Random Acts of Creativity by Karen Windness

Dorothy in Oz

I recently read The Wizard of Oz and just had to draw these characters. The imagery leans more movie version (hello ruby slippers), but I did my best to give props to the original story, too.oz-windness-web

My 9-yo son complained that I’d got Dorothy wrong. He’s the same kid that quotes Martin Luther King Jr. and is moved to tears by racial inequality, but he was sure I was wrong and Dorothy was white. We had a good talk about why it’s so important to show diversity in books. And the other thing? Not once is Dorothy’s skin color mentioned in the book. So why do we presume that she’s white? Let’s challenge our presumptions. Every child should see themselves in books and every child who doesn’t have the opportunity to experience diversity in their communities should at least experience it through literature. Bucket by bucket, let’s melt the wickedness that is prejudice. Diverse books matter!  -Kaz

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Original sketch:



I’ve had this little guy running around in the back of my head for several months. Stubs is a child’s writing pencil, but he dreams of being an artist. Will he fulfill his destiny before the lead runs out? It’s a story about dreaming big and blooming late–in short, my story.


A Girl and her Bear

Based on a beautiful friend’s beautiful daughter, Devyn. Enjoying a little time after big commissions to make art just because. There is beauty in the world. Dream a dream of love and hope.


Painted in Photoshop using a pastel Grutbrush.

Fatima with a Pearl Earring

I teach illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. I went to grade assignments and ended up drawing one of my students. This is Fatima with a Pearl Earring.




This fuzzy little guy is ready to celebrate! Partypillar products: HERE caterpillar-KAZWINDNESS.jpg


Audrey Hepburn Caricature

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I’m teaching Illustration Media at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and our first assignment is a caricature. One of my students chose Audrey Hepburn and I was inspired to draw her as well. Here she is! Sketch is below.


Final color is done in Photoshop with Kyle’s Brush impressionist kit french sharp bristle.  I took color cues from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie poster.


For caricatures, I look for distinguishing features and exaggerate them. The trick is to make a person look more like themselves through emphasis. Our brains are programmed from birth to discern facial features, so human likeness is tougher than something like pet portraits. If I get close with a dog drawing, my client is happy. If I’m close with their significant other, it’s not good enough. “There’s just something about that chin that… I dunno. It’s not quite him.”

You can see how I softened the angles from the sketch to finish. Audrey was younger during the shooting of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and there is a softness to her presence. She’s approachable and I wanted to convey that in the final.

audrey Happy drawing!



Ring-Ring! Who’s there? Dead people!32191305_10215974214937600_3244440337170563072_o

This is one in a series of commissioned pieces for a psychic medium’s website. I love drawing ghosts!!!


An alternative ending to Charlotte’s Web.bacon-windness


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