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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!

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Now on merchandise! https://www.redbubble.com/people/kazwindness/works/30318205-naked-banana-be-free?asc=u

Nina Simone

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

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On merchandise here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/kazwindness/works/30319719-nina-simone?asc=u&ref=recent-owner

My Non-Fiction Illustration students (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design: www.RMCAD.edu) 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!

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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: https://www.facebook.com/mothergoth/

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

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What Doesn’t Kill You…

Keep on disappointing the Reaper, my friends!

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Meet the Artist

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

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I Dig You, Valentine

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

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Happy Valentine’s Day, fellow weirdos!

Update: All printed! I used www.MooCards.com  

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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.

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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!”

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Update: I got my cards and they look great!

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

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: http://www.scbwi.org

My website: www.windnessbooks.com

 

 

 

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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