Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Farewell Blogger!

I'm not updating this blog anymore, so it's about time I wrote a closing post bidding it a fond farewell.

This blog was my first internet presence, and a magical way to transport my illustrations out of a otherwise lonely bedroom studio. Thanks to all for your encouraging comments and support over the years. It kept me going and spurred me on during my early and uncertain days of drawing.

If you exist on other social platforms, then please do find me in the following places, which are updated regularly:








Big love and cosmic kisses,
Kristyna x



Friday, 22 November 2013

Thought Bubble 2013!

I'm all packed up and ready to roll out to Thought Bubble tomorrow! I'll be at table 143, New Dock Hall all weekend, selling lots of desirables…


First up is a brand new comics debuting especially - 'Vantage'. It's A5 landscape, 20 pages, £3 and you can preview/buy it online here:


(online orders will ship after TB)
Also new to Thought Bubble are 3 more books:
Pages On A Theme - A5 risograph instricate drawing zine, 24 pages, £4.
Masquerade - 24 x postcard book produced collaboratively with 11 other artists, £8.
Museum of Mythical Creatures - A5 risograph colouring/activity zine, £3.





As well as these books are new badges, jewellery, xmas card bundles and A3 prints along with all my usual swag.


Hope to see you there - stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Monsters Club - Bristol Exhibition

Monsters Club, Bristol is an exhibition of character art and all things monstrous, which opened last night at Park Street's Parlour Showrooms, and runs until Nov 4th. Artists include Muxxi, WJC, Felt Mistress, Yema Yema, Mr Millerchip and many more. I'm delighted to be showing work alongside such talented people.

Here's my piece for the show: 'Monster Squad' - a two colour risograph print, edition of 30 only. If you can't make it to the show, you can grab one from my Big Cartel and Etsy stores.





Keep up to date with the show on their Facebook page or instagram feed.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Masquerade: Book Launch & Exhibition

I'm delighted to be part of the Girls Who Draw postcard book project for another year as we launch our new collection: Masquerade!

power crew of 12 female illustrators have been hard at work this summer drawing all things dress-up and costume, from theatrical hunks and camouflaged animals to mexican wrestlers and tiki masks. I chose to illustrate a dreamy Harlequin and a heartbroken Pierrot singing to the moon.
The new collection of work is brought together into a postcard book, with an amazing cover design by Sandra Dieckmann and 24 illustrated postcards gathered inside.
The book launched this Friday with an exhibition at The Bowery art gallery in Leeds. Framed works, limited edition prints, cutout delights, jewels and lots more are on show until November 14th. You can see how to get to The Bowery here. The food and drink selection downstairs is excellent, too - jacket sweet potatoes! Yes!
Here's a virtual tour of the show that I made last night:
video


Thursday, 12 September 2013

OFF LIFE #6 - Repository

I have a two-page comic called 'Repository' in the latest issue of OffLife - a free street-press comic anthology distributed in Bristol and London. You can read this issue, and all back issues on the OffLife website, and order paper copies for the price of postage.


This issue was featured on the Wrap Magazine blog - another of my favourite magazines - in a lovely interview with editor Daniel Humphreys.

++ Read here ++

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Power Codes To Ensure Your Happiness

Hope that the waning of summer hasn't got you down, take comfort that it means the coming of autumn. The season where you rediscover your knitwear collection and figure out how to put the heating on again.

To ensure you keep in good spirits, there's a 20% off code you can use all September in my Etsy store! Just add the coupon code "SEPTHOMBRE" at the checkout. Feel free to share it with your friends and use it as many times as you like.

++ SEMPTHOMBRE ++
Here's a nice photo of a selection my Etsy products arranged neatly on nice wooden floorboards. 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Space Of Work

It's been a while since I devoted some typing and uploading time to this blog, so thought I'd cue a few posts up for the coming weeks to ensure this travesty doesn't continue.

A couple weeks ago I photographed my workspace for my Etsy seller profile, and because it's a nice thing to share. So here it is, for sharing with you: The Paper Cave.


Saturday, 3 August 2013

One Of A Kind Brooches


I made a series of one-of-a-kind brooches this week inbetween other things. Each one comes with a little character drawing and motto. Wear them out and take them on adventures.


Friday, 2 August 2013

Make It Then Tell Everybody

Comics maestro and super human Dan Berry interviewed me for the Make It Then Tell Everybody podcast. It was an honour and a delight to speak with him, and you can listen by clicking here.
Discover secrets such as how to pronounce my name, my family heritage, how we use colour and what printing techniques we like. So many chuckles. A must-hear for Crystal Maze fans.

Happy listening!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Clockwork Universe

As a lover of fine music and fascinating science, getting to use my illustration skills on a creative project involving both of these was a real prize.

Being 747's album and live show The Clockwork Universe is an educational series of rock 'n' roll songs about the history of science.

The project involved album artwork, packaging, posters, animation titles and live show content. 







Find out more about Being 747 here and buy the album here.

(More updates soon - so much work to show, so little time to type)

Thursday, 20 June 2013

ELCAF!

Here’s a look at some new things I’ve made for NoBrow’s ELCAF this Saturday in London. A new book, two new prints and badge packs! Plus I’ll have my other books and zines, postcards and jewellery too.
It’s promising to be a super fun day, with activities and talks going on from 10am until 7pm. You can read the full list of exhibitors and programmed events at www.elcaf.co.uk

Come along, see some beautiful things and say hello!

