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21st
Apr
Mon

2 covers for Hot Key Books! Hot Key is a UK publisher that specializes in fiction for 9-19 year old readers (and uses a lot of illustrated covers to boot!) Fearsome Dreamer came out last year, and I recently finished up the cover for its sequel, The Illusionists, this year, both written by Laure Eve. Both take place in a dystopian future with a distinctive mix of technology, magic, reality/dreams, (and romance!) centered around the heroine, Rue.

Hot Key had a pretty defined idea of what they wanted for each cover—Rue in the center standing wrapped in a future flag in the ruins of a stone square, and Rue facing forward, pushing open heavy doors with “Life” glitching out behind her. I was happy to oblige, and really like the mint & pink color combo we decided on!
It’s been a lot of fun to work on, with many thanks due to my dynamic duo of art directors, Jan Bielecki & Jet Purdie!

4th
Mar
Tue
  • Oh hey! It looks like my ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 variant cover has been released, for Boom Studios! I was given “Western Movies” as a theme for the cover, and I asked if I could do the lettering too. I had a good time with this! 

Spaghetti Western posters are pretty fun, the mashup of *60’s design* with ★cowboys★ is a good combo, and I was basically taking my cues from the awesome posters for A Fistful of Dollars and Death Rides a Horse.

    Oh hey! It looks like my ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 variant cover has been released, for Boom Studios! I was given “Western Movies” as a theme for the cover, and I asked if I could do the lettering too. I had a good time with this!

    Spaghetti Western posters are pretty fun, the mashup of *60’s design* with ★cowboys★ is a good combo, and I was basically taking my cues from the awesome posters for A Fistful of Dollars and Death Rides a Horse.

  • 4th
    Mar
    Tue

    I’m selling all my ASOIAF pieces as prints at the Ltd Art Gallery “WINTER IS COMING” show! They are all available online as easily frameable 8x10 giclee prints on watercolor paper for $20 each, should you like to buy one. They’re each limited to only 25 prints, too!

    In the past I haven’t offered all of these for sale as prints because the original files were kinda small, but I went back in and reformatted, tweaked colors, and cleaned everything up.

    After the show is over I will likely offer these as 12x15 or 12x18 prints in my inprnt store, but if you want an 8x10 THEN NOW IS THE TIME!

    2nd
    Dec
    Mon

    I’m so honored to say that I drew today’s Google doodle of Maria Callas, the renowned opera singer!

    I’m happy to share some of the process—the whole thing took place in these last couple weeks and was a lot like doing any other freelance illustration job, except it was totally unexpected and for a much bigger audience!!!

    My art director was the super talented Sophia Foster-Dimino (also a Google doodler)—she also gathered feedback for me from the doodler crew & google employees. When you’re working with a big company, there’s a lot of people that have to vet the final product! Luckily it all went very smoothly.

    When I was given this project I didn’t have A CLUE about opera, so I spent a whole day reading about Maria Callas, listening to her existing recordings, and watching the few live videos of her performances. She is amazing! Her voice extended beyond the regular range for female singers and she had an innate gift for interpretation—she could literally sing anything written for the female voice, and sing it better than anyone else. She also had a really interesting life—Underdog beginning! Personal struggles! High-profile scandal! Crazy weight-loss! Unusual voice!

    I included more info about each step of my process in the image captions— read on if you like!

    Thanks to all the google doodlers for letting me be an honorary doodler today, and thanks to everyone who’s said something encouraging or recognized my work, I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to you all!

    28th
    Mar
    Thu

    Hey guys! 3 things:
    First, thank you for all the support & good vibes on here! I really appreciate it, and I hope you’re all having a lovely day, respectively.

    Second, I wanted to post my cover illo/design for an upcoming issue of Domestic Etch magazine! The theme was “The Past”, and of course I wanted to draw a medieval alternate reality! It was a while back, but I’m very happy to report that my cover was featured in the Society of Illustrators editorial show this year (along with this piece, and this one!)

    Third, I updated my print store with a bunch of new pieces, including my Domestic Etch cover (minus the type), the rest of the images you see here, and more! Inprnt has seriously amazing print quality—the colors SUPER ACCURATE—so check ‘em out if you need to fill some wall space with lady space marines or floating donuts!

