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Hey all!

It's been quite a while and--as per usual--a very hectic few months. The seasons are changing and so I've been getting a little sick here and there, I also did some traveling to visit friends and family, NYCC happened up here in New York and it nearly broke me for two weeks straight, I'm still working hard on my new project for Oni Press, and lastly I still have my great full-time job at comiXology, which brings me to my next point:

Our great HR team as well as our executives have spent quite a bit of time updating our employee handbook and have implemented a few new policies. So from here I'm going to be including a wee disclaimer at the bottom of my journals that goes a little something like this, "The views expressed here on this personal page and in comments throughout DeviantArt are the opinions of Kate Kasenow and do not represent the views and opinions of comiXology. Please direct all questions on the subject of comiXology to its business website: www.comixology.com"

Basically guys, this is a site for my art and my art alone, so take questions about comiXology to the comiXology site and we'll all be much better for it!

Thanks!
--Kate

PS. Sorry I don't have any new art to accompany this rather heavy message--but I'm still in the early production stages for my book and a lot of it isn't ripe for sharing just yet. Between work and work and trying to have a personal life, I don't get much time for fun stuff, but soon as I have something to show I will definitely show it! That being said, I have a rather huge chunk of stuff from my sketchbook that will be uploaded tonight, so keep an eye on my sketchblog (katekaz.blogspot.com) and my tumblr (katekaz.tumblr.com) for updates of a sketchy nature!
Hey all!

Man I've gotten a huge influx of followers recently so thank you--all of you!--for watching! You guys are seriously awesome :)

In other news, I recently moved apartments (still in Manhattan, but I've shifted from 211th street to 112th street) and everything is just now starting to get back to normal--meaning that my work space is...well, somewhat put together. The table is set up, but all of my supplies are still in boxes. Anyhow, I will be needing it soon as I am officially starting work on my book for Oni Press. Just got the approved scripts in my inbox and am starting the first sketches--excitement! You can see some of my preliminary work in my professional projects folder! I'm also still working at comiXology (comixology.com)--which is seriously the best place to work, guys, everyone there is fun to work with and really cares about comics. It's a truly inspirational environment to be in as a professional comics lover and an artist!

Now I now a lot of you have been primarily drawn here because of my work with the Silmarillion, so I'd like to clarify a few things. First of all, yes! I am still working on the project in the spare time I have, but as those first twenty pages were completed solely for my thesis, I decided that if I actually wanted to tackle the whole book I should get back to basics and finish a script first. That's where I am. I have a beat outline of the whole book. I have highlighted the words of Tolkien I would like to keep in a script. I am now working on constructing a new script of the whole book. This means there probably won't be any new artwork to show for a little while yet, but...Second, I have started some early sketches of the vast array of characters from the book--mainly in the form of family trees. Those are still trapped in my sketchbook, but will soon be put up on my sketchblog (katekaz.blogspot.com) for you all to take a look at :)

There it is--my life at the moment! Thanks again, all of you, for taking the time to look at and appreciate my work. You keep this party going so rock on!

LOVE,
--Kate
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YUP! I gots a new job as a digital editor at the amazing offices of comiXology! Seriously guys, everyone there is cool and nice and awesome and I love it--I am lucky to get to go there and work with them every business day of the week :)

In other news, yes I'm still working on multiple graphic novel projects and yes I did just post some new original art in my gallery. I had brief window of time over the weekend when I was able to relax and just have some fun in Photoshop for once. More to come--so keep your eyes peeled! Also, don't forget to visit my tumblr (katekaz.tumblr.com) and my sketchblog (katekaz.blogspot.com) to see more about my process and my sketchbook (respectively!)

LOVE,
--Kate
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My gosh has it been a long time...

Anywho, to whom it may concern, I will no longer be offering commissions. Freelance work and new graphic novel projects have taken hold of my life and I just don't have the time anymore. Thank you to all of those who commissioned me--and thanks especially for your mind-blowing patience. You guys rock!

I will have a more elaborate update (hopefully) later today after I've chatted with some folks about things. For now, enjoy the two new commissioned pieces and expect some new art to come in the not-so-distant future!

--Kate
Here we are again. I've got my hand in a lot of honey pots right now, so I'll be quick. Commissions are still open, I'm no longer under the delusion that any sort of list I make is going to fill up, so basically commissions will stay open til I don't feel like doing them anymore. All you have to do is note me or email me to get started and we'll talk the process through from there.

Without further adieu, prices are still:

$10 Pencil drawings!
$20 Finished inks!
$25 Full colors!



LOVE,
-Kate



PS. If your coming to the website from outside Deviant Art--you don't have to join to get in touch with me! Just email me at kate.e.kaz@gmail.com!
Would anyone out there be interested in commission(s) from yours truly? Firstly, I need something artastic to do. Second, I do like dollars--especially since New York seems to require a lot of them. Anyway, I'm not officially opening any spots yet. I'm just trying to gauge interest.

For the record, I really would like there to be interest :)

Send me your thoughts!

--Kate
We are in our apartment now, but still knee-deep in settling in. There will be no internet until Tuesday, but I'll be finishing setting up my artspace tonight! After that I just have to start drawing again :)

In the mean time here's a little something I drew a while ago for a new project I'm working on--keep an eye out for more!

With love from New York,
--Kate
We got approved for our NYC apartment! Yay!

Also, thanks to whomever provided me with the year-long subscription! Awfully nice of you and I'm definitely enjoying it thus far!

Hopefully I'll be able to get back to posting artwork late next week since we should be getting into the apartment fairly soon.


