Art Dump!

Well folks, if you're looking for artwork, it's probably best to follow my instagram.  I don't get a chance to sit down at my desk and alter my webpages often.  Here's what you've been missing!

http://www.instagram.com/karenkrajenbrink

Lunchtime Funtime: Animating Fox & Boots

Been awhile since I've animated, so used lunchtime to try cracking into Photoshop's Timeline feature for myself.  Usually I use it for work feedback...  Keys in, no inbetweens.

 

 

Silicon Valley Comic Con - Recap

Silicon Valley Comic Con had it's first inaugural show this year.  Concensus from myself and friends attending/vending: Huge success.



It was well organized, load in/load out was easy, volunteers were helpful for the most part, and artist's alley was in a prime location next to celebrity signing.  This drew a constant crowd to that area of the convention, and we were always busy.

My fellow tablemate, Karen Luk, agreed, this was a highly successful first year.  I sold the second edition of Fox & Boots, along with my new card line, and had great responses from folks.  Kid's tshirts all but sold out, and commissions were nice and steady.

Great Job SVCC!  Looking forward to having a booth with you guys next year :)

 

Landscapes

It's not easy keeping your knives sharp as it were.  Skills need to be stretched and honed or they get rusty.  I've been lucky to have friends that push me artistically.  This year is going to be about story and backgrounds.  Fox & Boots got my toes wet.

But how do we maintain the creative spark?  Artists are their own worst enemy, often times snuffing the light out themselves.  

For me, aside from competitive friends, the answer lies in finding things that challenge me.  I'm in no way a great landscape artist, but my freelance gigs recently have been to do background paintings.  

What better way to continue learning than to just keep diving into backgrounds.  True artists never stop learning, and I am just beginning to understand how much or how little you need in a background to convey the right feelings.

 

CTN Wraps up! Fox & Boots debuts!

Wow!  What a fantastic convention.  CTN Expo in Burbank, is by FAR, my favorite show to attend. Getting to hang out with old friends, new friends, meet people I've admired and looked up to on a much smaller scale than SDCC is awesome.

But this was a first for me.  I put together and published my first children's book.  It's in a format I knew everyone would get (square, saddle stitched like my old children's books), but the interior pages were setup like comic pages.

I loved doing this book, enough to do a process video for Youtube, here:

 

Along with this video, I brought back only a few copies of the book.  You can purchase them here:  

Fox and Boots
15.00
Quantity:
Add To Cart

 

With this successful run, I hope to fund future runs of the book.  Right now, the first print run was limited to 100 copies.  Once these copies are gone, it may be a few months before I can restock, so if you're looking to get this for yourself or a loved one before the holidays, I cannot guarantee I will have more by then.

Thanks so much! 

-Karen

Newton's Law of Fear

An object in motion remains in motion, until stopped by an unbalanced force.


Therefore: Newton's Law of Fear is fear that remains in control until another force stops it.  I wont lie, I haven't drawn as much over the last year due to fear.  Fear I wasn't good enough, fear that the stories I wanted to tell were awful.  

I am exceptionally lucky.  I have amazing friends who also happen to be artists.  One in particular, is not just a friend, but an artist I deeply respect an admire.  And her quiet chats about never feeling good enough made me realize how much I was paralyzing myself artistically by fear.  

This isn't just me.  I've heard it over and over again.  Fear of creating.  So I decided, that needed to stop.

I'll be at CTN Expo again this year in Burbank.  And with any luck, at least one of the stories I'm working on will debut there.  Wish me luck.



The Learnings of Food in Games

On Restaurant Story 2, one of our prominent visual challenges was how we were to convey the way food looked.  How does an artist make a food look iconic? 

Lessons learned in styling food:

  • You cannot simply create an icon of that food and have it look appetizing
  • Presentation and color are everything.  Two shades off can make a meal look spoiled or undercooked
  • It's worth it to research various preparations of the same dish to find the most iconic, and most appealing shapes and colors
  • Way too much of the food we eat is brown, yellow, or red.  Use of things like parsley or green onions aren't just for flavor, they're to break up the mundane
  • Rendering believable food is not easy
  • Going a step further into understanding the science behind food helps.  Why/when/how things like char marks or carmelization happen are just as important as picking the right colors
  • All the most desirable foods are brown.  Sandwiches, fried chicken, roasted chicken, burgers, buns, chocolate...even coq au vin.

 

 

Above, on the left is one of the team artist's concepts for the classic dish, Coq Au Vin.  It does represent the dish, but how could we improve.  I took their concept, and pushed.  I went for a triangular plating, looking to cues from haute cuisine food photography.  Simple, graphic shapes, textured brushes, and the use of simple multiple and overlay layers to give the classic roasted, wine soaked presentation.  It is always easy to copy food photography.   Taking the time to push the team to look for the quintessential shapes and colors proved that our food always looked its best.    

 

 

 

 

 

New site, new look & SDCC 2015

About time I updated and well...made the site workable, better, faster, stronger.  With any luck, new art should be posted soon!  

Cheers folks!  I'll be working at Laurie B's booth #1803 at SDCC this year.  Stop by, say hi!

-K