Random Acts of Creativity by Karen Windness

Strength (Phoebe Wish & Bijou)

This is Phoebe Wish, the main character of my middle grade paranormal mystery “Psychic Pet Detectives.” The design is based on the Strength card from the Rider-Waite tarot deck. Strength is getting your dog to drop whatever yuck they are chewing on.


Art! On Things! For you!

I just opened a Redbubble shop, so now you can have your favorite Kaz Windness artsy goodness on t-shirts and pillows and journals, oh my! Here’s the shop link:

And here are some samples:

I’ll continue to update the shop with new items, so visit again soon. And thank you for supporting artists, like me!


Peter Peter

Hide yo wife, hide yo kids. Consensus is, this is the creepiest Mother Goth yet.

conjoined-twins-bw-windnessDisclaimer: No twins were harmed in the making of this circus poster.

UPDATE: Now on T-shirts, phone cases, journals and more! REDBUBBLE Store is HERE.


The RMC-SCBWI 2018 Calendar is here!


calendar-12-mo2018-1Winning Illustrators:
Cover + January: Luke Flowers
February: Gregory Barrington
March: Sadee Schilling
April: David Deen
May: Daniel Sorensen
June: Alice Feagan
July: Angela Hawkins
August: Amber Owen
September: Bobbi Collier-Morales
October: Stan Yan
November: Julie Rowan-Zoch
December: Kaz Windness (me!)
12-Month Calendar: Trisha Pacheco

Birthday Unicorn

Friday the 13th was my birthday, and when it’s your birthday, you can draw unicorns if you want to — which is just what I did! Meet Penelope! -Kaz



Big Feels

I returned from RMC-SCBWI conference with the challenge to express those big, uncomfortable feelings. If it’s embarrassing or shameful, tell it. BIG BREATH! Here goes! If you can relate to my experiences, I’m sending you big hugs right now and hope you find this as cathartic and healing as I did. -Kaz




Resources: Intro to Children’s Book Illustration

I’m speaking at the RMC-SCBWI Letters & Lines conference on October 7th, and I’ve come to the realization that I have too many resources to print out and distribute. I’m posting here for the convenience of session attendees and other blog fans with a children’s book illustration interest.

Sample thumbnail dummy books:



32-Page Sample:32-page

Sample contract for illustrators working with Independent Publishers:


Portfolio Check Sheet:


Local RMC-SCBWI Opportunities:

RMC-SCBWI Mentorship Program (Apply Oct 1 – Oct 30) :

Critique Connects and other events calendar:

National SCBWI Opportunities:

Full list of SCBWI Illustrator opportunities:

Submission requirements for SCBWI Bulletin:

Links to RMC-SCBWI social Media:

NOTE: To share images with us, post using hashtag #rmcscbwi

Facebook Private Group (must be a member and ask to join):

Instagram: @scbwirockymtn


My (Karen “Kaz” Windness) social media handles:

Facebook: @karen.windness

Instagram: @KarenWindness

Twitter: @KWindness

My web Links:



Pinterest (TONS of pinned resources, inspiration and weirdness):

Member Badge (save image and use!):


Recommended Books:

Publishers, literary agents, magazines, contests, and more: Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2017 : The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

BRILLIANT book on the elements of design for picture book illustrators: PICTURE THIS by Molly Bang:

How to illustrate children’s literature: Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books by Uri Shulevitz



Boo at the Zoo

When zoo animals get ready for Halloween, there’s no telling what they might dress up as. Designed for little hands, this board book concept features a surprise peek-a-boo fold out. You’ll never guess who the ghost is! More at:



Batday Boy

Happiness is a bouquet of bat balloons.


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