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Swan song Anthology

I have finally finished a watercolour 5 page comic for the Cloudscape Swan Song Anthology. Gosh! it was brutal having to paint such large pages (14”x14”), but the final book is expected to be 12×12, to mimic a vinyl record sleeve. The pages are full watercolour on Fabriano SP watercolour paper.

The Cryptid Project: Ravings from a Skeptical Believer

I have been designing Cryptids for my next book project, more information and sketches will be available soon, first to see them will be Patreons. I have had a strong interest in cryptozoology and my scientific and rational mind often conflicts with my sense of adventure, so this should be interesting.

  Aside from those, I have other projects in mind, but I need to learn to focus on one project. You’ll see little sneak peeks of these on Patreon.

 

 

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I’ve finished my school (Diploma in Veterinary Assisting, woo day job.) so now I’m back to just working full time and can dedicate my days off back to my kitties and of course, Hello, Albertosaurus.

It’s actually pretty close to wrapping up so I’m hoping to get this done fairly quickly and have at least a rough print sample for next Vancaf in May 2018. At that point we will also have our Kickstarter to cover the printing cost. If you’re a patron at certain levels on our Patreon you will be getting one of the first copies already.

At this point we are about ⅓ of the way through chapter 7, then chapter 8 is a short chapter then it’s done.

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Sixtember is something new that was developed in a conversation with Siobhan. We were lamenting the lack of art challenges for September and wanted something link Inktober and sketchvember but with a little less structure as a warm up. #Sixtember was Siobhans idea to do Six minute sketches every day.  We were very surprised to see so many people start doing it right off the bat! It’s been really fun. We’re going to keep this up every year from now on 🙂

Gurukitty Studios wants to thank our Patreons for their continued support

Patreon Update:
We made a change to Patreon. Instead of Patrons getting the comic pages 1 day in advance they see the pages 1 week in advance of the public. There are also some perks like seeing a 2 page spread as one image instead of split on 2.

Hello, Albertosaurus is going to take up significant amounts of our time in the next year but Patreons will be able to see our progress. After Hello, Albertosaurus I will start announcing more ongoing projects. I just gotta Focus.

Aerial Escape is now available in full for “Secret comic pages Tier” Patreons.

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Sixtember

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We all know Inktober and Sketchvember are coming up and I love those challenges. I’m always gearing up for it all through the Summer and doodling aimlessly until then. I began to feel like we need something in September because Summer is winding down, the cool weather is starting (Here, anyway!) and its when I feel most inspired. It seems like a good time to do some warm up art leading up to the other challenge months. Chatting with my friend Sio about it, that’s how Siobhan came up with the idea for Sixtember. So that’s what we are going to do this year! A drawing a day taking 6 minutes each. you’ll see our posts start showing up in our Instagram @gurukittystudios and you can also follow Siobhans posts on her instagram @Sio.Smith !

Want to join in? Just take a drawing as far as you can for 6 minutes then post it with hashtag #sixtember and/or #sixtember2017.

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Hi Everyone,

I am working on a new comic project involving cryptids and folk lore and was interested in getting some information from you about your opinions on some cryptids to include in my comic.

I’m case you don’t know, a cryptid is a creature that has yet to be proven to exist, and Cryptozoology is the study of those creatures and attempting to prove or disprove their existence.  Before you laugh that off as just goofy pseudoscience remember that the okapi was once a cryptid. The okapi was described to white people by native people in Africa and was considered a myth (by white people) until it was seen by and properly described and classified into the current system, the Linnaeus system. To be fair that system is a long process, involving a lot of research that needs to be peer reviewed before being accepted, so it’s a good system.

So, having said that, I pose these questions, is it possible some of these creatures exist? Are they a new species, or just mistaken identity? What is your general opinion on the cryptids I will be listing below?
I would like a variety of quotes from people who are skeptics and believers.

PLEASE NOTE: Your comments on this issue may end up in my final book (credited to you, of course…if you want), as quotes, so try and limit your answers to a kind of sound bite type response, or be aware that I may only use a portion of your answer. Not all responses will make it in, if you don’t want your quote used in a book, then please don’t respond to this. Responses to this article will be considered permission to use your response as I see fit in my weird little comic.

