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Mini arts getting line work! I love drawing hair. These little pieces can be quite satisfying in their quickness. πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#artistofgrandrapids #miniart
www.artsyroosterstudio.com/Illustrations


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Another new offering in my Etsy Shop, is the πŸ’šCUSTOM 10-PACKπŸ’š! This is probably my favorite thing right now, mainly because it has a "Grab Bag" option πŸ‘ˆ! I have 30+ card Illustration designs, only 5 of which are currently up on Etsy.

So do you want to be surprised? Do you like to live on the edge?
Are you happy to leave the decision to me? Grab Bag option is totally for you πŸ˜‰. Are you the opposite of all that? No problem! Choose your own from the options shown. πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ https://etsy.me/2WQAG1y

#notecard #etsyartist


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NEW Note Card! "The Black Cat" is the newest card in my Etsy Shop. $4 + Free Shipping!

I love making these cards, especially now that I print all my own pieces. They are perfect for gifts or old fashioned correspondence. They even fit into a 5x7" frame! πŸ˜‰ πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ https://etsy.me/2vYKbQJ

#blackcat #illustrationshop


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@tulip_time Moedersdag (Mother's Day) Market now open! 10-4 today, you can find me inside the Civic Center.

Side note: VERY excited about my new hand painted banner!!


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Last minute print editions, and new, never-before seen stock prepped and ready for the Tulip Time Artisan Market this weekend! πŸ˜‰
πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#tuliptimeartisanmarket #tuliptime2019 #tuliptime #hollandmichigan #notecards #gicleeprint #artprint #artistofgrandrapids #artistofmichigan #inkillustration #inkart #pencilart #deerart #doeart #owlart #nightowl #itsarttime


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Logo share "in real life" time!
You all know how I love clean, crisp ink drawing πŸ˜‰... This was designed for @blackoakestate Black Oak Estate & Appraisal Services in NY. So pleased with the end result, and (my favorite part!) I got to see the printed business card! In love with that spot gloss highlight 😍. πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#logodesigner
#artistofgrandrapids


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New Prints! Taking a break from creating new drawings this week, and printing some new Giclee prints for the Tulip Time Artisan Market next weekend. With my beautiful baby printer (new this season), I will have more variety in prints (and a higher quality print!) than EVER before. Very thrilling stuff!

Most items will be posted to my Etsy Illustration Shop after the Market. HOWEVER, I will be posting some "oops!" prints this weekend, GIVEAWAY style on FB and IG. Stay tuned! πŸ˜‰ πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

www.artsyroosterstudio.com/shop

#tuliptimeartisanmarket #artprints


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My logo journey. Buckle up! Story time πŸ˜„ ................ Prior to 2012, I didn't have any sort of logo beyond the Studio name, in various fonts. Not truly thrilling, or particularly indicative of who I am & what I do. Then I drew a girl on a Phoenix Rooster, and this colorful, cheeky image became my first official logo, and graced letterheads, business cards, and tote bags.
But artists (and businesses) rarely stay the same. Evolution is a beautiful & necessary part of life. And as I grew up and into my business-self, I felt the need to update and refine my logo. And last year, I did! By simplifying and streamlining, I was able to make the design more flexible, more multi purpose, and more elegant.
It's beautiful, and probably my favorite ever (I mean, I say that a lot, lol, but I mean it!) And if you made it to the end, what about you? Where are you on your logo journey? πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#logodesign
#logomaker


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More fun with Fast Motion videos... Adding the small details this weekend! This is where the shapes really start to take form. Very pleased how well this is coming along!
πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

P.S. (real time: about 13 minutes)
P.P.S. That chipmunk sound, lolol, guess I forgot to mute the sound πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ sorryyyyy

#wip #inkillustration


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How it's made... The old-fashioned way, mostly! Hands, pen and paper. Nothing truly out of the ordinary. I like that about it, though. Anyone and everyone can put a pencil to paper. πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#marchmeetthemaker #howitsmade


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Mistakes/Lessons. Talking about mistakes today at #marchmeetthemaker ... Whenever I think of #mistakes, I think of Queen... "And bad mistakes, I've made a few..."
But my favorite line is tracked up on my wall: "...I consider it a challenge before the whole human race and I ain't gonna lose!" We all make mistakes. I've made my fair share. It's so important to accept them with grace, learn from them, and move on a stronger person. It's the same in business as in life. From an artist's perspective, some of my strongest pieces have come from unexpected "mistakes" or "mismarks" then had to be "corrected" or covered up. Embrace imperfection. Consider it a challenge πŸ˜‰ πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ


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Product Photography. How I photograph a piece depends on the piece, the reason for the photo, and where the photo will be shared. In a more formal setting, for website or print for example, I will usually use my lovely Canon 70D and studio lighting to capture the most detail, and precise color.

