A Girl and Her Cat – Wintry Happiness

A third Girl and Her Cat painting! =D It may be summery and beautiful outside (or it was before it suddenly became very wet and rainy…) but I always start to yearn for autumn and winter at this time of year. There’s something so crisp and clean and joyous about a good hard frost!

I’m trying to train myself out of polishing things to death, so I’m posting this before I feel like it’s 100% perfect (a point I usually gauge by no longer knowing what else to do to a painting and no longer caring!). What do you guys think, does it look finished or does it need those few extra details/neatening of things? =)

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Katie Wakelin comic - A Wren's Tale

Page 36 is here =D I’ve been waiting for so long to get to this part – finally a chance to draw Sebastian’s music! I’m not sure I got it entirely right (I kept thinking I was painting and could cover darker colours with lighter ones!), but it’s pretty close to how I pictured it. I strongly associate music with colour and shape – this kind of purple-blue veils/streamers with flecks and lamp-like spots of yellow is how a lot of dreamy guitar music looks like to me. I was thinking of a lot of Laura Veirs and Kristin Hersh songs in particular.

Hope you like it! =D

Work Experience

Just finished a week of work experience with the company my Dad works with – ClearPeople. The creative team was lovely, very willing to help me and to put up with my initial shyness and uncertainty! It definitely highlighted to me how little I know of the ‘language’ of graphic design (and the work place in general…). Being self-taught and mainly focused on illustration meant that there were things I took for granted which were surprising to the people around me, and a disproportionately larger number of things I hadn’t even considered which were part of their everyday.

The week has been utterly exhausting (6:15am starts do not sit well with me!) and incredibly stimulating. I’m gonna need a while to process all the new information! But I have had an insight into the workflow of creating something under direction as part of a team, from initial idea to (nearly) final execution. And as a nice bonus I’ve come away with a redesigned CV and renewed enthusiasm to get cracking with this whole career malarky!

I made this painting on my last day as part of an illustration to go on my resume. It’s a semi-self-portrait, a portrait of interests if you will. Spending a day painting in an office convinced me that it could be the best 9-5 job ever… though perhaps I just got a rose-tinted view of it since I was essentially working on a personal piece! =) Also, given my propensity to mentally inhabit a painting I’m creating, looking up to find myself in a sunlit office rather than my bedroom at night was rather disorientating…

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Fanart Time…

I appear to be on a digital painting roll =D Those of you subject to my many long-winded and mostly incoherent rants about MCU during exam season will know that it was inevitable that this would happen someday…

I have made a fanart of Bucky looking wistful and windswept and I feel no shame.

Reference: screenshots from Political Animals and Winter Soldier.

Katie Wakelin fanart - Bucky Barnes

Back Early – and Painting!

Hello! I’m back early from backpacking – I couldn’t tear my mind away from the projects I’m incubating so I decided to return home to tend to them =) I’ve also finally done some painting! I’ve been drawing a decent amount since university ended but I had a bit of a painting block due to a few pieces hanging over me from termtime. But there’s no use feeling guilty for not doing one painting and therefore not doing any!

This is a quick study of a recent pyromaniac character of mine, playing with a very limited palette again. I may polish it up a bit later or just leave it as a one-sitting piece =)

Katie Wakelin digital painting