Random Acts of Creativity by Karen Windness

Pencil Problems

My poor black pencils! goth-pencil-windness

Naked Banana

Peel away your inhibitions and be free!


Now on merchandise!

Nina Simone

I love everything about Nina Simone – her music, passion, beauty, and powerful voice for equal rights.


On merchandise here:

My Non-Fiction Illustration students (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design: are working on a caricature project this week, and I wanted to show them the importance of shape in a composition. The human brain processes large shapes first, and if engaged, the viewer will stick around to look at details. A common student mistake is to jump into details too early in the process. If you develop a good composition and value structure first, you’ll have a much better shot at a successful final.

Here are a couple screen grabs to show process. I was also listening to Nina Simone’s music for the two hours I was working on the painting. It helps me tap into personality and essence and impart some of that into the art. I recommend it!



Morticia & Gomez

I promised my Mother Goth Facebook followers I’d draw them something nice for surpassing 1300 fans. I asked them to pitch ideas, and Debra L. asked for my take on Morticia and Gomez. I delivered! Join us on Facebook at:


Grey scale before I went to full color: morticia-gomez-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.





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