The OwlCat Art Studio

Part time do-gooder, full time day dreamer:

Kristin Huxman FREELANCE ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR

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Feathery Sentiments

Now available! Hand made with affection.

Hey all, just a quick check-in to let you know I have a new item up on Etsy today.  Those cards I teased last time are now available, full size and full color!

 

I’m also preparing some information and pictures on my calligraphy journey so far, and maybe a sneak peak into my next project too.  This website is NOT intended for just pushing sale opportunities, so I’m considering ways to show the creative steps in my design and idea process.  Let me know if you have suggestions!  Stay tuned!

Back to it… with conviction!

Calligraphy, card stock, watercolors

The latest project, in development.

Hello Everyone!  I must apologize for my long absence.  I was working a “day job” and it was more taxing on my art time than I’m happy with.  That being said, I’m so excited to be back!  Please continue watching and supporting me.  ❤

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Storefront, next steps

Hey all!  Things have been busy: in the last month I’ve opened a store on Etsy, produced a few bookmarks for sale (especially on Etsy), applied for a few opportunities, etc.  … I guess that doesn’t seem so busy, but amidst LIFE it’s important to have some form of benchmark.  So, before further ado, please check out my new store!!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheOwlCatArtStudio

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Long time no post?

Oops — I fell off the internet again.  Sometimes I’m just super awful about keeping up here.  My bad.  I’ve been distracted with trying to find a regular, pay-the-bills job.  Monetizing art is … difficult.  Commissions are just never plentiful enough and sometimes I spend too much time looking for opportunities and not enough time actually producing art.  When the opportunities come around, I often feel like I don’t have any art recent enough to show what I can do.  It’s a vicious cycle.  So, I’m working on finding a job.

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Merry Holidays to All!

Hello everyone and happy holidays!  I hope this season has been kind to you all.  I feel rather spoiled myself despite a few setbacks.  Art has been slowing down a little, though I did prepare a card.  I’m mailing it out to personal friends and family, but wanted to share it here, as well.  Be cozy, healthy, and well.  🙂

Ooh la la!

The music of Middle-earth

Hey all, sorry for my silence since Halloween.  I hope it was a great holiday for everyone.  🙂  A few weeks ago I was taken somewhat by surprise when a good buddy got me in touch with his friend Aaron Dunn, creative entrepreneur behind a musical project: The Silmarillion Symphony.  Take a look and a listen, it’s really lovely.  The album will release on November 12 — that’s right, in FOUR days!

At any rate, Aaron asked me to illustrate the album cover and I was really excited to get on board with the project.  I really enjoy the world that Tolkien developed.  I’m a huge fan of The Hobbit (don’t ask me my feelings about the movies) and The Lord of the Rings.  If you haven’t read the books, I really deeply recommend them.  I was happy for an excuse to start reading The Silmarillion (any excuse to read!).  If you aren’t familiar, the book is a collection of stories mostly relating the origins and creation of Middle-earth and its people.  I’m enjoying it a lot so far.

Here’s the album cover I designed:

The trees of Valinor

The trees of Valinor

 

Sorry about the watermark.  Anyway, the tree on the left is Laurelin and the one on the right is Telperion.  In the middle is one of the lamps of the Valar (either Illuin or Ormal).  The sea is pretty significant in the early history of the world and the elves especially.  I used watercolor and some gouache on mat board, if you want the specifics.  It was a really fun project and it’s nice to do some commissioned work.  It was also a pleasure working with Aaron, so if you enjoy Tolkien, music, symphonies, awesomeness, great literature, inspiring music, nice album art, etc. please consider buying (pre-order is available) a copy for yourself.

 

I’ll try to update on other projects this coming week.  🙂  Until then, have a great weekend!

The Witching Hour

Two more coloring pages for your crayon-based pleasure!  I hope you like them.  🙂  I’m going to try passing out some coloring samples to trick-or-treaters on Friday, plus posting one more page on the big day!

 

 

First, some squirrels getting ready for harvest!  I’m hungry for pumpkin pie, myself.  Like, all the time.  I don’t know if that’s healthy, but that’s how I feel.

squirrelharvest

 

Next, a young witch working up a magickal potion!  Or soup!  Who can say?

Littlewitch

 

Again, I hope you all like them.  Special shout-out to my new followers, I really appreciate your interest.  🙂

More Coloring Pages!

As promised, here are two more coloring pages for your amusement.  One is more seasonal than necessarily Halloween-y.  The scarecrow is a bit more “advanced,” I suppose, as coloring pages go.  Anyway, I hope you like them!  Let me know what you think in a comment here, on facebook, or on deviantArt.  🙂

Frightful jack-o-lantern and cat

Frightful jack-o-lantern and cat

 

Thomas named the crow Phil.

This scarecrow needs more color in his life.

An activity for the season

Happy October!  Don’t you just love the Fall?  It’s my favorite season, and host to my favorite holiday: Halloween!  While we were in Korea, I had the happy opportunity to draw up some coloring pages for our students as an activity during the Halloween Party we hosted.  I’m happy to continue that habit by sharing some pages over the course of this month.  First up, two pages a lot of my students would recognize:

Color me!

An Autumn Owl

 

Candy, please!

 

I’ll be putting up more printable pages over the next couple of weeks, so check back soon!  Requests?  Hit me up!

 

 

 

Art you can cuddle

Hey all!  So, squishable.com, if you’re not familiar, is a delightful website full of great and adorable stuffed animals.  My fiancée and I own three, naturally.  😛  Something else wonderful that they do is their Project Open Squish, which allows anyone to design their own squishable.  Eventually, the design goes up for vote on the website and through the grand democratic process (and its social-media charged biases), they determine a new design that they go on to produce as a real stuffed toy, for sale on their site.  The artist gets some money as well as the stuffed version of their design.

THAT’S not even the sales pitch!  At any rate, back in December I sent them a design of my own.  My delightful fiancée Thomas wrote up the flavor text.  Just yesterday it went live for the voting process and I’d just be tickled if it won.  Of course, I’m not asking for votes.  It really shouldn’t be a popularity contest (not that I’m terribly popular).  But here I am to encourage anyone reading this to take a look and, if you like it, vote.  It’s on a 1 to 5 point scale, so follow your heart.  You’ll need to make a login, but that’s free and easy if you don’t mind spending a couple of minutes.

Here’s the picture, so you can get an idea:
Squishable Puffin DesignTake a look and, if you think it would make a good cuddle-buddy for yourself or any of your favorite people, please take a minute to vote.  Here’s the link one more time:  https://www.squishable.com/opensquishp/opensquish_puffin_29030/

Thanks, everyone!