Here, though... In the FB/IG world, a more informal set is often better. I use natural light, and my Google pixel to photograph works-in-progress, behind-the-scenes, and art-in-the-world images. πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#marchmeetthemaker #productphotography


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Reducing waste. ✴️So. I work with paper/paper products. Whenever possible, I purchase 100% recycled content (biz cards, flyers, drawing paper, etc.). If I can't, it's usually for archival reasons... I make sure that my artworks and photographs have a 50+, or even 100+ year no fade/no yellow guarantee. There is little to no waste of paper, anything over 2" gets saved in a "Reuse" pile. The good paper gets reused into these mini drawings (awe!), and anything that's damaged or dirty gets life as a cover paper, scratch paper, brainstorming, note taking, or something of this nature. I have a recycling box for all scraps, but I'm also learning paper-making (hello, new hobby!) as a way of giving even these scraps new life. ✴️I've changed several things since I began the studio, to create a more responsible routine. For example: I have begin using ink and a reusable nib pen or Sumi brush, rather than disposable ink marker type pens. ✴️ Things I'm working on: plastic sleeves! Since I do sell at markets and fairs, I still use archival plastic sleeves to protect the artwork that attends them. I have been hesitant to get anything less than waterproof, since it can get quite rainy! I've been worried about the shelf life/durability of more eco-friendly solutions.

Thanks for getting to the end again! These #marchmeetthemaker posts have gotten rather wordy! But, I suppose that is rather the point, isn't it? Lol.

How do you all do your part to #reducewaste ? πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ


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Hands at Work! Going a bit out of order today to catch up with #marchmeetthemaker ! Sharing a fast-motion video of the piece I'm currently working on. I just got a lovely stand for my phone, so I hope to start making better behind the scenes videos. #wip πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ


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Inks. So, this is rather a continuation of yesterday, because now I have a #layflat addiction! (You have no idea how many snaps I took before I found the best spacing. Lol!) Well, anyways, day 4 of #marchmeetthemaker is about the tools you use. βœοΈβœ’οΈ I'm currently working with black ink on paper, and experimenting with colors, and application methods. Thanks to some recent estate sales (@threesparrows awesomeness), I have some new tools & inspirations to work with! πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ


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Mr.Grumpypants Roller Bird. Day 3 of #marchmeetthemaker continues with the #flatlay challenge! I could be more creative with flat lays, so I used this opportunity to push myself a little. Here's one of the top images that resulted! (Although I'm going to strive to up my game in the future!!) This is a Giclee print of my roller bird drawing 😍... He should be one of the next illustrations added to the Shop. πŸ›οΈ πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

www.artsyroosterstudio.com/illustrations


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#flashbackfriday More Honey? 🍯🐝 Slow posting weeks due to 7 snow days (out of the past 10 school days 😬)... But my sanity so far is being held in check! πŸ˜‚

I'm posting these as a series because I love to see the project from start to finish. Outlines, ink, color, mat, frame, and finally (in the case of this piece) found a good home!

Do you have one of my pieces? I'd love to see the home you gave it! Share and tag me @artsyroosterstudio so I can see it! I'll do the same for art that I've collected. #artathome πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

www.artsyroosterstudio.com/illustrations


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Color self-portrait. Complete! My hand is so tired after a long week of drawing, computering, and such... Definitely taking the weekend off drawing to rest it! But it was worth it, several new pieces to scan in next week.
At least one will be added to the Etsy Shop next week, so stay tuned!
πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

www.artsyroosterstudio.com/shop

#selfportrait #portraitartist


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Polka dot scarf. Love how this head scarf is turning out 😍. Splitting time between housework, color work, and computer work this morning.... Trying to keep to my scheduled time blocks. Multitasking for the win!

What are your different jobs today? And how do you manage your time? πŸ˜‰ πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#businessofart #polkadots


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New linework video! ✍️
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Hair and stems are done, next up, face πŸ˜²πŸ˜‚
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I started a couple larger pieces the other night, and tried out my new light/phone stand to make some #wip videos. So much better than stop-motion to really get a sense of how the #linework comes together! πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ


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Taking votes!! It's a red wolf... And I'm torn on background colors. What do you think?
Opt.1: Black night sky, pink/orange ground
Opt.2: Black ground, lavender sky with a bit of orange at horizon
Opt.3: Keep it black and white. Add lots of black details!

Vote pleeeeease! I want to hear what you think! πŸ˜‰ πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#whatareyourthoughts #wolfart


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Studio life. It's been a truly productive week for me, so far (that's what taking a few weeks off will do!)... My work space (aka dining room table) is a bit full today 😁. That's good news, though. Lots of new pieces begun, and some even finished! πŸ˜²πŸ˜‚
πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

#studiolife #artistlife #insidethestudio #behindthescenes #inkart #lineart #penandink #birdart #wolfart #raven #redwolf #portraitdrawing #portraitartist #artistofgrandrapids #grandrapidsartist #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationart #artsyroosterstudio #blackmagicink #thursdayinspiration #workspacemess


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Mona Ann. CROSS-POST! This piece is a photograph, but I'm sharing it here, too, because I have created a digitally "hand-painted" custom backdrop. So much fun to make. I may share some behind the scenes/progress pics later about it πŸ˜‰ ...................
This lady has been in my feed a lot the past few months, so I can only say a both a sincere "sorry!" and "thank you!" to her for being awesome.
The first exciting news is that this piece is hanging in the Lowell Arts Members Exhibition! The show runs 1/5 through 2/9, so if you'd like to see her in person, head over to Lowell! I will be there during the Opening Reception tomorrow the 10th, from 6-8pm. πŸ’œ Kathryn πŸ’œ

P.S. For more info on the Lowell Arts, visit their website here: https://www.lowellartsmi.org/members-exhibition

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