Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sorry Mom

t-rex sex

While I was home over Christmas my mom (who is an elementary school teacher) complained that my blog was not very kid-friendly anymore. Sorry mom! The illustrations in this post are definitely not appropriate to look at from work. The piece above was in the Dino Show at the Double Punch Gallery in San Francisco which was organized by Ryan De La Hoz (Thanks Ryan!). I'm not much for drawing dinosaurs so I kind of took it in another direction more palatable to me.

super evil girl

I painted this ultra evil demon girl for my boyfriend for Christmas. He liked it! My mom did not.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Week in Bologna






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"My Week in Bologna" was a personal journal report I made for the Parsons Illustration blog,Words & Pictures, all about my trip to the Bologna Book Fair last March (where I met Frederik Jurk, who I talk about in my journal!). Now it's been printed and made into a real live zine, which will be handed out to prospective students through the university. Pretty cool. Click on the images in this post to read it yourself!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shadow Link

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This is a Zelda piece I did for Cory Schmitz's "The Controller" - a video game art and culture magazine.

I based it on my favorite Zelda game, Ocarina of Time, which I just recently beat (and yes, it came out in 1998, don't hate!). The little fairy in the corner next to Link is Navi, a character that is supposed to act as your helper throughout the game but who is usually just very irritating.

I chose to have Link about to battle Shadow Link, one of the bosses in the game. I love the idea of having to defeat yourself to win!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010

How To Win Her Love


How To Win Her Love
is a book I did illustrations for this summer. It's a super funny, sweet, and charming book by Rudolph Delson, all about how to get the girl of your dreams. Here's what is says on the back cover:

"To adore and be adored by a woman, a woman whose whole body you crave and whose whole spirit you admire, is bliss. And this bliss can easily be yours! You need only have indomitable courage, a comprehending soul, and noble hilarity, virtues that are the ultimate subjects of this short and edifying book. This book will tell you:
  • The spirit in which to begin to love;
  • How to care for yourself in order to be irresistible to women;
  • Where to find the ideal woman for you;
  • How to approach her; and
  • What to say and do so that you may earn and keep her affection forever.

Along the way, you will learn everything you need to know about your duties and pleasures as a lover."

Boys falling in love?! Yes please! Obviously, a book like this was completely up my alley and I was super excited to work on it. Below are a few of my favorite drawings from the book (I'll post all of them on my website very soon). The book is published by The New Haven Review.

Friday, November 5, 2010

commissions and prints!


I've found that I have some more time on my hands now and in the past I've had people ask me about doing work personally for them. Now I'm ready! A commissioned piece could be anything from a portrait of you, you and your significant other, your dog, your mom - you know - anything! I love drawing and painting people the most but if you're familiar with my work you know that I can do pretty much anything else as well.

If you commissioned me, you would receive an original artwork painted by me on professional quality watercolor paper. I generally use gouache, acrylic and colored pencil to do most of my pieces. Pricing would depend on whether you wanted something in full color or black and white, and the size of the piece. E-mail me about it and we can negotiate!

I'm super excited to begin on some of these and will post some of the commissioned work in the coming weeks.

If you're interested in a commissioned piece, please e-mail me at katiecturner@gmail.com!


NOW - I've been asked whether I was going to make prints of my work in the past, particularly my Boyfriend Criteria series, and the answer is YES! I am going to make prints.

But before I set up a store on my website, I'd like to know if there are very many people interested in buying prints of my work, and if so, what pieces? I'm planning on buying a printer and making them myself, so any piece is game. Please let me know if there's anything in particular you would be interested in!

Hope everyone had an awesome Halloween and a good start to your fall. I'll be posting soon about a few shows I've been in recently as well as some sketches and comics about my autumn so far!

Friday, September 17, 2010

playboy playmates




I love looking at vintage Playboy magazines. Lately I've been looking at this tumblr - http://playboymansion.tumblr.com - which has hundreds of cute pictures - and drawing my favorites.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

roller girl

roller girl

I watched Whip It last week, and the next day saw an awesome roller derby illustration by Kali Ciesemier and I HAD to start drawing some derby girls. I think I might go see the Brooklyn Bombshells skate against the Manhattan Mayhem in September!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lolita

Lolita

I'm rereading Lolita this summer.