See you then!

-Kate
Quite the contrary--I am alive and kicking in Connecticut right now while we wait to be approved for an apartment in NYC. I haven't been able to do much artworking, what with all the craziness of shifting my life from the south to the north, and I won't have access to a scanner again until we can actually get mine set up in the new place. All in all, it may be a while folks, but I'm still around--just trying to get life sorted first :)

Catch you cool cats on the flip side,

-Kate
Okay... so my move to New York is becoming very real now as our July 15 deadline approaches. Add to that the fact that I will be in Indiana with my family the week before the boyfriend and I are set to move, and that means I basically have to finish packing before I head to Indiana. That means this week. I have to finish packing my life into boxes THIS WEEK.

So, what does this mean for you, my lovely viewers?

Well, firstly, I won't be able to work on the remaining letters until I actually get to Indiana and will have a bit of time on my hands. Once there, I'll get them done fast as I can and spam you with them :)

Secondly, and probably the most importantly, I probably won't be updating with new, finished artwork for a little while...namely until I've settled into the new place and found a job. Hopefully, that will be sooner rather than later as I'm already applying to a few positions at art schools in NY.

Now, that being said, I still plan on updating my sketchblog regularly (every Sunday!) so please check it out here: katekaz.blogspot.com &nbs… fact, I've just updated it with the sketch versions of my Middle-earth painting series. Seriously, go look at it!

I've also spent the past few days putting together a legit portfolio website through blogger, which you can take a gander at here: katekasenow.blogspot.com … you can also see some pages from the two books I've worked on as well as links to places you can purchase them at :)

That's all my news for now--stay cool internet!

--Kate
Look letters!

The rest are still coming... working on them today--pinky promise!



Hey you should grab yourself a copy of my other word/picture combos here: www.onipress.com/title/all-sai… and here: www.amazon.com/Elegy-Amelia-Jo…
HEY

I updated my sketchblog with something funny. Go look at it here: katekaz.blogspot.com/

LOVE,
Kate


PS. I still have a book that needs buyin: www.onipress.com/title/all-sai…


PPS. I actually still have ANOTHER book that needs buying: www.amazon.com/Elegy-Amelia-Jo…
Look at all that spam in your inbox! I promised you new art and there you go :)

On a related note, I'm re-lettering the Silmarillion pages as we speak. The first go was kind of rushed since my thesis and graduation depended on them being done by a certain time.... Anyway, when I get the new and awesome letters all done, you'll be the first to know. For now, enjoy the inks--I had a TON of fun doing them.

Also, I've posted the first few pages from a story the boyfriend and I are working on together. He's doing the writing and I'm making the pretty pictures. It's been an interesting experience thus far and there'll will be more pages to post in the very near future :)   Do let me know what you think of the pages posted however as this is a serious project we're trying to shop around.... We want to make sure it's as awesome as possible.

That's all I got for now... but keep an eye out because I've got my hand in a lot of different projects right now and they're going to end up here sooner rather than later :D


LOVE,
Kate
So, I have these things... these pages... these thesis project pages... that I want to put on here... but they are in a weird sort of stasis as I make some changes and adjustments... so just bear with me a little longer and you will see them. Pinky promise!

Also, in my last epic journal--which is so old it made me cry a little--I mentioned that I had finished working on a second book and it would come out in the spring.... Well dear DA, I apologize for my belatedness but the book is most assuredly out and you can pick it up at the ever-convenient Amazon.com

It is called, "An Elegy for Amelia Johnson"

It is written by the amazingly talented Andrew Rostan and illustrated by fellow SCAD alum Dave Valeza and myself

Aaand it is only $10!

So what are you waiting for? Go get it!

In other belated news: I FINALLY GRADUATED FROM SCAD. Yep. I'm officially an alumni now :D

I leave you now to bask in the glow of all this wondrous news and will return shortly with pages--stay tuned!
A bit belated, but new artwerks have arrived! Last quarter was a bit busy--I finished my second book, set to hit shelves sometime in March, I took two classes, continued working my two jobs, and finally started on the much-dreaded thesis. This is going to be my last quarter at SCAD and boy is it a doozie already. I'm still only taking two classes, but one is all about writing my thesis and the other is all about my thesis project--oi vey!

For those who are unaware, the Sequential Art thesis paper is required to be at least 15 pages long and must be supported by at least 20 pages of artwork. And for those who are even more unaware, my thesis is about the practice of world-building in comics and how to use it to successfully enhance comics-storytelling. My project is the first twenty pages of my adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Silmarillion. That's right. The Silmarillion. I've already started on the pages and I'm pretty darn happy with how they're coming along :)

In other news, my book is still out! You can get a copy here www.onipress.com/titles/h/444! And--bonus--if you're in the Savannah-metropolitan-area on January 29 the other artists and I will be doing a book-signing at Ex Libris bookstore! You can find the poster in my gallery so check it out and come on down to get a copy of the book and have it signed by yours truly as well as the other awesomely talented artists that made it possible!
www.onipress.com/titles/h/444

MY BOOK. IT IS OUT. IT IS COMING TO STORES NEAR YOU. GO GET IT!

Seriously, I'm super excited--the story is fantastic, Dove's art is awesome, and it's my first professionally published work! So if you've got the time and the means, please check it out!
... but I told you so.
New artworks are coming... but my internet at home is finicky at best... so Ima wait until I'm at school tomorrow to post aforementioned artworks... but they're coming and they are sooo epic. You have no idea. Get ready for it.
Oh look, new artwork!

When did that happen?

... no really, I have no idea, when?