Cryptids in question:

Sasquatch/Bigfoot
Jersey Devil
Flatwoods monster
Ogogpogo/Loch Ness
Chupacabra
Bunyip
Kraken
Caddy
Yeti
Kappa
Mothman
Wendigo

You don’t need to provide an opinion on all, just ones you have an opinion on.jacko copy

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Vancaf 2017

We will be exhibiting at Vancaf this year

selling our usual stuff but also some new things, prints and some new products…

Vancaf will be open to the public
Saturday May 20, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday May 21, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

and the location is fairly easy to get to by public transit
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Take the Canada line to the Roundhouse station and it’s across the intersection

Our booth is L7 in the gym

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Fan Expo 2016

Fan Expo Vancouver is almost here! Gurukitty Studios is there with a couple of trial items, we’re testing some products to see if they’re something we should pursue in the future!

So we’re Booth A33 in the artist alley.

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In other news, just a quick note, I’ve added a second size at a lower price point to my pet portrait commissions! You can now get what is essentially a School photo style portrait of your pets. I’ll have some examples up shortly.

You’ll also notice some other stuff up on our etsy, Check out Jeri’s paintings up there too!   Heck you should just go follow our Etsy Shop! We’re experimenting and slowly building it up to be our main source of selling our stuff so its worth watching out if you want to get any future products from us. 🙂

 

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Inktober 2016

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This year we will be doing more random work, not such a strict theme like last year, but I (Jeri) am going to do some prehistoric animals and plants with some inky flourishes.  You can see the images below, as well as on Instagram and Facebook. Feel free to make any suggestions or comments  in the comment section below.

 

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Production Notes 5

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A quick note to everyone: Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement! We appreciate everything you do to help us be successful, especially our invaluable Patreons!

Hello, Albertosaurus

Viddies

I’m back to work on this, so sorry for the delay. We’ve had some rough times, I tell ya. It all started last summer with my illness, it seemed like each time I recovered from something life would take me for a ride again. The latest being the loss of my beloved Cat after 16 years, Viddies. <3 I will never recover from this loss but I will learn to pick myself up. I’ve started sketching pages and the layouts need a lot of work. Then I can work on the re-lettering and the formatting for print.

 

Rest in Seas

I completed and posted Rest In Seas, My Collaboration with Greg Thelen. I think it turned out really nice and it looks really pleasing. One of my favourite ones I’ve ever worked on. Thank you, Greg, for such an awesome experience!

 

Pet Portraits & Illustrations

My Pet Portraits have been going very well! I look forward to more orders! They’ve been a big hit as gifts for friends and memorials. I’ve found these cute little illustrations just work for me very well and I’m also doing more illustrations like these of wildlife and scenery. Soon I should have some fresh artwork for conventions. One of them is already on Redbubble as merchandise! I also have an instagram set up Just for my Pet Portraits if you want to follow them!

 

Etsy


As many have Noticed, I have an Etsy shop set up to use for commissions rather than through our website. I did this to get more traffic but also to sell and list other little items that don’t really fit into the Gurukitty website really, or are one of a kind pieces. More is coming soon as our Patrons know already, and Vancaf attendee’s had an opportunity to purchase. I’m just working out some logistics and making enough stock to start off. Soon!

 

Canada Post

There is currently a dispute in Canada Post that may or May not (?) disrupt Shipments to and from canada. We will do our best to ship though alternative services but at this point that is fairly limited and would cost significantly more. We will be sure to update as things progress.

 

 

 

 

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Bones of the Coast: The Shining one


The final comic has been shipped off to the editors and after only one minor edit (Unheard of) the comic will be complete! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that that comic will be out of my life, it was quite a rocky adventure. Patreons will be able to read it early this week after the final edits are complete.

 

Illustrations


I had just completed a painting of a cecaelia and I used iridescent acrylic as hair to make it super shiny and sparkly, however that presents some challenges with making prints. I am thinking of making some limited edition prints on rag paper and painting in the hair with that same silvery shiny paint. It would be VERY labour intensive and so there would be a very limited number of them. Regular prints do look cool still too, so they will appear in the shop soon but are already available on redbubble as a lot of cool things!

Commissions


I have opened up commissions now that that comic project is done. I’m hoping for some nice challenges and new ideas to bring to life for people who have a love of tangible real-life artwork.

