2019 has certainly been an interesting year for me. With lots of ups and downs, there is lots to reflect on. Things twisted and turned and took me places I never imagined I would be come this time last year.
- Developed pitch for animated series, Alienated
- Graduated from MIAD, magna cum laude!
- Celebrated my golden birthday on May 22nd
- Moved to Chicago and worked at a tech company for 6 months in production
- Created an animated short for FFRF
- Went to CTNx for the 2nd time
- WENT TO DISNEYLAND!!!
- Moved back to Madison before the holidays
GOALS FOR 2020:
- Find a job or freelance projects in animation or toy design
- Read at least 8 books
- Storyboard a scene from Alienated
- Play piano as much as possible!
- Keep building my portfolio
- Travel!!! Lots of weddings coming up!
Thank you so much for all your support this year...and the last decade! I've officially been drawing for 10 years. Check out this thread detailing the last 10 years through my art.
Previous Art summaries:
Although my list of accomplishments for 2018 is a lot shorter than I originally wanted it to be, I'm still proud and definitely view this last year as a major transitional phase!
- Had a video reach 1M views on YouTube
- Reached 10k followers on Instagram
- Visited New York City with my best friend, Sarah.
- Rebranded Katidoodlesmuch!
- illustrated a picture book for a non-profit
- Focused on my health more!
GOALS FOR 2019:
- Graduate w/ a 3.8 GPA or above w/ a thesis I love!
- Apply to story artist internships in LA! (Ahhh!!!)
- Visit LA again regardless of if I can get an internship or not
- Get my learners permit for driving.
- Continue caring for my body
Thank you so much to you all for sticking by me this year! Whether you've been a Katidoodlesmuch fan for years, or days, I am so grateful. This is just the beginning of my journey. 2019 is going to be full of so much for me as I begin my career. Hope I do you all proud!
Happy New Year!
PREVIOUS ART SUMMARIES:
PS: Do you have a 2019 Calendar yet? My Girls & Pets calendar is still available! Purchase today on my Etsy! On sale now for only $12.
Happy Holiday Season!
It's been a while since my last update. Just wanted to drop in and wish you all a wonderful holiday season. This year was filled with plenty of ups and downs, and this time of year is a great time of reflection and hope. I have done a lot of rebranding throughout this fall season in anticipation for my graduation next spring. I'm so excited to share this journey with you all.
xoxo - Kati
Kati Doodles: Girls and Pets!
This semester, we were prompted in Susan Kwas' Professional Practices for the Illustrator course to keep up with a weekly Instagram prompt. I decided to draw weekly illustrations of different girls and their pets. I created 16 images throughout the semester to post each week, and have now compiled the collection into a 2019 Calendar! That's right! My annual calendar is back.
Come see me!
I will be selling my work once again at the MIAD Holiday Sale! I look forward to seeing you there.
Thursday, November 29, 6 – 9 p.m.: Be among the first to see the art and design works for sale. Preview Night admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Friday, November 30, 5 – 9 p.m.: Sale, free admission
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Sale, free admission
I hope you all had a wonderful month. May is always my favorite month of the year as the weather begins that beautiful transition from spring to summer. May also consists of many birthdays including my own and many of my loved ones.
Here's what I've been up to!
Laser Cut Gift Bag
In addition to the vinyl sticker, we also worked in the MIAD maker space using the laser cutting printers to create these gift bags! These will be great skills for my future as a senior and my upcoming thesis show.
A Forbidden Love - Animated Short
With the end of the semester came the completion of an animated short for Video and Animation Production. This animation tells the hilarious tale of how a fairy and merman come to meet, and slowly fall in love. I've been wanting to pursue this idea for a long time, and am happy with the outcome. I would love to take this idea even farther someday!
A few weeks ago, I got to visit my dear friend Sarah for her 17th birthday. I did lots of doodling while I was on the east coast, including various doodles of strangers. Drawing these quick figures is a great way to exercise my gestural drawing abilities with a character designing twist!
Pictured above: Figure studies at Dane County Regional Airport, May 10th.
Pictured below: Figure studies at Central Park in New York City, May 11th.
Now you can purchase Katidoodlesmuch products on Teepublic! Get items ranging from T-shirts, mugs, notebooks, stickers, and more!
I met Sarah finally after having her in my life for over 2 years. She's such an amazing friend, and I'm so glad that my artwork and our mutual love for people like Sabrina Carpenter and Dove Cameron is what brought us together! This trip was so fun and I will never forget all the exciting adventures we had!
On May 22nd, Kari and I had our 21st birthday and it was a lovely day. Thank you to everyone who wished us well, and helped us celebrate!
May has been a very busy month, so I can't wait for things to calm down a bit in June so I can get drawing every day again! Catch ya next month with yet another update!
Starting this month here at Katidoodlesmuch, I am introducing a monthly newsletter! This is a great way for me to update you all on the past month's projects all in one spot.
