Planet ComiCon 2016!

THAT’S RIGHT! You heard it here first (maybe).

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Never say never when you put your name on a mailing list for the largest comic book convention in your city. After totally writing off Planet ComiCon since their waiting listΒ HAD to be gigantic, what with George Takei, Jim Butcher and STAN LEE attending. Still, I went ahead and hoped, then promptly forgot.

Got an email this morning while I was on the computer saying they had a handful of spots suddenly available! Oh, you bet I jumped on that bandwagon as fast as humanly possible!

So, not-so-long story short, Simply Kitts Illustrations will be attending Planet at the end-ish of May! I’ll be splitting a book with my amazing artist friend over at Moon-Shuttle StudiosΒ (No, really, you want to click that link– her work is WONDERFUL) and will let you know where to find us soon as we know it!

Can you believe how exciting this year is turning out to be? I sure can’t πŸ˜€

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Elmwood Cemetery Finally Scanned!

Elmwood Cemetery Portrait

The best part about this new, wide-format scanner of mine is that I can go back and scan in all the pieces I wasn’t able to on my own time! This pretty baby here– literally– is one of them. I completed this sometime several years ago no for a celebration happening out at Elmwood Cemetery. Several students, myself among them, were given the opportunity to participate in an on-site portrait of someone buried there. They had to beΒ finished on-site, so contributors and beneficiaries could walk around and experience them as well.

While most students had an actual person and history to explain as visitors dropped by to see what they were doing, I was challenged with a commemorative piece dedicated to all the children/babies buried in the cemetery without names or real markings– still borns and children lost early on to diseases and things.

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and would jump at the chance to do it again πŸ™‚

A Glimpse at Symphony Spot-Illustrations

 

WIP on light board

WIP on light board

 

I wasn’t joking when I said I’d be trying to post up on this thing more often. πŸ™‚

I was contacted by the KC Symphony last week to work on a handful of illustrations for them, and these are some little snapshots of where they’re at. There are 6 total, and I’m still working on the inking process.

What you’re seeing in the second image is how I like to work with my light table to help with time restraints. I did the sketches and got them to a point where I was happy with their tightness and over all appearance. Then, I change the color of the pencil after scanning them in and print them out in some randomly selected light blue hue, which looks really nice when it shines through on a light board. Then, I go back over the illustrations, very slowly, taking the time to get the detail I want, before I will take them all to be scanned and colored in Photoshop– usually with water color washes that have also been scanned.

I’ve been a busy bee!

Moving forward!

Guess who's back in town!!

Guess who’s back in town!!

After a wonderful Hiatus to explore my new freedom and long-awaited Graduation, I have returned to Kansas City and am ready to get working once again! Sometimes you just need a nice vacation to get the creative juices cooperating once again, and a trip to Disney World (for the very first time!) is one heck of a vacation to take!

I’m back and ready to get going. I’m looking forward to painting very soon, though for now I’m launching right into work for the KC Symphony and a new t shirt for Windrose Armoury. I’m also hoping to try my hand at getting a webcomic going, as well as finishing up roughs for the children’s book I started awhile back so I can get going on the finals. I’ve got a full plate and another business trip to leave for in just a few weeks, so lets see what all I can get done!!

I can do this!! πŸ™‚

A Decision Made with Pen and Ink

Another quick run of some of my favorite new sketches produced for my “Cultural Safari” Coarse. I must say, it is very possibly the best class I’ve taken in several semesters. Getting re-introduced to sketching for the sake of sketching has been wonderful. It’s also helped me in deciding a theme for my books. While the sketchbooks are intended to be taken from observation, doing so (for myself) gets boring mighty quick.

So… I’ve found a solution. Throughout the book there will be a mixture of observation and fantastical, the elements of which will usually be a contrast of black or blue ink and something brighter and unexpected. So far, it’s been a wonderful decision.

Don Giovanni Poster!

Nothing feels quite as good as completing a piece and being very happy with it.

This is one of those pieces!! Finally, I’m beginning to feel that my traditional work and Photoshop are beginning to work together for the better of the piece. This poster was an exciting challenge, and I’ve enjoyed doing it! Now it’s time to take a nap!

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