Dragonbrushsed LE print update

I'm writing this for folks who may be wondering where the LE prints are! Prints have been ordered and are in queue for printing starting the first week of January. My local print shop was quite busy as it turned out, but I know they will turn out absolutely beautiful and perfect to color. I know this because I was able to get some proofs! I saw them just before they closed for the holidays and I am SO thrilled with how even just the tiny proofs looked. See for yourself!

 
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As soon as I get the call that they're ready, adding the embellishments and sending out ALL the remaining orders will be at the top of the list. If you have any questions at all about your order, please don't hesitate to contact me at kamakru@gmail.com

Happy 2018! =]

- Katie

Soon begins the reign of video & Inked art + changes to "Ink & Coffee"

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday season so far!

As you may have seen, I will be closing the shop on December 12th. By then I'll have all the orders in for Limited Edition Dragonbrushed prints, so those will be printed and then all remaining orders sent out. 

Twitch and Youtube

Once shop stuff is taken care of I can turn my attention to streaming on Twitch and posting more on YouTube! This is something I wanted to do in 2017 but was unable to keep a schedule I could follow with the amount of travelling I did. I am allowing myself most of December and January to dive more into streaming artwork and posting on Youtube to help establish a better process for this. Here are links to my YouTube and Twitch accounts

Changes to the Ink & Coffee Book

Streaming on Twitch will likely go hand in hand with continuing work on the Ink & Coffee project. I'd love to get at least 20 more illustrations done for the book to launch next year. The focus of the book will likely be changed slightly as well - from specifically creatures of folklore to also include creatures of my own design. The reason for the change is mostly because I do not wish for the book to become a reference guide to folklore, as I am not an expert in that area. However, I love designing creatures so instead it will have a mix of my own creatures and my (sometimes loose) interpretations of folklore creatures from around the world. 

I'm looking forward to where the art will take us, and I hope you'll join me on this journey!

- Katie

Dragon Gifts, Fantasy Gifts and Art Gifts, oh my!

 
NEW! Dragon Skull zippered pouches

NEW! Dragon Skull zippered pouches

 

Unique gifts from a small business

For those who seem to have everything- like your aunt who if she wants something she'll just go get it - it can make it tough to find something unique for her! Or does it?

Here at the Kamakru Art studio you'll find lots of unique gifts designed and created by artist Katie Croonenberghs. Tabletop gaming accessories such as zippered pouches and playmats, artwork to decorate, artwork to collect, stationaryoriginal artwork and art books are just a few things you'll find here.  

Thanks for visiting!
 

Final convention of the year - Jet City Comic Show!

 
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Jet City in Tacoma, Washington will be the last show on the circuit this year! I'm sad to see all of the great weekends of connecting with people coming to a close for the year, but also excited as this means the switch from shows and conventions to art production! 

November kicks off not only a fresh release of certain products for the Holidays (See DRAGONBRUSHED) but this means good food and hunkering down to make a lot more art for the coming year. I still have so many more ideas I need to explore and I can't wait to dive in.

 

Gears turning for the art book and Geek Girl Con!

The Art Book begins, early stages -

Things are starting to move a little more for the dragon art book now that I've spoken with the printer a few times, talked about what papers to use and all the little details that make up the main structure of the book. The title is still in the air, as "Smaugust" doesn't fit the series very well anymore, and while last year's book was titled "Month of Dragons", perhaps this year's title will encompass the watercolor medium. 

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Next show, Geek Girl Con -

There are now only two shows left of the year, with the next being here in Seattle and then Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma at the beginning of November! I love being able to do shows and meet everyone face to face, but I'll admit I'm also excited for the 'off-season', which for me means I hunker down for the winter and make lots and lots of new art ;)
 

Kamakru Art at GenCon 2017

For the first time ever Katie will be at GenCon in Indianapolis! Available will be a selection of 11x17 art prints, zippered pouches, original artworks and Limited Edition canvas prints.
An exclusive GenCon 50 card will be given to the first 50 customers =]

Look for Katie Croonenberghs in the Art Show, booth #46!

Denver Comic Con & temporary shop closure

I'm a bit late in this announcement I'll admit,  but you may have noticed the shop "missing"! That's because I am currently three states away from my studio, down in Colorado for Denver Comic Con and the entire shop is with me.

I will return to the studio mid July and will reactivate the shop once more. Now for those of you who are attending Denver Comic Con, here's a run down of the show!

What you'll find at the Kamakru booth in the artist valley #G15

  • NEW! Limitedimited edition stretched canvas prints, ready to hang - low quantities
  • NEW! Limited edition metallic prints, matted & mounted - low quantities
  • NEW! Gaming playmats, 7 designs to choose from
  • Zippered pouches including many new designs
  • Extra-large tapestries and scroll-style tapestries
  • Large selection of easy to frame prints
  • A selection of small sketch original dragons

Below is a photo of last year's DCC booth, so you know what to look for. I hope to see you there!

 

Temporary shop closure through January 31st

Traveling

I was presented with a rare opportunity to travel to Iceland and Switzerland that I could not pass up! I feel that although this will set back the timeline in the Ink & Coffee series, it will in turn offer the chance to collect amazing photos and experiences which will only enhance future artworks.

Internet access may be very limited, but when able any updates will be posted to Twitter @Kamakru

The shop will remain offline until January 31st when I return and any orders placed before January 17th will be sent out before I depart. 

- Katie

 

Official Shop (NEW) vs. Etsy shop, and why it's 'closing'.

Why the Switch?

There comes a time when in order to take a step forward in my art and my business, I need to take a close look at where my energies are going and how it impacts not just me but also those who support me by purchasing my work. 

To keep it short and sweet, Etsy has changed over the last couple years and so has the shape of my business - and the two don't fit very well together any more. By creating this website along with an official shop I can start offering my art and products in ways that I can't with Etsy. 

As of now, Etsy will no longer get new products listed in that shop. As products expire I won't re-list them except for a select few items (which will be available here as well).

What you can expect to see in this shop:

  • NEW!  Limited Edition Giclée fine art prints (None have been released yet)
  • NEW!  Blank greeting card singles and packs
  • Original art
  • All art books including printed calendars
  • Giant printed tapestries
  • Printed bags such as the small zippered pouches and cross-body bags when available
  • Mouse Pads and in the future gaming playmats
  • Any and all other future art products and new releases

I am very excited about these changes and look forward to all the exiting new things that 2017 will bring!

- Katie