Kristy Kate Zazzle Store Now Open!

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Hip-hip-hooray! Kristy Kate designs are now available on Zazzle!

(This has been on my to-do list for a while, so I’m a teensy bit excited!)

I’ve been a busy bee over the past two weeks uploading all my current designs, so everything you’ve seen at the conventions I’ve attended are now available online. I’m especially excited to see my badge/magnet designs start new lives as stickers, keychains, necklaces and even melamine plates!

It’s early days and I still have a few more pieces to upload before I start on brand new designs, but if you have a spare moment to drop by the Kristy Kate Store, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Plus, if there’s anything you’d like to see added to the collection – be it a new design or an existing design on another product – I’m open to your suggestions. I want to fill the store with plenty of fun, cute and colourful designs to brighten everyone’s day.

Here’s the link one more time:
Kristy Kate Zazzle Store

All the best,
Kristy Kate

(PS. Big virtual hugs to everyone who can help spread the word. I’d really appreciate it! <3 )

Week 23 Studies

August 25th – 31st

Hi all!

Another week down (is it just me, or did the week fly by??) and it’s time to wrap up Spoonflower’s #SpoonChallenge.

The general theme for the final week was cities, maps and urban life.

Day 16 – Skyline

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Day 17 – Taxi

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Day 18 – Map Legend

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Day 19 – Landmark (Uluru)

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Day 20 – Selfie

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By taking part in the #SpoonChallenge I discovered that there’s a lot of value in sketching with a daily prompt. This activity has been great for getting those creative juices flowing, drawing things I wouldn’t usually consider, and, while they’re not final pieces in themselves, I see potential for new pieces out of the sketches I made over the past 20 days.

Now that I’ve had a little break from study, it’s time to jump back into figures and anatomy. And it just so happens that I’ve signed up for Pencil Kings next challenge, the Shading Drawing Challenge which starts tomorrow (perfect timing!). Can’t wait to see what I learn this time around!

Until next time, all the best!
x Kristy Kate

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Week 22 Studies

August 18th – 24th

Hi all!

Prepare for a big #SpoonChallenge update today, but first, a couple of PS lasso tool characters:

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Study (or should I say sketchbook?) time has been limited lately, so I concentrated on building up these character “sketches” over a couple of days. Mister Muscle Man didn’t have arms for most of the week!

My remaining time went into catching up on Spoonflower’s #SpoonChallenge sketches.

I blame falling behind on procrastinating over hand-drawn type. You see, part of the challenge for Week 2 (Days 6 – 10) was to incorporate type using the daily prompt as inspiration. Hand-drawn type is not my forte – especially when drawn straight on the computer.

I was definitely relieved to return to sketching animals (yay!) on Day 11.

Onto the sketches:

Day 7 – Book:

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Day 8 – Arrow:

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Day 9 – Tea:

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Day 10 – Toast:

I started to dislike hand-drawn type a little less while drawing “JAM”. Might be worth experimenting with more in the future, after I nail all those anatomy and character studies on my to-do list!

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(And in hindsight, I should have chosen a different colour for the background. Ew.)

Day 11 – Platypus:

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Day 12 – Hedgehog: (My favourite sketch so far!)

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Day 13 – Beetle:

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Day 14 – Cat:

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Day 15 – Fish:
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So that brings me up to date with #SpoonChallenge again – it’s been really fun playing with colour and shapes and drawing from my imagination. Just one more week (I think?) of #SpoonChallenge to go and then it’s back to incorporating anatomy study in my spare time.

Until then, all the best!
x Kristy Kate

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Week 21 Studies

August 11th – 17th

Hi all!
Here are this week’s PS lasso tool characters:

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And more #SpoonChallenge sketches:
Day 2 – Mountain:

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Day 3 – Tree:
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Day 4 – Landscape:
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Day 5 – River:
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Day 6 – Lemon:
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Until next time,
x Kristy Kate

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Week 20 Studies

August 4th – 10th

More fun with PS lasso tool characters:

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I’m also taking part in Spoonflower’s #SpoonChallenge.
Here’s Day 1 – Cactus:

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Roughly 3(?) days behind at the moment, but I plan to catch up soon!