    Tags: Illustration Kali Ciesemier 
    Notes: 1561
    22nd
    Jan
    Tue

    Wow! It’s already been 2 weeks since my MAKE 2013 weekend illustration workshop at Light Grey Art Lab, but I still get the warm-and-fuzzies when I think of all my awesome participants and and the LGAL crew! What an amazing experience all-around.

    You can check out Light Grey Art Lab’s great blow-by-blow writeup of the workshop here and peek at all the photos that were taken that weekend here! (which is where I got all these photos from!)

    I just put up a big blog post full of images from the weekend, as well as a few important thoughts that I took away from the workshop, you can read it in its entirety here!

    To summarize, some key things I learned:

    1. Everyone is awesome!

    2. Each person has different goals and different timelines. Comparison is a misleading and often unhealthy tool—each person has different needs and different steps, no need to race.

    3. Artists love to make things hard on themselves, but sometimes do so needlessly. Don’t feel like you’re the only one struggling—everyone feels unsuccessful sometimes! Self-criticism and self-doubt is healthy & needed, but allowing yourself pride and forgiveness is just as important!

    4. Sharing your resources is one of the best ways to learn about other people and also yourself. Most of my illustration breakthroughs have come from teaching, when I’m consciously thinking about my image creation process and how others do it, the decisions I make and why, and how I can present and expand on them for others.

    All in all, thanks again to my fabulous participants and my generous hosts! You guys are the best, I had an AMAZING TIME and I hope it’s not our last!

    20th
    Nov
    Tue
  • So, this is my contribution to Jenn Woodall’s Sailor Moon zine, Moon Power! 
When I first saw Sailor Moon in 5th grade, I was CONVINCED that I would transform into Sailor Moon when I turned 14.
That was before I saw any of the episodes with Sailor Uranus, though. Total badass. If I could choose any of the Sailor Scouts to be my spirit animal/paragon/motorcycle chauffeur, it would definitely be her.

In the course of drawing this and looking up reference, I have decided that this will not be the last time you see me draw motorcycles. (she’s riding a vintage Ducati) Surprisingly fun!

    So, this is my contribution to Jenn Woodall’s Sailor Moon zine, Moon Power!
    When I first saw Sailor Moon in 5th grade, I was CONVINCED that I would transform into Sailor Moon when I turned 14.
    That was before I saw any of the episodes with Sailor Uranus, though. Total badass. If I could choose any of the Sailor Scouts to be my spirit animal/paragon/motorcycle chauffeur, it would definitely be her.

    In the course of drawing this and looking up reference, I have decided that this will not be the last time you see me draw motorcycles. (she’s riding a vintage Ducati) Surprisingly fun!

  • 2nd
    Nov
    Fri
  • Update! All filled up, thanks everyone!UPDATE! 1 spot left!UPDATE! 3 spots left!
Hey guys! I just heard that there’s only 5 spots left in my Jan. 4-6 "Resolve to MAKE" illustration workshop at Light Grey Art lab! I’m so excited! :D
If you’ve been thinking of signing up, now’s your chance!
    Update! All filled up, thanks everyone!
    UPDATE! 1 spot left!
    UPDATE! 3 spots left!
    Hey guys! I just heard that there’s only 5 spots left in my Jan. 4-6 "Resolve to MAKE" illustration workshop at Light Grey Art lab! I’m so excited! :D
    If you’ve been thinking of signing up, now’s your chance!
  • 26th
    Jun
    Tue
  • My illustration in Education Week, for an article about reviving the teaching profession. Some of the brushes in this set came in reeeeeal handy for those chalkboard flowers! I really like doing these types of illustrations—stylish single occupants in interesting environments. :> More on my blog.

    My illustration in Education Week, for an article about reviving the teaching profession. Some of the brushes in this set came in reeeeeal handy for those chalkboard flowers! I really like doing these types of illustrations—stylish single occupants in interesting environments. :> More on my blog.

    Tags: Illustration Kali Ciesemier 
    Notes: 2605
  • 11th
    Jun
    Mon
  • My illustration of the fabulous Iman & Anna Wintour holding a fashion/shopping fundraiser event for Obama! (featuring the campaign’s “Runway to Win" merchandise) Already out in the June 7-13 issue of Time Out Chicago! More on my blog!

    My illustration of the fabulous Iman & Anna Wintour holding a fashion/shopping fundraiser event for Obama! (featuring the campaign’s “Runway to Win" merchandise) Already out in the June 7-13 issue of Time Out Chicago! More on my blog!

    Tags: Illustration Kali Ciesemier 
    Notes: 256
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