Travel and Art

How Travel Can Affect Your Artwork

As an illustrator, I’ve been stuck in a rut for a while. My full time job had been taking a lot out of me, and I didn’t have much of a chance to get out. But when I did go out, I felt refreshed, renewed, and I’d kick myself in the butt on why I didn’t get out to begin with.
Thus, my recent escapades.

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5 Lessons Learned When Taking Art Commissions

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I’ve been taking commissions and turning my client’s ideas into reality for about 8 years, and I’ve learned a lot. Last week I talked about my biggest mistake when taking art commissions. But with that experience, these 5 things are what I learned to be a better illustrator and a better business owner.

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PrettyKitty’s Painting Process Released! ?

 

Happy New Year!

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Finally! I wanted to create an offical post of my eBook’s release! My painting process showcases what goes on behind the scenes to make client’s idea  become a reality.

This is an exclusive 18 page ebook on what goes on in my head and on my screen while I create my digital illustrations.

If you’re curious how I even start with my pieces, then this is the ebook for you! This free ebook is only for my email list subscribers to PrettyKitty Periodicals! As soon as you opt in, you’ll have a shiny new ebook sent straight to your email! Well? What are you waiting for?

{GET MY COPY NOW!}

 

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? Merry Christmas! ?

Hey all! Merry Christmahanukkwanzakkah! And to my Japanese friends メリークリスマス!!! I’m relaxing with the family but still doing what I love most, drawing.  I have some awesome plans for the upcoming new year, so please stay tuned!

I’m sure kids have already opened their gifts already, but our family likes to open them late. For me, I’m totally cool with it! I love maintaining the surprise!

Like, I freaking love surprises.

I have a gift for you as well though! I have an eBook going through my painting process! If you’ve ever wanted to know how I work from blank to finished, this gift is for you!

{You can check it out here!}

But most of all, relax, drink some drinks, enjoy your day and have a wonderful holiday!
Stay festive!

~PK

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My Banner is Here!!!

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~

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Small Business Saturday ?

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

 

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

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Steal…? Like an Artist?

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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Illustration’s a Party!

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

 

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Arthur Read Was Right!

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