Random Acts of Creativity by Karen Windness

Audrey Hepburn Caricature

Update! Link to Audrey merchandise HERE.

I’m teaching Illustration Media at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and our first assignment is a caricature. One of my students chose Audrey Hepburn and I was inspired to draw her as well. Here she is! Sketch is below.


Final color is done in Photoshop with Kyle’s Brush impressionist kit french sharp bristle.  I took color cues from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie poster.


For caricatures, I look for distinguishing features and exaggerate them. The trick is to make a person look more like themselves through emphasis. Our brains are programmed from birth to discern facial features, so human likeness is tougher than something like pet portraits. If I get close with a dog drawing, my client is happy. If I’m close with their significant other, it’s not good enough. “There’s just something about that chin that… I dunno. It’s not quite him.”

You can see how I softened the angles from the sketch to finish. Audrey was younger during the shooting of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and there is a softness to her presence. She’s approachable and I wanted to convey that in the final.

audrey Happy drawing!



Ring-Ring! Who’s there? Dead people!32191305_10215974214937600_3244440337170563072_o

This is one in a series of commissioned pieces for a psychic medium’s website. I love drawing ghosts!!!


An alternative ending to Charlotte’s Web.bacon-windness


Lots of spork love items here!:

Cat Psychic

I’m working on an icon package for a wonderful psychic medium and friend. This is for a class on animal communication (telepathic communication with animals and animal spirits). cat-kazwindness

The Ghost Did It: Ghost Gas Gif

Answering the age-old question.


Gassy Ghost on t-shirts, stickers, journals and much more:

Ghost Matryoshka Doll

I’m curious about haunted objects — how a soul gets attached and how it might detach, too. I also love Russian Nesting Dolls. These two curiosities mashed together became this illustration.


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