Recently I’ve been experimenting with some new painting techniques in Photoshop. Well, new to me anyway. Historically, I’ve been more of an artistic compositor and collage-maker when it comes to Photoshop, so this kind of painterly portraiture is pretty new for me. I have to admit though, I am totally hooked.
After a much-needed web break, I’m back! I’ve been spending a lot of time working on designs since my little holiday hiatus and have been slacking a little in the resource and tutorial department. I’m itching to learn something new myself, so I should have something new for you soon, once I clear my schedule of commissions.
In the meantime, I wanted to share the series I’ve been working on lately. They’re a hybrid of the two things I love most: watercolor and digital design. I shared a few pieces in anticipation of the Star Wars-themed show in December, but the collection has expanded quite a bit… Massively in fact. I’ve created over 20 designs in this style now.
I have several designs available at my RedBubble store and all 20+ print designs are available at The Sci-Fi Center here in Las Vegas or directly through me, with more being added all the time. Designs include the 10th Doctor, Princess Bride, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (as well as original trilogy), Neverending Story, Supernatural and more.
I am also currently working on a Harry Potter series in the same vein, but full-body poses. Currently only Professor Snape is available (click below), but many more will be released soon!
What can I say? Even though these take me on average 5-6 hours to complete (thank you, nitpicky brain), I absolutely love doing them. I start by creating the silhouette in Illustrator using the pen tool. I then import it into Photoshop and hand “paint” them using various watercolor, paint and splatter brushes. Plus a million-squillion layers and blend modes. Seriously. So, so many…
I enjoy the way that creating these has been challenging me to explore color, as well as light/dark. I also love that it’s kind of controlled chaos, which sums me up pretty much perfectly I suppose.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for information on next month’s First Friday!
This year has gone by in a snap it seems. The group Ben Folds Five comes to mind : “When seconds pass slowly / and years go flying by”. Amirite? Well, one of the things that has crept up on me is next’s week’s Star Wars opens. In fact, this weekend at Bona Fide Art Studio & Gallery I’ll be slangin’ art, exclusive and limited edition prints, kitschy prayer candles and Crass-Stitch by Jess Price will be on hand with gloriously nerdy Star Wars themed cross-stitch!
To get you pumped, I thought I’d share a little sneak-peek at some of prints I have in the works for this weekend. Collect the whole set (6 total, Rebel and Empire) this Friday! Come see me. 🙂
New website, new style, new branding, new business cards!
I decided I was sick of my old business cards (they got printed kind of funky anyway) and decided I needed a brand overhaul. Something more professional and less attached to my art brand, Nerdgasms by Kat, but still representative of my quirky nature and style.
I researched and pinned and embraced and rejected and arted and played and fiddled and finally sent out my drafts to graphic artist friends for critique.
It started with a watercolor self-portrait of me as a cat…
That in itself was actually quite a lot of fun. I love picking out the character qualities of my watercolor animals. Luckily I have pretty distinctive hair and glasses! Once it was dry, I considered using the image as is, but because of the quality of the photo, the colors just weren’t working out like I needed and my scanner is on the fritz… SO, I pulled out my handy graphics tablet (I rock a Huion H610 Pro and looooove it) and slipped the art under the protective plastic flap on the pad. I traced right over it, varying up brushes and other little things. A few minor adjustments, a little more artistic liberty, a couple blobs of paint and I had this little cute little vector cat-me:
Above her/me, I added my website as stacked, justified text. I love the symmetry and boldness of the style and it fit perfectly with the minimally-drawn kitteh.
For the info side of the card, I wanted to play a little with those Helvetica list shirts you see around. I wound up going with a typewriter serif font instead, and threw the ampersand to the background. I like the way it creates a little more complexity while remaining completely legible.
I splurged a little on these new beauts and ordered them on linen stock. Can’t wait until they arrive!