Until next time,
x Kristy Kate

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Week 18 Studies

July 21st – 27th

Decided to try something different this week and experiment with creating random characters using the lasso tool in Photoshop.

It was so much fun playing around with random shapes and colours to see what characters emerged!

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Here’s my personal favourite of the lot:

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Oh, and I also practiced drawing noses. Because they’re silly.

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All the best!
x Kristy Kate

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Week 17 Studies

July 14th – 20th

Time for the monthly Anatomy Turnaround!

(For those that are unfamiliar with this exercise; once a month I draw a turnaround sheet of the male and female figure – from imagination – to measure my progress in learning human anatomy).

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And for comparison, here’s all 4 sets of turnaround sheets that I’ve completed over the past 3 months:

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While I’m still very good at being nit-picky over my current work, gosh it makes me happy to look back at how far I’ve come in just 3 months of study. Anatomy has always felt like a big scary undertaking, but these pictures show that, if you just keep working at it, progress really is guaranteed.

(I can’t wait to look back on this post in 3-6 months and laugh at just how little I know!)

Now that I’ve made progress with understanding the basics of human anatomy, I feel it’s time to start shifting my focus and aim higher.

My next steps towards character design (over the next 6 months):

  • Draw lots of figure studies (and push the pose!)
  • Complete more muscle studies
  • Draw turnarounds (more than once a month) to really cement my understanding of the human figure from different views
  • Draw lots of studies of the hands and feet
  • Draw lots of faces and study the construction of facial features
  • Complete master studies (figurative)
  • Study the design of existing characters
  • Experiment with and exaggerate the proportions and shapes of figures and faces
  • Study, practice, play!

Most importantly, it is time to step out of my comfort zone and

  • Start designing human characters!

It’s an ambitious list and I haven’t quite figured out where this will fit into my current schedule, but I accept the challenge!

Wish me luck!

Until next time,
x Kristy Kate

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Week 16 Studies

July 7th – 13th

I completed the Pencil Kings Figure Drawing Challenge! Yay!

There’s quite a big update ahead so let’s get straight into it:

Day 15 Back Anatomy
I really enjoyed learning the muscles in such a simplified way. Exercise 2 involved sketching a figure from photo reference and then adding in the muscles – it was a great activity for gaining a better understanding of how the muscles fit together.

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Day 16 Figure Drawing
This was basically Exercise 2 from Day 15, but this time with one set of figures drawn from reference, and the other from imagination.

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Day 17 & 18 Perspective
Somehow I got confused with perspective! I felt like I couldn’t “see” where the horizon line and vanishing points should be (despite understanding the general concept) and how to apply the figure to that space. It’s certainly a subject to revisit in the future.

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Day 19 Pushing Poses
Another really fun exercise – learning to exaggerate aspects of the pose to give the figure more energy.

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Day 20 Drawing from Imagination
This wasn’t quite drawing from imagination, rather adapting an existing pose (photo reference was used here) to a different body. Good fun!

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And lastly,
Day 21 Before & After
I decided to compare my new skills to one of the turnarounds I completed in May (roughly 3 weeks before the challenge started). Quite happy to see improvements in the form and pose of the figure. Also, ankles and feet!

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Some final thoughts on the Pencil Kings Figure Drawing Challenge:
This was a great 4-week course. While I would have personally liked some more detailed information here and there (hands and perspective for instance), I believe the course met what it had set out to achieve. The exercises, accompanied with Sycra’s instructional videos, took complicated subject matter and made it easy to digest, giving artists a good foundation in drawing the human body from both reference and imagination.

If you’re having trouble understanding human anatomy and would like to improve your skills I definitely recommend checking out Pencil Kings future Figure Drawing Challenges – I believe there will be another course later this year.

Until next time,
x Kristy Kate

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Week 15 Studies

June 30th – July 6th

Just a quick update today as I’m still wrapping up from a wonderful weekend of trading at Oz Comic Con (many thanks to everyone for dropping by!). I need to catch up on some Figure Drawing Challenge homework too, so expect more next week.

On to the studies:

Day 11 & 12 Lightning bolt technique (a quick method for filling out the muscles) for front and side views.

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Day 13 Coil technique (to aid foreshortening).

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Day 14 Muscles seen from the front view of the body.

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Until next time,
x Kristy Kate

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