A little lighting study for a painting I’m working on just happened to mesh perfectly with this week’s Illustration Friday. The painting is for next month’s Spatium Invisius show at Milwaukee Gallery, Hot Pop. I’ll post more as the month goes on (though I’ll probably update my Facebook page more often.)
Hello, All! In the interest of clearing out old things to make way for shiny new ones, I’m having a little sale at my Etsy shop. Its 30% off of selected cards and prints. Just click on the ‘Sale’ section.
Well, that was fast. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up with posting every day for the Milwaukee Art Marathon, though I have been drawing or painting every day. Meh, oh well. In the interest of posting here a bit more frequently though, here are some of the sketches I’ve done over the past few days.
Late last week I also finished my work for a collaboration with the food blog Reel Cuisine. My post is not up yet (I’ll let you know when it is- should be in two weeks) the site is still worth checking out in the mean time. Here’s a preview of one of the spot illustrations I did:
If anyone reading this frequents my blog (hi Mom) I should also note that I’ll be changing some things up in the next few weeks. I’ve been thinking of ways to keep this site going despite my waxing and waning enthusiasm for posting content. I like the idea of having an art blog, but I don’t like the idea of having a half-assed art blog, which is sort of what this is. It means a lot that so many people have followed me over the years, so I feel like I kind of owe it to myself/everyone to take another shot at making this blog Legit (plus I love to over-think things.) Upcoming changes:
- Blog name & URL. I came up with the name back when I was mainly working in coffee, and thought KateTea (get it? Kate Tea? Instead of Katie? Because I served Tea? *crickets*) was terribly clever. But now its 0% relevant, and has been a consistent source of annoyance.
- Editorial calendar. To combat my ‘ughh, what should I write about now??’ blues, I’ll be (or, trying to. Always trying.) posting regularly scheduled content that I’ve decided upon ahead of time…not the second I sit down at the computer once I remember I have to post something. This will still include Illustration Friday, works in progress and new items. I’d also like to start posting simple DIY projects kind of like the pendant project I posted last year.
- A new template. The setup will definitely be changing. Expect bigger, more lovely pictures and a crisper layout.
I’ll continue to post here, but expect the new stuff to roll out around August 20th. Thanks for sticking around :)
First day of submissions for Cream City Illustrators’ 30-day art marathon. Hopefully I’ll post a sketch a day for the entirety of the thing (who knows, though.) Check out more great work here.
Big projects have taken up a lot of my time so far this summer, and soon I’ll be back to painting more miniatures for jewelry, so for this week’s Illustration Friday I wanted to allow myself something fun and simple. I love doing these soft little pencil drawings- building up the layers of graphite is so soothing, for some reason.
Remember this? I finally got around to finishing the last few details. The ground was left for last- its always the most frustrating part of a painting, at least for me. There’s a fine line between enough detail to be interesting, and so much that its distracting/ way too much work.
This is one of several pieces that I’ll be displaying at Sparrow Collective for Bay View Gallery Night next month. They’re all based on Grimm’s fairytales- an almost inexhaustible source of material. The story behind this piece is Snow White and Rose Red (not the Snow White you’re thinking of, though.) In it, two sisters, one white as snow and the other red as a rose, befriend a bear as small children. They grow up together, having a splendid time in the forest, until it is revealed that the bear was a prince, transformed by an unpleasant gnome’s spell. Rescued by the girls, the former forest creature marries Snow White (and I guess Rose Red is married to his brother?) It is one of many odd “girls marrying animals who aren’t” stories- the next piece that I’m painting is called ‘Rabbit’s Bride’ and is based on a much stranger story. But more on that later.