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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

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A New Tutorial in the Works!

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

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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

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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. 🙂

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5 Ways to Ace National Portfolio Day

For all those students out there wanting to get into art school, there is one of the many ways to get closer to the institution of your dreams, and that is National Portfolio Day.

What is this event?

Well, National Portfolio day is an event where countless of representatives from Art Schools come into a space to review your artwork and tell you what you need in order get accepted into the school of your choice. I heard about this event three days prior to the date and got sick two days prior. Not only that, I also am trying to get my voice back from said sickness. But that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

 

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The opposite end of the people waiting to be lined up. We were the first 30 students to be reviewed. Tip 1. Get there early!

Now, I am in a point in my life where I’m not 100% sure where my artwork stands when it comes to prestigious art schools. So at the time of writing this, I’ll be honest, I’m pretty afraid of going. I’m afraid of whatever these professionals have to say about my work. I’m not sure how I measure up to the next undergrad at my level. I also wasn’t sure what to expect at the event either. I’ve never went to such a thing and I have no clue on what to do or how to prepare. I don’t even know if my artwork is good! Would they look at my work and laugh? Do I… sound like someone you know? Perhaps… you?

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As the day progressed, more and more people pooled in. The line got longer and longer.

We all feel fear, and we all doubt ourselves. In our artwork and in our lives. We all have things that put us back. But I said screw it, I’m just going to go, fears and all.

So, if you have plans to go to National Portfolio Day in your area, remember these things.

  • Be afraid. It’s okay! but don’t let that stop you.
  • Bring a friend! Especially if they’re an artist friend. Anyone who’s with you for moral support may make you feel much better.
  • Bring a parent! If you’re younger, mom, dad, or guardian is also great moral support. They can also ask great questions you may not think of.
  • Take notes and ask questions. These people are taking time out of their lives and schedules to pay attention to you. Take everything you can out of it.
  • Have fun, and reward yourself. After the big day, I’m treated myself to some bubble tea for facing my fear. And then resting to fight off the rest of this cold.
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This is a great opportunity to get critique in what you need to have a portfolio the school is looking for. These -are- professors and portfolio reviewers. They’ll tell you like it is.

I don’t think I mentioned, this thing is free. Yep! FREE. So you get to have valuable information given to you on how to improve as an artist in exchange for your time.

For more information on this fantastic event, visit their website.

And for a video that gives you a little more insight on what this thing is about, you’ll need to watch this.

Remember, this is for your future. You got this, and keep at it!

Have any portfolio review stories? Comment below! I’d love to hear them!

~PK

 

 

 

 

 

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Being Different

As a kid, I was eccentric. I had an imagination that would make my parents puzzled. I said and did things that were just… different. I wasn’t  a “normal child”. Who would have known that those things didn’t change as I became an adult. I’m still eccentric, and my imagination is even more wild and crazier than ever. And it’s fun, and liberating to just be me!

This lead me to create this piece. “The Perfect Pumpkin”. It reminded me when I would go pumpkin picking and find the most wacky looking pumpkin because it had it’s own personality. It had it’s own beauty. And that’s pretty much what I want to showcase here. I wanted to think along the lines of a storybook aimed at young girls. Teaching them that beauty doesn’t always mean perfection. It means uniquity and what makes them special. And to appreciate and love every bit about them.

Because being different is beautiful.

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Being Different

As a kid, I was eccentric. I had an imagination that would make my parents puzzled. I said and did things that were just… different. I wasn’t  a “normal child”. Who would have known that those things didn’t change as I became an adult. I’m still eccentric, and my imagination is even more wild and crazier than ever. And it’s fun, and liberating to just be me!

This lead me to create this piece. “The Perfect Pumpkin”. It reminded me when I would go pumpkin picking and find the most wacky looking pumpkin because it had it’s own personality. It had it’s own beauty. And that’s pretty much what I want to showcase here. I wanted to think along the lines of a storybook aimed at young girls. Teaching them that beauty doesn’t always mean perfection. It means uniquity and what makes them special. And to appreciate and love every bit about them.

Because being different is beautiful.

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As Sweet As…

I didn’t realize it as a kid, but now that I’m older there is something so…pure and adorable about Winnie the Pooh. Maybe it’s the fact that it plays to a child’s imagination of their toys coming to life like the “Toy Story” series, and the much darker novel “Stuff of Legend”.

 

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5×7 Prismacolor colored pencil on Pastelbord

I’ve been playing around with a surface called Pastelbord made by Ampersand and it can really take some pigment! The sanded surface grabs hold of the colored pencil like no tomorrow, however each mark made will be stark. It’s a little more unforgiving, but I like that. Of course with any textured surface, the colored pencil is a bit harder to blend, making those white specs appear harsher when artwork is photographed. I like the small size and portability of the 5×7 inch boards. I think these are great for a little splash of color on desks or in cubicles.

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Man, every time I see work of Pooh and his friends exploring the Hundred Acre Wood, I can’t help but feel entranced and thrown right back to my childhood.

It’s a pretty great feeling.

~PK

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Thank You for the Sun

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A digital portrait piece showcasing one of my few characters, Jaysu. It was nice to be able to mess around with color and painting feathers. I’m still working on a way to develop my painting style. I hope my next project allows me to challenge my artistic talents some more!

This piece was inspired by the walks to and from work. With the changing season from Spring to Summer, the weather has been so clear and beautiful and I wanted to showcase just that.

Until next time!

~PK