Zine Zone ☺

i'll have some stuff for sale at Zine Zone this Saturday!
it's at XPace from 12-6 so come visit if you can! :>

facebook event / XPace site


✦✦✦ far side ☽ of ☾ the moon ✦✦✦

✦✦✦ far side ☽ of ☾ the moon ✦✦✦


✦✦✦ caloris ◎ basin ✦✦✦

✦✦✦ caloris ◎ basin ✦✦✦
(or impact crater)
someone who has been severely traumatized both emotionally and physically.

i think i like how it looked the most when only the skin was painted!



Water 7 is my favourite arc/storyline/places from One Piece. can't decide if i would want to be part of the Galley-La carpenters or the Franky Family THEY ARE BOTH SO SUPER.

self portrait as a Galley-La apprentice (working under Paulieee~)

self portrait as a member of the Franky Family

and a really awful drawing of me as Luffy. you can call me Monkey D. Kelly.

i'm gunna be the hairhands king BE MY NAKAMA.


✦✦✦ black ◉ hole ✦✦✦

✦✦✦ black ◉ hole ✦✦✦
a voracious reader who devours and absorbs everything it sees



✦✦✦ colliding ✧ spiral ✧ galaxies ✦✦✦
two hot tempered, short fused rivals who happened to wear the same outfit to school and decided to fight for their right to be the sole wearer of said outfit

initially i wanted to draw a pre-fight scene where they'd just bumped into each other (while wearing the same shirt). the concept/imagery didn't seem strong enough though.


i really loved the subtle shoulder bump / deathglare imagery so i went back to it briefly.

i also really liked the fight scene, but it seemed too static and didn't tie back to the idea of colliding galaxies (and i also didn't know what to do with the background), so i decided to make it more of a circular shape to make it seem like they're even more tangled. they also look more like actual colliding spiral galaxies this way.

i blew up my tiny sketches, printed it out, and did a more finalized linear on tracing paper so i could transfer it onto watercolour paper.

sketch on watercolour paper :D
i like that with tracing paper it's light enough so the pencil won't be visible once i paint over it, and i can still kind of keep the quality of my smaller sketches.

i spent a long time painting the skin. ; ____ ; it didn't used to take forever. i think i prefer it without the blue/brown shadows though! the past few years i've always painted skin with yellow, red, and blue, but now i might try only yellow and red. it looks more fresh? hmmmmmmm.

scraps to test out my colours and to get the line weight i want for outlining!



♻ reuse/recycle

i have a really bad habit of reusing art over and over again for a million different purposes. i've probably turned all of my finished work into prints, buttons, stickers, and patterns. can't stop won't stop.

this was originally a drawing i made for my first litho project! wanted to see how many of my favourite icons/symbols/objects i could mash together in one image.


i made a pattern out of it and printed it (digitally?) on white and fawn stonehenge paper!

a fancily edited (err instagram'd) photo of one of my litho prints. litho's a lot harder than i ever imagined it would be. u___u i really love how each print still holds the same quality of a pencil drawing though! i love that you can make a million reproductions of a single drawing but they'd all still be original. :>

used the pattern to make myself an 80page sketchbook!
i'm planning to make more of these to sell in the near future, so any tips on pricing would be more than amazing! i'm thinking $15-$20 CAD right now. what kind of paper do you guys like in your sketchbooks/what size? O:

a (really terribly/wrongly constructed) clamshell box

and finally a nice little cigarette case!

just a taste of the first few things completed for school year '11-'12!


july 29

i have close to a million blog updates sitting in my drafts waiting to be fixed up. i'll do my best to get those posted before the end of summer!!!
i mostly do quick art updates on twitter now, so if you're interested in taking sneak peaks at most of the stuff i've drawn&made from June until now, you can check my twitter / twitpic !

thanks for sticking with me you guysssssss.


◌ ░░▒░▓░▒ ✦ p a t t ✧ e r n s ✦ ▒░▓░▒░░ ◌

hello blogspot! i've been away for the past month which sort of explains why i haven't put in any effort to keep this corner of the internet alive. i'm back and incredibly jet lagged though! c: i'm really behind with posting work i completed near the end of the school year ( i can't even update my website because my dreamweaver trial expired hahaaaaaa ) so LOOK AT ALL THESE THINGS I MADE NEAR THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!

i feel like scans of prints never really do them any justice. this one's more impressive in person!

inspired by another Murakami quote.

Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. In fact, things will be even worse the next time you open your eyes. That’s the kind of world we live in, Mr Nakata. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won’t make time stand still. (Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore)

both plates before being dropped into acid. i really like how they look! need to look into scratchboard, i think. :U

drypoint, Franz from ❁ DEAD✦COSMIC✦SAINT ❁

i didn't realize how overboard i went with the details on this until i'd finished etching and started to do prints. whoops. during critique, my professor suggested pushing back the background by darkening it with watercolours. going to try doing that as soon as can get access to the studios again! also need to find a better way to make the stars. i used talc, but it got really clumpy, and my application was too messy.

i should also try a little harder to be more accurate with my paper cutting and registration next time. :U

pastiche of the LV monogram
this one's not an etching, but i want to do something similar on a huge zinc plate next time!! >:I

other important things i did before i left:
☺ reread all of Slam Dunk
☺☺ got my hands on a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint to ensure that all my paintings from here on in are rave ready
☺☺☺ made a total of 5 packages for swaps with some really awesome people WHICH I WILL MAKE A POST ABOUT NEXT


!!! OKAY KELLY K !!!

✦✦✦ !!! OKAY KELLY K DOT COM !!! ✦✦✦

my website's finally up and running!
feelin like a grown up now.



he's very charming, isn't he?

It’s not a question of better or worse. The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you’re supposed to go up and down when you’re supposed to go down. When you’re supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When you’re supposed to go down, find the deepest well and go down to the bottom. When there’s no flow, stay still. If you resist the flow, everything dries up. If everything dries up, the world is darkness. ( Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle )
this isn't incredibly successful, but it's supposed to be Toru's view from the bottom of the well. i'll probably re-do it later.
I really loved the imagery of Toru viewing a half-moon when he looks up from the bottom of a well, as well as the complete darkness he experiences when May Kasahara covers the top of the well entirely.

playing with simpleanimationzz to make boring sketches (hopefully) a little more interesting. kind of relaxing!!



poster to promote Transit City
(bad quality scan :c a lot of the colour, especially from the bottom half of the image, has been completely loooooost. there were a lot more blues and purples in the face/helmet/background/spacesuit)

combatting the controversy that arose against Amy Chua's book (and methods of parenting in) Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and the portrayal of Asian students in Western media.

haha i'm particularly pleased with how the STUDY HARD! book turned out and the purple of that keyboard (is that what you'd call a yummy purple?).

second version with (really terribly rendered) text.

really glad my watercolours are improving a bit! the past three years i've been so used to upping the colours of a painting in photoshop and then getting it printed since the colours in the original always look a bit dull and muddy. with my last two pieces i'm actually more pleased with the originals than the printed/photoshopped version! i've somehow managed to make the colours in my paintings more vibrant than before?
BUT i also realized that i reallyreallyREALLY need to work on backgrounds and type. both are terrible since i rarely do either. :I

also been drawing a lot of myself as a pkmn trainer. i'm actually reallyreally surprised with how much i love the new Gen (both the game and most of the new pkmn). i drew this right after i caught four solosis. my favourite solosis is TANK, but he's since evolved into reuniclus!!! so happy.
my team right now is made up of:
THEODORE ( oshawott who will NEVER BE ALLOWED TO EVOLVE. buddy, you're just too cute to evolve. )
ZIGGY (zebstrika)
CHARLIETWO (pansear)
mushi (munna)
GU WAK JAI (scrafty!! he evolved yesterday)
TANK (solosis)
currently have 7/8 badges. this is also the first time i've leveled up my team equally. they're all in the lvl 38-42 range, whereas previously i'd only have my starter and second pkmn (usually electric?) lvl'd up super high, and the rest of my team is in the 20s.
if you're playing the new Gen, let's swap friendcodes!! :D

website coming sooooooon~ keep them eyes peeled, comrades.