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A recent sketch

There is nothing better than a blank sheet of paper and a sharpened pencil for getting out emotions. (pardon the poor photo quality) Happy Creating! Karen Karen Wolcott Illustration

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How I Prepare Final Files For My Clients

All graphic designers and art directors have their own preference as to how they want to receive files. Usually, I am forwarding my illustrations to a graphic designer or art director to add copy and place in a layout before … Continue reading

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Top 6 Audibles for My Creative Zone

When I’m working on a big illustration project, I can spend many hours at my drawing table and in front of my computer. It’s quite solitary and I enjoy the zen state it creates. When that happens, I usually like … Continue reading

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Pencils and Planes

Most of my work is done with pencil and paper. Once the sketch is client approved, I scan it and redraw it in Adobe Illustrator. I sketch at my drawing table, bed, sitting in the grass in my backyard, on … Continue reading

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My Top 3 Toys for Kids

I love when I have an excuse to buy toys for my kids. I think I enjoy playing as much as they do. I suppose it helps keep me young, young at heart anyway. After spending many hours down on … Continue reading

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The #1 thing I learned in college

I have a degree in Visual Communications with a concentration in studio photography from Ohio University. Visual Communications encompassed quite a few disciplines including photography, design, editing and writing. I feel fortunate to have been able to take some diverse … Continue reading

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Top 3 Lies Artists Tell Themselves

I often wish I could turn off my brain. It is so easy to psych myself out before even picking up a pencil, charcoal, paintbrush, or wacom pen. Too much stuff starts sloshing up there between my ears. I realize … Continue reading

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Squealing Like A Toddler

I squealed like an excited toddler when I watched Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas recently. Zarkana was a phenomenal show. There was the usual dare devil trapeze artists and hire wire stunts that make your heart leap out of … Continue reading

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Everyone can draw!

Everyone can draw. I truly believe that. Everyone can draw. That was the main point I tried to convey when I taught an art lesson at my son’s school last week. If you can draw a straight line, a wavy … Continue reading

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The Amazing Sword Swallower

Sometimes it’s fun to look at past work. Recently, I came across a series of illustrations I did for Emspace Group in Omaha some years ago. They are an innovative group of creative thinkers and wanted to showcase their skills … Continue reading

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