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Monster Prints- Series 6 Dark Fairy Tales

I’ve just gotten my prints for Dark Fairy Tales series of Monster Prints. So excited to see these new ones printed for the first time! For those of you keeping track this is the 6th year in the series. I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since I’ve started these, and my overall 7th at Fan Expo Canada. They will be available for purchase at Fan Expo at $15 each. If you aren’t going and are interested in purchasing them, please email me at kgrachow@jnkimagery.com

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Up-In-The-Sky Cut Outs

Today I officially start pages on my next children’s book Above a Planet Named Up-In-The-Sky. I can’t believe this is the third book in the series! Here’s a little art to whet your appetite. It comes from a cut out series of characters we plan on putting on our convention tables starting in October.  The cutouts will be about a foot by a foot and be present on tables where we are selling our book series Up-In-The-Sky. Here are the roughs to the cutouts.                                        character-cut-outs-roughs-web

Here is the finished piece.

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The Business of Being an Artist – Doing a Chapters/Indigo Book Signing

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

On April 18th I’ll be at the Burlington Chapters/Indigo doing a book signing for my second children’s book “What Does Slog Do?” For those of you interested in coming and getting a book signed, I’ll be there from 1-5pm. The great thing about Chapters is that they do allow for single day consignment, which means that they will allow you to sell your book at full price for a single day in their store. To find out more about this all you have to do is talk to either a manager or someone in charge of the children’s book section. FYI, they do take about 30% of the book cost, but it’s a great way to get your work out their outside of conventions and comic book stores. It’s also a great way to build a relationship with your local bookstore. Some of the stores also allow a certain amount of self-published authors to carry your book on their shelf. Every store is different in regards to how many self-published author’s books they will carry and for the length of time they will allow your book to be in their store. You’ll have to inquire when you do your book consignment. All in all, it’s been a great way to get more people’s eyes on my book, and to make a bit of extra cash as well. Here’s the link to the Burlington Chapters/Indigo I’ll be at. Hope to see you there!

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The Business of Being an Artist – Updating My Website

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

Every few years I like to update my website. I find that as my art evolves, so does the way I want my website to represent my art. This time, I’d like to use it more for a gateway to my business; a place where prospective clients can see my portfolio, or purchase items from the store. It’ll be where I blog about my process as well as let everyone know what events I will be at in the coming year. I’ve decided that I want my social networking to be more about personal things; articles that I share because I find them funny or informative or photos of me involving beer. I also will use it to put sketches or illustrations that are just for kicks and not necessarily business related.  Updating your website is kind of like spring cleaning. It allows you to lift away some of those cobwebs, get rid of the clutter and things you’ve outgrown. It’s a way for you to refresh and feel like a new person!