If you like what you see and want to be updated directly in your inbox, sign up for the newsletter at the link below!
The Ultimate Sleepover Guide
In the illustration program at MIAD, junior students work on a semester long open project to prepare for senior thesis. We were expected to create an extensive project that culminates our interests and career goals as illustrators. Inspired by my childhood love of magazines such as American Girl Magazine, Girls Life, and other girly magazines, I decided to create a guide on how to throw a perfect slumber party. I wanted this guide to feel very nostalgic for myself and for my viewers but also be fresh and current for modern girls. The guide focuses on just a small snapshot of what could potentially be an entire book someday. The illustrations follow a bit of a narrative of some of my original characters enjoying a sleepover alongside the guide. This project was so fun, and I can definitely see myself pursuing this project further and developing the story of this slumber party too! Can anyone say...senior thesis?
In March, I had the amazing opportunity to move onto the final round of interviews for Kohl’s Art Department Summer Internship. Although I did not get the position, it was a great learning experience to apply, interview, and tour the campus. As part of the final interview process, we had to create our own design and this is what I came up with. I was inspired by this painfully long winter to make a beachy surfer girl. This line mixes and matches various patterns and graphics to create an awesome array of sports leisure wear for girls ages 6-10.
With the semester ending very soon (May 4th, 2018) I will have time once again to work extensively on commissions. As always, please visit my commission page for contact information and pricing! This summer will be a great time to get in contact with me to create work for you as I will not be able to take on as many jobs through my senior year. Stay tuned for updates.
I am looking forward to this summer. I will be working at FFRF once again as an office assistant and continuing my work on our animation project. Summer calls for great memories to be made and I can't wait for all sorts of fresh inspiration to come in this beautiful time of year.
THANK YOU! I've been on YouTube for over 7 years now. It started out as just a silly hobby and place where I made lots of friends (shout out to my TDI fam) But, today, I reached over 10,000 subscribers. I've experimented with many outlets on the platform. Although most of these videos are either private or deleted, I dabbled in stop motion, comedy skits, total drama island fan videos, video manipulations, piano covers, polymer clay tutorials, but this last year have finally found my voice through my speedpaint videos. It's been so incredible to watch my subscriber count soar this past year. I've always done my videos for my own pleasure, but know there are people out there who want to watch my creations inspires me so deeply. I can't wait to continue developing new content for you all to enjoy! ❤ Let me know what kinds of videos you guys wanna see next. I'm excited to continue this journey.
Just wanted to give you guys some updates on what's happening over here at Katidoodlesmuch currently!
Commissions are changing.
On March 1st my rates will be doubling. Why the increase? Well, a few reasons. The value of my work has changed! I have more experience under my belt. The rates I am currently selling at are the same as when I started my website almost 4 years ago. It's about time I re-evaluate things, I would say.
I will only be accepting payment through PayPal (or cash/ check for local orders).
An invoice will be sent as soon as price is agreed upon.
After payment I will get a sketch to you. Here is when I would prefer any change requests to be made.
Once the sketch is approved I will move on to completing the piece.
After the piece is finished I will offer the opportunity for 2 major changes (if any) to the piece. Additional charges may apply for extreme modifications needed on the drawing.
It is key to make any changes known in the sketch phase.
Stay tuned for the new commission price guide as it goes into affect on March 1st. Any orders inquired on before then qualify for the current pricing.
Here are some reminders:
*Must be 16 years or older or have parents permission to commission.
*These prices are a general idea of what you can expect. Price may vary depending on complexity of the commission.
*I will not draw obscenity, extreme gore, or any subject that makes me uncomfortable. I have the right to say yes and no to any of the above themes at my leisure.
In other news, this semester is off to a great start. I'm enjoying my classes. And now you can see my progress on the new page of the Gallery tab! The SCHOOL WORK page will bring you to my MIAD E-Portfolio. I will try to keep it as updated as possible, but as always most current updates can be found on my social media!
Take care, friends!
What an interesting year!
I have learned quite a bit about myself and I'm proud of the progress I have made. I unfortunately had some hardships - but we all do. And I know that I'm coming out strong. I discovered new found health issues and emotional instability, but I also realized my strength and just how capable I am of accomplishing my goals.
So with that - here's a little timeline of some highlights!
Things coming soon:
THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL YEAR!
LET'S MAKE 2017 EVEN BETTER!
With the new year coming soon, and the release of many of the projects I have been working on, I will be making many adjustments to my site!
For now, my store is CLOSED. I want to focus on making sure that Swan Lake gets released on time. I plan to reopen my store on Black Friday! So stay tuned.
Thanks for being patient with me!
Who is Kati?
I'm a fairy mermaid muppet princess who doodles much. Illustrator by day, Fan Girl by night. My inspiration comes from all things cute and girly, and I love making work that inspires young women.