Growing as an Illustrator and Designer over time.
June is pride month: “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.” - https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/
In honour of pride month I discussed with LGBT friends on some ideas and created the “Love is Love” Collection on the Zazzle Store.
I took a while to post this as I was unsure about discussing my own experiences as an Asexual Panromantic which can be a pretty confusing thing to explain. https://www.asexual-aces.com/info/ is a great source for information on Aces (the term most asexuals use for themselves). However because my partner right now is a very understanding man. While I have had issues when I was a teenager of boys considering asexuality as a “challenge”, overall I’ve personally not had a lot of drama related to my sexuality.
So to honour Aces I am very happy with this design available on buttons and shirts:
Stay safe out there during Pride events and take care of one another.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmothers, and even the pet Moms. You all work so hard for not near enough thanks. So Thank You!
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Want something extra special for next year? A Birthday, Anniversary, or even plan ahead for Christmas? Reach out and put in a request for your own custom design.
Or at least I really hope so, while I do enjoy colder months, it's really hard to get outside and enjoy it with so much snow and ice on the ground. Having such a snowy ice storm in Mid-April was a bit of a shock this year but it has given me a lot of inspiration to draw spring imagery. And, with that comes the other seasons as well.
So, I'm now launching a Four Seasons Collection at my Zazzle Store. I've started with coasters and mugs, with more designs to come over the next two weeks including a large canvas print that I'm working on that I hope people will love.
I'm most happy with my Summer and Spring designs, despite Autumn and Winter being my favourite seasons - I love sweater weather and hot drinks.
My favourite season of all is Autumn hot apple cider, apple pie, perfect temperature for me, and beautiful colours everywhere. What's yours and why?
I am very much a cat person, and I like to surround myself with other animal lovers. As gifts I started drawing my friends cats, using photos as a direct reference. See below for a sample I did of my brother's cat Mello.
I find these illustrations fairly fun and because there it is replicating instead of inventing an image they can be done fairly quickly. I am adding "Draw My Cat" to my commission form and will be able to do them at just 10$ per illustration.
Additional costs can be discussed after the fact if you're also interested in backgrounds, or a mug layout through Zazzle.com.
Check out the samples below, and give your animal companion a hug for me.
Select the "Draw My Cat!" Option.
Zazzle is a great website for creating personalized items such as mugs, t-shirts, buttons and stickers. I've previously used them with my Nailkita Brand, and have now moved everything over to my KilianWalkerDesign brand.
Illustrations used in my Zazzle Store may be similar in style to my stock illustrations, but I will try to be more fun with them, to create original gift ideas you can mix and match.
I also have up a collection of alert-like stickers and buttons for products, or for children to wear when suffering from a severe allergy.
For a change of pace from the last two weeks, this week I've uploaded 24 illustrations inspired by the Zodiac. They're available as outlines, or fully coloured.
These were a lot of fun to draw, and I especially found Capricorn a lot of fun to draw. The on I would like to come back to and improve on the most would be Scorpio, I was starting to get a bit creeped out while looking at reference images, and being a Scorpio myself I of course want my symbol to look the best.
Next week I'll have my portfolio updated with some of my graphic design work, and you can look forward to some fall and apple inspired illustrations.
Get ready for Fall!
Crisp weather, warm colours and a spooky atmosphere start the month off right.
With a fresh launch of KilianWalker.com today with a new layout and design on this Canadian Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things.
Have a Safe and Happy October!
Look forward to all the beauty that autumn brings and find inspiration in it. I know I will.