Local Hero Press Book Cover Work in Progress

Work in progress screenshot from a cover I am doing for Local Hero Press.
Work in progress screenshot from a cover I am doing for Local Hero Press.

Just thought I’d share one of the many projects on my ‘art table’. This is a digital painting I am doing for a fantasy novel published by Local Hero Press.

As you can see, I’m still in the rough underpainting phase, which I am doing in Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio). I will finish most of the rendering in black and white, and then move over into Photoshop to do the colors and finial tweaking/painting.

What’s nice about Clip Studio is that you can save your files as Photoshop files, which makes this kind of hybrid painting/creation very easy.

Stay tuned for more progress. 😀

Upcycled, Crochet Handbag, work in progress

Working on a crochet bag made from unraveled thrift store sweaters.
Working on a crochet bag made from unraveled thrift store sweaters.

I am in desperate need of two things.

  • A new handbag/purse
  • A reduction to the monstrous size of my yarn stash

To kill two birds with one stone, I set out to make myself a new bag. I don’t buy bags from the store for myself anymore. I enjoy making them.

I also have a stash of sweaters that I get from the thrift store just for the yarn. It is much cheaper to buy a sweater’s worth of yarn for $5 or less and take it apart, than to buy the yarn new. I look for interesting colors, fiber blends and yarn weights and I enjoy the hunt at the thrift store.

This bag is made from two different sweaters. The brown lower part is from an acrylic sweater that had two colors of yarn for a variegated look, and the tan color is also two-strands of wool yarn in two different colors.

I am using the most basic crochet stitch of all – the single crochet – to put this together. The base was crocheted first, and then I crocheted around it to begin working in the round. Easy-peasy.

Stay tuned for the finished product.

Self-Publishing adult coloring books on CreateSpace, digital proofer

Today I thought I’d share a little behind the scenes look at the digital proofer that CreateSpace uses in the self-publishing process that they offer. While going through the final approval on the digital proofs for my newest coloring book, “Illustrated Christmas: 25 Holiday Designs to Color,” I made a quick video flip through of what the book looks like. CreateSpace is so easy and fun to use.

I’ve approved the book, and it will be available on Amazon later today or tomorrow. I hope you’ll check it out. 😀

-Karyn

New Focus, New Website, New Content, New Art

As 2016 comes to a close, and 2017 fast approaches, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the new website changes and the new focus of my creative endeavors.

Over the last several years, my focus has been on painted digital illustration and selling my designs at print on demand companies like Zazzle and Cafepress. While I will still have my old work on those sites for purchase, moving forward, I will be trying to grow my own brand here, on karynlewis.com, which I hope will become a hub and showcase for all the types of art and handcrafts that I enjoy creating. In the coming months, this site will not only host my portfolio, but a shop where you can directly buy prints and other creations from me directly.

Additionally, I have changed my creative course, and am no longer focusing on digital painting, but I am going back to my artistic roots. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing, and my work moving forward, will focus on the art of drawing.

This change has already revitalized me, and I’ve been hard at work creating coloring books, graphic novels and more. For the first time in a long time, art has become fun again.

Additionally, I have also created a Patreon page that will also feature more of my behind the scenes work, and I will be making weekly (and sometimes daily) videos on YouTube. Often you can watch me livestreaming my drawing sessions. I hope you will consider becoming a patron or a subscriber.

Thanks for following me over the years. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings. 🙂