

I’m super excited!

 

I’ve created a commission form for clients to fill out. This’ll allow me to keep track of orders efficiently and effectively instead of digging through notes and emails!
Check it out!

I still have some work to do with tightening up my process to make things run smoothly, but hey! Every step is one step forward!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at prettykittycommissions@gmail.com
I look forward to working with you. 🙂