A little piece on getting back into old habits.
I have spent the last year strenuously teaching myself how to draw and create art digitally. I got back in to the practice of art through the power of watercolour and but overtime realised that there is a lot of desire for illustrators to have digital skills, and I have spent a long, old time at screen and tablet. So this morning during a bout of intense creative block I decided to pick up brush and ink. A desperate measure, but still a rewarding nostalgic push in the right direction.
Sometimes it takes the simple things to just spurn you on a little and with a fresh brush and some colourful ink I quickly stepped in line with my old traditional self and painted away.
I decided to create my beloved, yet oh so quite, fan base, a free little phone wallpaper. So please download the below and use to your heart’s content. Seemingly lemons were on my mind, they are often a craving of mine, and therefore I present you with this zesty little piece to adorn your phone with.
My name is Kathleen, I am an illustrator, creator of Katcha, and Knotfall, the webcomic for kids. I want to make one thing happen, fun. More specifically I want to make life fun for kids!
It is the year 2018 and sometimes there really doesn’t feel like there is enough fun out there, but when there is fun, where do I usually find it… the internet.
As a parent, I find there is a lot of guilt about “screen time”, but let’s face it, as adults we spend a hell of a lot of time on screens. I am going to bet 75% of our jobs involve at least a little bit of screen exposure.
So then why are we making such a big deal about it with our kids? Perhaps we are trying to make up for their inevitable screen-staring future, or we’re scared of what they might see on those screens, or we don’t think screens can educate or stimulate growing minds?
Whatever it is, I have an idea! Instead of shielding our children from those glowing boxes, why don’t we share it with them? Let’s guide them through the serious parts of the internet, and show them where the fun bits are!
I want Katcha to become a resource for parents and kids of all the wonderful and exciting things the internet has to offer, as well as, of course, peddling my own wares and stories.
So for this week, I will leave you with a link to my own nostalgia, that might be a nice way to introduce your child to the internet…