Website

We have been working away on the Gurukitty Website behind the scenes a bit, and you may notice the menu changing a bit, products slowly being added to the shop and pages popping up. We are working on condensing even further and getting rid of the StoreEnvy shop, keeping everything contained. Our website has a lot of functions and adorable things we can do with it that we just haven’t had time to fully explore.  We will keep our redbubble shop as it has some awesome products we would never be able to manufacture and sell on our own.

Daqueran


Now that the Bones of the Coast comic is complete, i will begin work on Daqueran again, as promised. There is a bit of unfun script and layout work to be done before any pages will be showing up, but it will be done. I just need to finish a couple illustrations for a series first and maybe make a nice fancy Daqueran Illustration to re-acquaint myself with the characters.

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VanCaf 2016

 

 

It’s that time of year again, VANCAF is this weekend and of course we will be selling our stuff there. We will have most of our usual stuff (minus out of print books) but we also have new art prints and will have some cute new things this year to try out.

 

VANCAF is on May 21-22 2016 Sat. 10am-6pm Sun. 11am-5pm  at 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, BC. We  are going to be in Hall 1 at Booth F8 and we will both be there both days!

SEE YOU THERE!VanCAF 2016 Floor Map

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Rest in Seas

Last year Greg Thelen and I joined forces to submit a story for Cloudscapes Bones of the Coast Anthology. Unfortunately, we were rejected however we decided we liked the story and we were going to create the comic anyway. Well, after much waiting (For me) and anticipation it is finally complete! I think it turned out amazing and I hope you enjoy it.
If you do enjoy our  work, please consider becoming a Patron.

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Production Notes 4

 

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Inktober is over, and I have a bunch of ink draws that I decided to do something with. I’ve decided that since these adult colouring books are all the rage right now, I might as well try it out. I have selected several of the images from inktober 2015 and made them into an adult Colouring book.  

Epic Canadiana 2

We got to see the printed copies of the Epic Canadiana #2 that was being published by Cloudscape Comics, and it looks great! As soon as it is avaiable to the public, we will let you know. I have 3 credits in 3 different stories in that one, I illustrated some of the Ghost Woman comic, I lettered Jayleens comic, and I inked another story in there. It’s been a busy year.

Bones of the Coast

Currently, I am illustrating a story for another Cloudscape anthology, patreons are seeing some sneaky peeks of the characters and process and the rest of you will be seeing some early next year.

2016

With a new Year coming up fast, I plan on spending more time on some of my personal projects such as the Gourd Wife, Finishing Daqueran and the Extinct Animals art book.

 

 

 

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Inktober

Inktober was great! I was in a huge slump, wasn’t really feeling like anything but forcing myself to draw a picture every day, whether I liked it or not, pulled me right out of that horrible hole and now I’m in a big new wave of creativity! I’m in love with the hominid cryptids I did and was actually a little sad when some of them sold, or were raffled away. Very grateful for the sales and that people will be enjoying them, though. I think a few of the remaining ones will be framed and hung up on my wall.

Hello, Albertosaurus

Hello, Albertosaurus has has a few pages here and there with some loose interpretations of “weekly” updates. I’m actually out of pre- layouted pages and am finding that the final chapters need some work. I’ll probably continue to have spotty or floating updates as I sort that out but actually, we are nearing the end of this story. bear with me while I pull it together and also work through some other paid work. (see below)

Rest in Seas

The comic I was working on for Halloween has been postponed until March. I had too much going on at the time (and now) to manage to pull that one off well. It’ll be done by April.

Pop Up Pet Shoppe

I’ll be selling some adorable paintings of pets (cats and dogs) at the Pop Up Pet Shoppe in New Westminster on December 12th and 13th. Come down and get some original art work, and treats for your pets. There is even photos with Santa. I may be there on the Sunday, if you want to come say hi! I have to dedicate a fair amount of time to producing art for this event which is why the Hello, Alberto updates are spotty.

Pet Portraits

On that note, I have also opened up Commissions of Pet Portraits!(the link is permanently under “shop” in the menu) I think they make a lovely personalized Christmas gift for pet lovers in your life. If you’d like to have them mailed to you by Christmas you should order now! I’ll be leaving them open for a while as we are raising money to send sister Jeri to Veterinary Technician school. When my schedule gets overwhelming I turn off the commissions though so get them while you can.

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