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Warm up Werewolf

During the drive home from Ottawa Comic con a couple of weeks ago, Mike Rooth and I had a great conversation about warming up everyday before you get into your drawing. This can mean drawing doodles for a couple of hours, going over anatomy, working on sketches of poses for the characters you’re supposed to draw, or just drawing something fun that has nothing to do with anything. Basically it’s just to get the ole hand loosened up and the ole mind’s eye sharpened. And it helps if you keep to a schedule on a daily basis.

I’ve tried to take that lesson to heart, and while I don’t do it everyday, (because sometimes I start a bit late) I have been pretty good about doing it most days when I’ve set my self up well with my schedule. I’ve done lots’ of doodly stuff that will probably never see the light of day,  but this one I had to share.  Mr. Hairy Face, started as a doodle, but sometimes the muses smile upon you . And since they were guiding my hand and I was very inspired, I worked on it a bit each day, until it was finished.

What’s fun about this one, is that I really had no pressure for it to be anything. I wanted to experiment a bit on line, colour choice and rendering, and it allowed me to do so without fear of it working or not working. And sometimes those are the best illustrations that come out. It kind of fits with my monster print motif, but it’s much smaller, so I may or may not make a print of it. Whether I do, or just let it be a fun experiment in doodling, it’s something I’m pretty proud of and wanted the world, or interwebs to see.



Holiday Commissions 2015

It’s that time of year again. I’m taking on a few holiday commissions for you and your family. If you’re looking for a gift for the holidays or someone’s birthday, anniversary or a wedding present, then get them a personalized illustration of your loved ones as their favorite tv show, movie or animated character, or even something completely original.  I’ve got a couple of slots available but book soon as spots are filling up fast.

It’s a very easy process, as you just let me know what idea you have and I come up with a composition from there. From there you can send me some images of your loved ones or let me know where to find them on Facebook. I do all different sizes so that it will fit on their wall as well as work with your budget. If you want to work out a payment plan, I’m game with that too, as long as you put down a small deposit so that I can slot you in to my schedule.

If you would like to find out  more feel free and email me at kgrachow@jnkimagery.com. You can go and check out more commissions here.

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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.



The Business of Being an Artist – New 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.

I’ll make this short and sweet. My website is finished! My website is finished! Well, the infrastructure is all done. Now it’s time for me to add content, go through the existing content and update it, or just get rid of content that doesn’t represent me any more. It’s always a work in progress, but now I can officially show it off to the world in all of its glory!


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Ottawa Comic Con 2015

Ottawa Comic Con is just around the corner( May 8th-10th). This year will be my 4th year attending (I’ve been going since it’s inception) and each year seems to get better than the last. In addition to having Concrete Martians Part 2, I’ll also have What Does Slog Do? the second children’s book  in the Up-In-The-Sky series available. I’ll also have my Monster Prints, Pooh in Space Prints, and will be doing commissions, as well as signing up people for personalized illustrations! For those of you that are interested in animation, I’m also hosting a panel with Kurt Lehner called Breaking into Disney Animation which will be held on the Friday at 5:15pm in Meeting RooM B. It’ll be moderated by the boys of  the End Credits Podcast. You can listen to my first chat with them here.

So if you are going to the con, you can find me at table 2510 in Artist Alley. I hope to see you all there!


Digital Illustrations

Looking for a unique gift to give a loved one? Would you like to be a super hero or your favorite movie character in an illustration? Have you ever wanted to mash up your favorite movies, and characters with your own unique twist? With this personalized gift you can have your family, friends, or pets as characters from your favorite tv show or movie. The location can be where you had a first date, or an imagined exotic setting. You can interact with a sports idol or pose in a wedding party with the cast from a beloved movie. Contact me at kgrachow@jnkimagery.com about a personalized illustration.

These personalized commissions are great for birthdays, weddings gifts, anniversaries, the holidays or for your own personal collection. They come in different sizes, with different price points and are an affordable gift for all different kinds of special occasions. Book a free phone consultation today so that we can get started on  the perfect present for your loved one. For holidays such as Valentine’s Day or Christmas, make sure you book a few months in advance as I have a limited amount of availability.  If you are interested contact me at kgrachow@jnkimagery.com 

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The McFarland Family

Recently I was approached by my good friend Carrie, about doing a personalized illustration for her husband, Chuck’s, 40th birthday. They love going to Disney World and one of the things they always related to while there, were the Incredibles. The McFarland’s have 3 kids, so it kind of makes sense. And when I started visualizing a scenario of them as superheroes, it easily fell into place.

One of the things I’ve done often is match up living people with characters from movies or tv shows. This takes help from the client if I don’t know the people they want me to caricaturize in the illustration. But there have been times when I do know the client and their family, so it’s always fun for me to take someone I know and match them with characters that have similar traits as they do.

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Personalized Illustrations without the person (Part 2)-The Bishops

Sometimes I get personalized commissions that are still personal, but don’t involve having any likenesses. This will be a two part series, highlighting two different commissions that are personal, but are approached differently. Next up are the Bishops.

Colleen Bishop contacted me to do a commission for her husband, Carl, who was turning 40. I’ve known the Bishops since living in Japan, almost a decade ago, but haven’t been in a lot of contact with them since. So it was a bit of a surprise to hear from her. What was even more surprising was the request. Colleen wanted me to draw a dream that Carl had had, and make it a personalized illustration for his 40th birthday. Continue reading