Random Acts of Creativity by Karen Windness

What Doesn’t Kill You…

Keep on disappointing the Reaper, my friends!



Meet the Artist

Hey! It’s me! Your friendly neighborhood writer-illustrator!kaz-meet-crop-windness.PNG

I Dig You, Valentine

These are my Valentine promotional postcards. (I’m pretty sure he only wants October for her brains.)


Happy Valentine’s Day, fellow weirdos!

Update: All printed! I used  



New Business Cards for SCBWI NY 2018

I’m busy getting my marketing ready for the big conference in February. I won a scholarship to go, and I can’t wait!

I just placed an order for business cards, and here they are! The pug is named Cab and his bird pal is Chirp.


Old school library due date cards really take me back! The SCBWI is for children’s book authors and illustrators, so I know they’ll appreciate the book and library reference.

I’m making 1″ button pins to go with the cards. They say “WRITE ON!”


Update: I got my cards and they look great!


I hope these inspire you and give you ideas for your own marketing.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:

My website:




Crawlianna – I love spiders!

Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE SPIDERS! This is Crawlianna, an optimistic spider who writes encouraging messages in her web, just like her great great great great great great great great great Grandma Charlotte.





I Dig You

Jumping the gun on Valentines Day cards. This is October Thirteen and her new undead beau, Doug. (Every day is Halloween in my heart.)


Here’s what the sketch looked like.


I refine the sketch in Photoshop and build up values before going to full color.


Happy New Year and early Valentines Day! Hope you dig up what you’re looking for this year!

Ghost Hugs

Have you hugged your ghost today?


Cat and Dog

I bought a dipped ink pen brush for Photoshop and am playing with a preschool kidlit style and limited palette. First sample!cat-dog-windness


UFO Penguin Abduction

I love gifs, and am enjoying making them, too. My kids were wondering why aliens abduct cows–who wouldn’t want a penguin? Who indeed! More of my gifs here: KAZ-GIPHY


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