Saturday, 8 November 2014

Introducing Bluesy Cat

At last! I am so excited! A new Kazart cat character has emerged! Yep its been a while, a few different directions, a lot of scribbling but eventually, I knew the right one would happen along...

Introducing Bluesy Cat... the coolest new cat in town! He is cute as a very furry button, loves to croon and will serenade you with all his heart. Out of the way Michael Buble... Bluesy is in town!
Bluesy Cat - the coolest new cat in town. Hand-drawn and coloured with Derwent colour pencils on cartridge paper. Have I mentioned how much I love these pencils? Ever since I was a young girl and I received my first tin of 24 (which I treated like gold...) I have LOVED them. There is nothing that compares, especially when it comes to drawing furry characters.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

IF – Smooth

According to my faithful pocket sized dictionary (which is possibly a zillion years old) 'smooth' means 'suave'. Hmmm... I know someone who is not only smooth (and sleek) but also very very suave indeed...
Sneeky Cat – drawn and coloured using Derwent colour pencils, this cat is not only smooth but very sleek (and sneeky). Speaking of smooth... there is something so soothing about drawing fur. Purrr..... x
Want to see Sneeky Cat on a mug? Go to Redbubble and visit my shop kazartgallery  :)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Phoebe - Wishing on a Christmas Star

This is the illo for the first ever Phoebe Christmas card! Yep I am so excited! I've wanted to create one for so long but it had to be the right idea for Phoebe first. She couldn't star in just any old Christmas card - it had to be something slightly over the edge in a quirky Phoebe way... here it is at last!

Phoebe decided to get into the swing of things early this Christmas and avoid the last minute rush but it seemed she wasn’t the only one…
Phoebe Wishing on a Christmas Star - Phoebe was hand sketched and then redrawn and coloured in Adobe Illustrator. The star took a lot more thought (actually had to sleep on it...) but eventually it came to me... alfoil! Scanned and dropped into the outline of the star, I then added a glow effect in Photoshop. Its definitely the star of the illo!?
 If you want to see how it looks printed on a Christmas card, cushion, tote bag, iphone cover, Tshirt or mug, then go to  Redbubble and visit my Kazartgallery shop. There's heaps more Kazart stuff and other Christmas gift ideas there too!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Silence - IF

Nothing says silence like a rusty old truck left out to pasture in the back paddock. I saw this forgotten gem on a relative’s property and fell in love with it instantly. I couldn’t wait to draw it! I initially sketched it using a 2B lead pencil then used a 5B for the darker shadows and Derwent colour pencils to capture its rusty colours and textures. It was great to get back to basics and just draw something on paper. Now I just have to do more…
Silence - sketched using 2B & 5B lead pencils and Derwent colour pencils on cartridge paper.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Phoebe's Wish - IF

There was something in the air, a murky unsettling feeling... Ah Choo! Was it dust? Phoebe had no idea what was going on but it stunk. Everything had been shaken up, turned on its head and inside out - it was completely out of her control. All she could do was hang on tight so she held her breath, made a wish and waited for the dust to settle.
Phoebe's Wish - Phoebe was hand sketched in pencil, then scanned onto Mac, redrawn and coloured using Illustrator. The tree has been recycled from a previous Phoebe illo. The background is one of my painted canvases collaged into the illo using Photoshop. The swirl pattern was originally hand drawn, then scanned and manipulated in Photoshop. It often appears as a subtle background effect in Phoebe illos. I really like collaging different textures, media and techniques to create a digital illo that has a layered, textured feel. 
This Phoebe illo is dedicated to one of her biggest fans who's world was recently turned upside down. They say that when one door closes, another one opens, so hang in there... you'll find your feet again soon.
PS. Phoebe wishes you all the best for the big bright sunny future you deserve...  xo

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Phoebe - Fall

Phoebe had been on a high for longer than usual and was starting to worry that she might just lose her balance, so she asked her true love, "If I fall to pieces will you put me back together?" 
He simply replied, "Tweet."
Phoebe - Fall    Phoebe, the bird and tree were hand sketched, then redrawn and coloured using Illustrator. The red background was hand painted onto a canvas then scanned into Photoshop where special effects were added. Grass was created using Photoshop. I often use left over paint to create coloured backgrounds - its great fun to just go crazy with colour and the backgrounds add another dimension to Phoebe illustrations. Watercolours work well too!



Sunday, 9 February 2014

Phoebe - Distant

Phoebe had been very distant for a long time... possibly as far, far away as another universe. She had needed some space and perspective – somewhere quiet so she could hear herself think. Everything appeared differently from a distance. Big things appeared much smaller, small things completely dissappeared and the things that mattered the most stood out like stars. Finally she could make sense of the world...
Phoebe - Distant  Sketched by hand then redrawn in Illustrator. The background and grass were created in Photoshop.
Finally! Phoebe is back! Yep its been a while but this year I am aiming to post more often... there are a few more Phoebe stories up my sleeve yet so don't go away (!) I'll get them out of my head and onto my blog soon... Kazxo