Random Acts of Creativity by Karen Windness

Sleeping Jane

Last one dead is a rotten egg!


Mother Goth

And here’s Mother Goth herself!


RMC-SCBWI 2017 Calendar

As the Illustrator Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I’m pleased to announce the winners of our 2015 Letters & Lines illustration contest. Winning images are selected by attendee votes and featured in our annual calendar.

How to order: (I only have 12 copies for sale and they’re guaranteed to sell out!)

– Go to (shortcut to payment address
-Send $20 per calendar (postage and handling included).
-Be sure your name or the recipient’s name and correct mailing address is on the order.

Orders will be taken through November 13th, 2016 and all calendars will be mailed on November 16th, 2016. All proceeds from the calendar go to support RMC-SCBWI illustrator opportunities. We appreciate your continued support!2017-rmc-calendarproof

WINNERS: Cover and October: Angela Hawkins, January: Ruth Harper, February: Karen Windness, March: Jill Bergman, April: Brittany “Bunny” David, May: Julie Rowan-Zoch, June: J.E. Ryder, July: Anya Berlova, August: Alice Feagan, September: Greg Barrington, November: Katherine Hahn, December: Dow Phumiruk Ng.


I dug deep into the dark and creepy for this one.


Goth Girl

I love umbrellas. Keeps the sun out. Looks like bat wings.


Mary had a Little Beast

I spent my birthday (October 13th) drawing dark little creatures and watching the last two episodes of Stranger Things, Season 1. Here’s the result:


Little Miss Morgan

I’ve had these shadowy little nursery rhymes in back of my head for some time. They please my dark, creamy, goth-filled center, and perhaps yours, too.


Portfolio Checklist

Not sure what to include in your portfolio? Here’s a checklist I’ve been compiling for the past few years. I’ve been a member of SCBWI since 2002 and have served as an Illustrator Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Chapter since 2009. I also teach children’s book illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. It’s safe to say that I’ve seen my share of working (and not-working) portfolios.

These are suggestions rather than rules, but if you have most of this list, you’re going to be in great shape for your next portfolio showing. Good luck and happy creating!


How to Build Your Portfolio

Meet Remy

I just adopted a Boston Terrier puppy and named her Remy. This is my first drawing of Remy. Many more to come! (This is mechanical pencil on tracing paper, scanned and refined in Photoshop.)

And here’s the final, colored in Photoshop.


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