Monday, August 9, 2010


My Cute Boys illustration is being used on a journal on sale at Barnes and Noble now! Buy it here or in stores.

I'm super pleased with how it turned out! It has a ribbon bookmark, spot gloss, and even cute endpages. The inside is graph paper (my favorite!).

Since this was a school project (through Parsons) I didn't actually get paid, but maybe if enough people buy this Barnes and Noble will hire me again!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

boxer

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

lady godiva

lady godiva

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

make out



I promise I think about things other than sex, boys, and kissing. Just not often.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

kiss me


Friday, June 4, 2010

i can't understand you!



This is a small excerpt from a mini-comic I might finish one day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Endless Prom

A little more than a month ago I got a call from Kim Bost at the New York Times asking me to do an illustration for the Letters op-ed page about some schools having their proms on weeknights because of too much ~PARTYING~. I was super excited and started sketching right away because it was a very tight deadline - due at 5:30 the same day!

Here are my sketches:



They decided to use the #4 with a tweak of adding backpacks to some of the dancers. And this is how the final turned out!


If you'd like, you can read the article here. Thank you to Kim and Aviva at NYT!


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hausu

Hausu

This is an assignment from earlier this year. It was super open - "What I Did Over Winter Break." I thought of the most memorable thing that I did, which was to see the movie Hausu by Nobuhiko Obayashi. It is truly the weirdest, best movie I have ever seen!





ENJOY

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

FREAK SHOW

freak show

My school is doing a project with the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, which is an amazing organization which I suggest you check out!: www.superherosupplies.com/

Basically, there is a store in Brooklyn (right by my old apartment, actually) that sells exclusively superhero (and villain) supplies - anti-matter, masks, capes, invisibility spray, you name it - anything any self-respecting superhero or villain would need. The store is quite small, but behind a secret shelf there is 826NYC, a nonprofit organization that helps young students with their writing.

For this project each of us was assigned a superhero or supervillain that was created by one of the students at 826NYC.

The character I received was FREAK SHOW, a super villain. Freak Show terrorizes the universe! He can shapeshift and get the powers of whatever he turns into, and if he can't, he stabs that thing and eats it. He loves to murder and steal. His parents died when he was a baby. His biggest nemesis is Superman. His lair is at the top of Mt. Everest.

I had a lot of fun with this project. I decided to depict Freak Show getting ready for a night out on the town in his secret lair, or, you know, bedroom. I always love drawing someone in their room or special place because you can tell so much about a character or person by what they keep in their private quarters. I really hope I get to meet the kid that created Freak Show at some point and shake his/her hand!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

teenage fox

teenage fox

My school is participating in a bestiary show for the Bologna Children's Book Fair and some students were asked to pick a beast (real, mythical, something you imagined) and illustrate it. I was reading up on actual old medieval bestiaries, which had a description of a fox that I included with the image. I chose to make the fox into a sort of bad teenager, because teenage boys are the devil.

I'm going to be in Bologna representing my school at the fair from the 22nd to the 27th. I'm super excited!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

time travel

time travel

Sunday, February 28, 2010

BLACK METAL

BLACK METAL

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

THE PERFECT KISS

perfect kiss


Kissing is very important to me. I made this when I was working on my senior thesis.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Constellations

Constellations
Underbelly Printing recently put on a show in San Antonio and Houston called PART MYTH, which featured the work of 19 artists, which they hand printed in their shop. They also bound them all together and sold them as an awesome book, but I think they're sold out.

This is my piece - Road Runner and Watermelon Head from Sugartown (my comic I'm working on!). It's three colors and they did an awesome job printing it - I'm so pleased!

Here is their website - buy things from them!: UNDERBELLY

I just started my last semester at Parsons and I'm super excited to start working on my first Senior Portfolio assignment, which is to create an image based on an experience we had over winter break. I think I'm either going to do something about how I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox four (FOUR) times, or something about the AMAZING Japanese horror film called House I saw last week. So excited!

I just realized that this print matches the banner above my blog exactly. Can you tell what my favorite color is?