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Black Cats and Art Snacks

Black Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015

Black Cat. Ink, colored pencil, and graphite on smooth bristol paper.

This month, I received my first Art Snacks box. Art Snacks is a monthly art supplies package, similar to the beauty and treat boxes that are so popular now.

I decided to give it a try because I no longer had other subscriptions. David and I had enjoyed our Vegan Cuts snack box, but treats often melted in transit (it’s over 100 degrees here for months on end), so we cancelled. In fact, the heat was the reason I stopped getting beauty boxes too: lots of melted makeup.

So, Art Snacks arrived with Halloween candy. Which melted! Shocking―not. However, the art supplies hadn’t melted, because they were mostly pens and pencils, a nice watercolor brush, plus a bottle of ink.

The little card that came with the supplies encouraged the use of all products in the box to make an original piece of art. David would have had me do it anyway, because he suggested the idea before I’d even read the card!

So… here you have it: a black cat for Halloween. Which seemed ideal, given that everything in the box was black―except one colored pencil, which was orange.

I’ll be trying the box again for November and making something with whatever I get. Hoping for more color next time. It’s a fun box for artsy types!

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Filed under Animals, Arizona, Art, Cats, Color, Creativity, Graphite, Holiday, Illustration, Ink, Marker, Mixed Media, Painting, Pencil, Pets, Phoenix, Prompts, Sketchbook

Free Your Spirit

Free Your Spirit by Karen Gadient, 2015

Vector design inspired by the words of a dear friend.

You’re not meant to be bottled up.

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Filed under Art, Digital Artwork, Friendship, Graphic Design, Illustration, Inspiration

Moon Cat

Moon Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015
Moon Cat. Happy Cat of the Moon. Vector Illustration.

This is the partner to Sun Cat, but I didn’t post her when I shared that illustration. With all this moony talk lately (and that big moon outside of my window last night), I figured it was a good time to let her loose.

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

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Happy Octopus

Happy Octopus by Karen Gadient, 2015

Happy Octopus.

Started off as a quirky colored pencil sketch that I thought was cute, and developed into a vector illustration. Happy little guy―makes me smile! Hope he passes a smile along to you too and that you’re having a good week so far.

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Filed under Animals, Art, Color, Digital Artwork, Graphic Design, Illustration, Nature, Ocean, Sea

Hypnocactus

Hypnocactus by Karen Gadient, 2015

Hypnocactus. For a print and other items, please click the image.

Another cactus-themed design for #KaleidoSaturday. 🙂

When you gaze long into the cactus, the cactus also gazes into you.

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Sun Cat

Sun Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015

Sun Cat. Happy Cat of the Sun. Vector Illustration.

I finished this one a few weeks back but wanted to share it here because it makes me smile. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it too. Happy September!

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Rock Out with Your Bok Out

Rock Out with Your Bok Out by Karen Gadient, 2015

David and I say this all the time (we’re vegan and eat a lot of veggies, one of our favorites being bok choy) and I thought: ‘I need a shirt that says that’ and… nope, didn’t find one. So I made one.

Opened an account at Redbubble tonight as a place to share my vector illustration work. Not much there yet, other than the bok choy (click the image to see the goods), but I’ll update occasionally so you can see what’s new.

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Filed under Art, Creativity, Graphic Design, Illustration, Life, Vector