These are my two new A3 risographed poster prints. They're on sale exclusively at ELCAF this weekend, but if you can't make it, they'll be online in my Big Cartel and Etsy shops next week. Really happy with them, botanical drawings and aquariums, swoon.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Pages On A Theme

In a post-artworking glow after sending all my hard work off to the printers this week. A new book is being formed in a whirring and clunking risograph machine - Pages On A Theme.
It's an A5 book, 24 pages riso printed throughout. Each double page spread is a collection of drawings on particular subjects, and began as an exercise to see how many ways I could draw the same thing. 

Themes include: birds, insects, mammals, dames, aquatic, monsters, gents, botanical, hands + feet, fossils and outer space.

The zine will be debuting at ELCAF in London on 22nd June, but is available for pre-order now through my Big Cartel or Etsy stores. 

Pre-orders get a free badge and will ship on Monday 24th June.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Mega Awesome Combo Deal For Pen Pals

I've put a little greetings card deal up for the summer, so have a looksy! Any 5 cards for £10, saving you up to £3.75, hurrah.

 ++Grab them online on my Etsy or Big Cartel stores ++  
 

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Some Drawlings


Here are a few drawings from my sketchbook. I recently bought a new reservoir brush pen and these guys appeared during the test-drive.

I love the tonal quality of the colour wash, while still being a limited palette of black/white/green. Brushing in colour as a process is so enjoyable, too. I might try out a few comics pages like this and see what happens...

Friday, 3 May 2013

Beermat Quartet

The fine people at Inky Goodness invited me to take part in their 2013 Beermat Character exhibition, currently on show at The Coningsby Gallery, London.

I submitted this quartet of tiny gouache paintings. Which are available to purchase from the show, along with over 100 other beermats by a host of wonderful artists.

Show runs until Say 4th May, so head down if you're in the smoke!

 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Simpsons Drawing Club

Here's a little drawing of Edna Krabapple, one of my favourite characters from The Simpsons which is for the excellent tumblr: Simpsons Drawing Club
In other news - I finally got around to setting up a proper tumblr for my work! If you're in Tumble Town, stop by and say hi:

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Packing The Power

I tapped a print vein when unpacking an old suitcase today. Loads of comics and stickers I'd totally forgotten about were exhumed and organised into a new set of Power Packs!

These have been a real favourite with people, so I'm pretty happy about finding some more miscellaneous and fun items to collect together into some new packs. Over 20 items this time, and I actually ripped one of the envelopes because it was stuffed with so much paper treasure.

++ Get them for £7 from my Big Cartel and Etsy shop ++



Thursday, 18 April 2013

Halt - Press!

KBHQ has been bustling the past few weeks, lots of new comics work for publications on the way and a new zine/prints in the works. I've also been teaching a few days a week at Leeds Met, on my alma mater which has been dreamy.

Here's a few pieces of exciting press:

1) 'How To Create A Monster' - The Guardian / Blackberry Keep Moving are running a project that invites you to draw and design a unique monster to feature in a Robert Rodriguez directed short film. I was one of a troupe of creatives that was interviewed for a video to support the project.

(and then draw your own monster)

2) Trends Report 2013: Illustration - Digital Arts and Lisa Hassel (InkyGoodness) have put together a great article which offers advice and good working practice for illustrators working and wanting to work in 2013. I was interviewed, and gave a few thoughts on freelancing and self-publishing. An honour!

('Nine Lives' is available: here)

Will post more about fun projects soon. In the meantime, my Instagram feed is always full of works in progress, process shots and sneaky peeks.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Phresh Phreads

The totally tropical folks at Fresher Than Clothing got in touch with me a few months ago to team up on a new t-shirt and print venture.

Juicy colours and an exotic twist were the specifications, and I delivered this wild design; a 5 colour screenprint.

T-shirts coming soon the their store. Keep and eye on their website / Facebook page and follow them on twitter to keep up to date!


Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Vulture Of Culture

The good people at Culture Vulture invited me to design their website banner for April, and it's just gone live!



The Culture Vulture website is a beacon for creativity and artistic happenings, so well worth a visit. Especially if you're positioned geographically northwards, it's full of goodness.

 Tom Woolley also interviewed me for the website - which you can read here.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Tiny Pencil - Interview

The Tiny Pencil is a soon-to-launch publication focussed on pencil and graphite art. Very honoured to be invited as a contributor, the line-up looks so incredible! I could drown among these drawing giants.

Head honchos Amber and Katriona interviewed me for the Tiny Pencil blog. Have a read, if you fancy it - click here.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sketchy

My beau gave me a lovely large-format landscape sketchbook for Christmas, which has become my new bringer of entertainment. I'm filling each page with sketches and drawings on a certain theme (birds, heads, mammals, monsters, insects) to see how many different ways I can draw the same thing.

Last week I photographed a few pages for an interview, so I thought I'd share a few snaps.

Also thinking of turning this into a zine - would you dig that, internet pals?

Monday, 11 March 2013

Power Pack Reload!

During a Sunday morning studio spruce I came across an extra box of wholesale stock and some A5 envelopes. Bingo! The raw materials for a new wave of Power Packs.

A couple of hours of collecting, cutting, folding and assembling managed to yield a fleet of packs, and they're up in my Etsy store at £7 each. Loads of rare and out-of-print stickers, postcards, prints, badges, posters, comics and more.

These sold out in a day last year, so get 'em quick! They are SOLD OUT! Well done if you managed to grab one, and if not - don't worry - I'm a hoarder, so they may crop up again if I need to de-clutter.

Thank you! x



Saturday, 9 March 2013

Game For A Laugh

Here's a recent private commission for a cool dude's upper arm...
And a little animation cycle of my process, because, well GIFs are hypnotic nuggets of fun:

Game For A Laugh - Process photo Game-For-A-Laugh-Animated.gif