Yodaphant Process Video

Hey, all! Last year, I received a commission request to do a series of three Star Wars-themed Elephants. The commissioner had requested Darth Maul, Boba Fett, and Yoda. I’ll post pictures of all three once I have them cleaned up and ready for the public, but until then, enjoy this little time-lapse video of the inking to watercolor process of the third and final piece finished for the set– Yodaphant!

Let me know what you think! I’m starting to get the hang of video editing, I think… 🙂

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Who needs “New Years” Goals?

Not me, obviously! Oh well.

I can’t believe how quickly January came and went! Goodness gracious, so much to do and time is just flying right on by!

There have been some exciting new avenues I’ve taken a turn down with my art the last month and a half, and I’m just as excited to share them with you! Y’know, and anyone else that’ll listen.

I’ve started Live-Streaming!

That’s right, folks– I joined the 21st century and have created a Twitch.tv stream account on their Creative side of things. If you’re into watching people do art real-time, I suggest you click here and follow my channel! At this point in time, I’m publishing weekly schedules on Sundays that’ll cover the days, times in Central Time and projects to be worked on that week! For example, this week (February 12th thru 18th) I streamed Monday at 1, and will be streaming Tuesday at 1:30 (Comic Book Bears) and Saturday at 1:00 (Continuing with my Fantastic Beasts piece). I’ll also continue archiving my full length streams on Twitch, though I’ll warn you right now that I talk a lot and don’t always remember to repeat questions asked during the chat. Hey! I’m still learning!

If you’re like me and don’t always have time to watch a 2 hour stream, I’ve also started a Youtube Channel! I’m very particular with videos, so they do take time for me to finish, but I’ll have some (NOT ALL) of my streamed videos available on my youtube.

“But, Kitt? Why don’t I just watch in on Twitch then?”

Because, silly! The videos I’ll be posting on Youtube will all be time-lapsed as soon as I figure out how to do it the right way. If you’re interested in being a part of that insanity, please find and follow my Youtube! (You can just click here since Youtube doesn’t believe in easy url’s.)

So, there you have it! Exciting things! I’m working on updating my website since it’s in need of new news before I overlap the last time the site was updated. I’ll also be posting up a convention schedule, I’ve got several new pieces to share around, and an etsy shop that needs updating! Busy, busy, busy.

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year, everyone!

2016 was a handful of a year, and I let this blog die out through out with only a handful of posts and updates over the past 12 months. That’s got to change. This 2017, I’m going to try harder to actually bring updates and art work for and featuring Simply Kitts Illustrations. So, to tie off some loose ends, here’s some of the super hero teddy bears I failed to update with last year! Hoping to add even more to the teddy bear collection this year, including Hulk, Robin, Red Skull, Riddler, Spider Gwen, Jean Grey, Hulkling and Wiccan! I’ve got all these teddy bear prints available in my Etsy shop, along with some stickers and buttons. I’ve got a whole slew of midwest comic cons lined up this year and will be posting about them in the near future.

Super Bears – Joker & Harley Quinn

They aren’t “super heroes” or even really “super” at all, but you have to have some villains if you’re going to have super heroes. Besides… DC makes some real good villains. I originally made these designs to be hung side by side, too.

That’s it for super bears so far, though I have several more that are still in progress, including the Sub-Mariner and Dr. Strange. 🙂

Super Bears – Captain America & Bucky Barnes

That Captan America bear was absolutely one of my favorite installations to my Super Bear project. He even got a title– “Steven “Fight Me” Rogers”.

And, of coarse, where would Captain America be without his faithful young side kick, Bucky Barnes?? Before anyone fusses about “That isn’t Bucky from the movies!”, You’re absolutely right. It’s not. I designed his bear print off of the young side kick from his comics because I love that uniform and those colors. I’m planning to make another one that better suits MCU-WWII Steve (mostly because there isn’t enough Winter Soldier anything. Period.) but until then, he gets this one.

I’ll have another set of these adorable bears coming your way tomorrow, so check back!

Super Bears – Batman & Stan Lee

A while back I had posted an image of my Superman inspired teddy bear illustration (Superbear), and just recently realized I never finished putting up the other bears I had finished and sold at Planet ComiCon in May! Oops.

So, here you have Batbear and Stan Lee.

“What? Stan Lee??”

Yes, Stan Lee. Since he was at the convention and it was announced to be one of his last ones, I decided to make a little limited edition print of him as a bear.

Each of these illustrations also produced some pretty adorable buttons, which you can find and purchase in my shop. Haven’t gotten prints up yet, but they will be. Soon.

Stay tuned, I’ve got several more to post up over the next couple days.

Finding Dory was CUTE!

No, really, I’ll fight you on this 🙂 As someone who isn’t a fan of the majority of Disney’s sequels, this one might be one of my favorites. They geared it more towards adults, too, with the same amount of cute and plenty of tie-ins to its predecessor. In fact, it might be my favorite sequel… I don’t know, the jury’s still out on that. Monsters U was just SO relatable!

Why does this matter? Well, because it was cute. and as such, it’s my job as an illustrator to showcase something that is that cute! So…. Ta-da!
Finding-Dory-Watercolor

It’s CUDDLE TIME!! Seriously… This movie was too cute, all the annoying-ness aside. It’s worth a watch. 🙂 Why an otter? Well, you obviously haven’t seen the movie then. Hop to it!

The original painting took about 2 hours, and is only 8 x 8 inches! I’m thinking of making it into a print– anyone interested?