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Sweater

This weeks Illustration Friday word was Sweater and this is the first thing that came to mind. These are Nualla Galathea and Patrick Connolly the main characters from my debut novel Daemons in the Mist which is now available. You can watch the evolution of the artwork...

The Making of a Picture Book 4

Don't Forget the Text Though I can't show you the text I can show you were it is going to go. One of the tricks in illustrating a picture book is the leave space for the text without leaving a gaping whole in your illustration. When I plan out an story illustration I...

The Making of a Picture Book 3

For the benefit of our viewers some words will now have roll over explanations. We have italicized them as well so you know which ones. Efficient Design As I mentioned before due to the nature of this book the characters, foreground and backgrounds are drawn on...

Secret Project Revealed

Kickstart Our Launch Hi viewers we just launched our first project on Kickstarter! It's my debut novel that I wrote for NaNoWriMo this year. Daemons in the Mist a Young Adult urban-fantasy paranormal romance novel set in modern day San Francisco. I am currently...

Chicken

My entry for Illustration Friday’s topic Chicken suggested by my twitter friend @JannieHo The image is of KatGirl Studio's mascot Kiki Kitty in a cute chicken costume.

The Making of a Picture Book 2

Saturday Morning Picture Books? In our modern day of book apps and trailers, the line between picture book illustration and animation is becoming more and more blurred. Because Lazy Saturday Afternoon is going to be made into both these things I have to approach the...

The Making of a Picture Book

Late last year I was contracted by Flinders Press to illustrate a picture book. The picture book, Lazy Saturday Afternoon, is a story in song by Author Songwriter Bryant Oden, creator of the extremely popular Duck Song and is slated to hit shelves Fall 2011. As a...

Long Live Geek Girls

This is in response to this article. Stand strong Katie and hold you Star Wars water bottle high, you are among light saber wielding sisters. Me holding my light saber I made at Disneyland. One of the voice actors from the Clone Wars movie had just signed it for me....

A World Without Bullying

November 15-19 is Anti-Bullying Week and so alot of articles are going around the twitterverse. One particular article really hit me in the heart and so like many others I have decided to speak out. In the 7th grade I got beat up, bullied and picked on by 8th grade...

Image Reimagination

Reworking the Old into Something New From the Studio #5 Sometimes you create and image and love it then come back years later and wounder why you did. Other times you abandon it part way through because something just doesn't look right or you just plain hate it. You...

Steampunk Avatar

It's a stylized old portrait of me and our studio kitty Crash the Stampede in Steampunk Victorian wear. This image was intended for Illustration Friday's topic "Old Fashioned" but I had too much client work to get it done in time. You can watch the evolution of the...

Spooky

Last year I did this painting of Spike, the Rose Goblin from my friend Seanan McGuire's book Rosemary and Rue. I decided to rework the illustration for this weeks Illustration Friday's topic Spooky. You can buy the book here, it’s awesome! This image was a speed...

Behind the Process

From the Studio 4 Wherever I go whether it's online or at one of the many events we attend people are always asking about how I make my illustrations. I recently did this image for Illustration Friday's topic Beneath so I thought I would you it to talk about my...

Beneath

My entry for Illustration Friday's topic Beneath. I recently went to the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and in their Rainforests of the World exhibit they have a section where the fish swim over you. The photos I took inspired this image. I mean how often do you...

Hand Lettering in the Digital Age

People have been hand lettering as long as there has been writing. But in our modern age hand lettering is becoming a disappearing art form. I had been trying to find a font for my website logo and just couldn't find one that looked right to me. I have never been know...

From the Studio 3

Greetings KatGirl Studio Followers that was a crazy summer wasn't it? We were so busy we hardly had time to work on any personal projects. But now that we are swinging into fall the Studio blog should see more frequent updates. This image was intended for Illustration...

Santa Clara Art and Wine 2010

KatGirl Studio will be at booth #133 again this year at the Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival September 18th& 19th. So if you’re in town for the event come say hi and view our brand new releases! We will have Matted prints, Giclées, postcards, bookmarks, buttons,...

Flight of the Manta 3

This Art Card was originally designed for The Ripple Project. This Art Card is Sold This image is one of the first 100% digital paintings I have ever made, both drawn and painted on the computer. Using Painter's excellent brush software I created a pencil that had the...