Design Work, Greeting Cards, Project Updates

katesartz – Final Logo and Site Updates!!

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a nice weekend! I thought I’d share the final look of my logo and for some updates!

Firstly, the logo. I posted here, and on my Insta, some logo ideas for my “branding” of katesartz – for my greeting card line, design work, social sites, online store fronts, etc. And gathered opinions and thoughts of not only my followers but my own, and decided to basically combine the first two ideas I had. So now, it looks like this:

This is the watercolour version , scanned and edited for web. I decided to go with three pedals for simplicity, and it looks much cleaner. The stem has a brush to represent painting and artistic tools. I chose to have cooler colours (purples, blues, greens) because it has a more calming, welcoming effect and purple looks nice (imo) with greens!
You’ve probably noticed my profile logo and banner for my sites have been updated to this.

For fun, I also did a digital version:

I was originally actually going to use the digital version for my branding, but thought it doesn’t feel fit with the theme and designs and method of my watercolor work. It also looks “too clean” and doesn’t look “by hand”. The only thing I’m using it for so far is my site icon that can be seen on the upper browser tabs upon viewing my actual site. It looks so small anyway that at first glance it just looks like the watercolour version!

As for other updates, I revamped my site so it’s a little more organized and friendly for tablet, phone, and desktop viewing. The menus on the top now have drop down menus for the categories I originally had on the side panels. My ‘About’ page has been updated too, take a look if you want, as periodically there will be an update on my Projects List!

My cards are almost done too, pretty soon my Redbubble will open!

So, quick note, that Redbubble for now will be the only option until I open others. This year is the year of experimenting and trying out different websites and methods for printing. I decided to do POD (print on demand) based stores for now because it’s a little less stress and easier that I don’t have to worry about the printing, shipping, handling, deliveries, etcetc all myself. (Unless, of course, I buy my own cards in bulk and sell them in person, which would still work at markets and craft shows!) Plus it’s a good start and fairly easy to do – if anyone is thinking of setting up an online store, I’d suggest a POD site to start with. I can’t say which one I prefer yet though!

(c) Kate Schultz 2019

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Design Work

Colour Series 3 – Secondary Colours Flowers

A set of flower designs based on the secondary colours of the wheel – Green, Orange, Purple. You’d probably think I would start with the primary colours, right? Well, haha, the way my brain works, apparantly not! However, these three were actually supposed to be early designs for another floral project ( as per Colour Series )I had started initially last Fall, 2018. That particular project will be posted within the next month.

The flowers’ colours correspond with colours that match the flower types:

The green one was supposed to be based on a green star gladiolus but I got a little carried away I crossbred geraniums and peonies and probably other things. I honestly I had no idea there were actually more green flowers than we think!

The orange is two tiger lillies.

And the purple is three daisies… I think. I unfortunately forgot to label it way back, oops! But they do look like purple daisies don’t they?

All three of these were the original designs of another project that will be posted soon of a Floral Wheel, because of consistency.

These have been posted on my Instagram:

Green can be found here.

I was super slow with this, with posts so far apart I confused not only my followers but myself! It’s so easy to get caught up in multiple projects and intentions and I’ve learned a lot the past year of the what-not-to-dos when running a social outlet like Instagram! *doh!*

Anyway, unlike the Birds I previously posted on here, I did not frame these ones or put them up on any wall or any such. I felt it was insignificant to do so, and they were nice practice rounds.

art work is (c) Kate Schultz 2018 – 2019, art done from Nov. 2018 to Jan 2019

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Illustration February 2019 – Valentines Drawings!

Oh my isn’t this late?! These were my three drawings I did for Valentines Day this year! Better late than never they say!

First top image: A pair of sloths, one sharing a heart-shaped box (of chocolates?) with their interest.

Bottom left image: A pair of mice, sharing a heart shaped cheese!

Bottom right image: A pig couple, with the “cool glasses” pig giving the female some roses.

They actually might make cute little valentines cards if I write some ‘Valentine’ line of some sort. My fave is the one with the mice!

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Design Work

Colour Series 2 – A Colourful Bird Wheel

As part of my Colour Series that I introduced in this post here, my first subjects were birds of various kinds with the respected colour that matched it.  So the image above is the for-web version of it, but the pictures are actually “framed” on my wall. Check out the details below.

The references were just various random photos I found of the birds on the internet. They are as followed:
From top left to bottom right:

Green: Parakeet
Yellow: Wilson’s Warbler
Orange: Western Tanager
Blue: Mountain Bluebird
Purple: Purple Honeycreeper
Red: Cardinal

Each bird was done separately on pieces of scrap paper:

So then I grouped them for fun (primary group, secondary group, colourwheel):

Then they were trimmed:

Then glued to some black construction paper as the “frame”:

And finally this is what it looks like framed! (No picture yet of it on my wall, that’s coming in a bit in another post!)

So…It wasn’t a huge deal, but I did miscalculate and goofed with some of the sizes of the boxes for the birds. That’s why it’s not “evenly spread out” and some random black spaces can be seen. I just wanted it set up as a six-boxed wheel with the main colours, so the point was made! Next time I do this for 2019, it’ll be better! This was just a practice round. Hope you enjoyed looking!

The original posts can be found off my Instagram. The birds were done around roughly October – November 2018, with the framing and rest of the project in February – March 2019.

(c) Kate S 2018-2019

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Design Work, Project Updates

Logo ideas for katesartz

Hi everyone! Firstly, sorry there hasn’t been a post for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing lots of editing and preparing my cards and designs and lost track of the dates! It’s Spring already??!

Anyway I wanted everyone’s opinions/votes on what logo I should use for myself for my online stores, sites, image, etcetc. I might combine, I’m not sure. I posted this as well on my Instagram in case you missed it.

Please comment and let me know which one you’d want to see! Also, I may or may not change the colours, it’s the design I was looking for!


Happy Spring!!

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Dino Series 5: The Hunting Coelyphysis

Got another Dinosaur here to post! It’s been a while again, these guys just keep lingering on and on…

Coelyphysis were on of the earliest known dinosaurs to have lived, usually competing with other hungry meat eaters and beating them to their prey. They were super fast and agile creatures, with strong thickly muscled legs. Interestingly enough whenever a fossil is discovered of these guys, their skeletons are never 100% similar to one another. Some are bigger than others.

When I first discovered the Coelyphysis in a dinosaur book I thought, ‘Woah, they sort of look and act like Velociraptors! Though perhaps the latter might have been more intelligent. When they are depicted in illustrations, I found that there were many colours picked for their skin and for some reason I thought the yellowish tones made more sense. Who knows what colour they were. The point was to make them look like they are on a hunt.

(c) Kate S.


Sketchbook Collection 8 – The Rest of 2018

Oh-kay! Here we got the rest of my 2018 sketches – at least, out of the good ones! Of course, these could be considered more than just sketches and in fact they are as such:

From top left to bottom right:
First one, the owl, was actually painted, unpictured and will be posting soon!
The sloth hanging upside down was sketched, then the finished copy you see is outlined in black pen!
The next one is a rockhopper penguin, using dried colour pencils.
And the last one is a lineart of a moose, in which, if anyone follows my Insta is currently being painted!

and that’s it for my sketchbook from 2018 and for a while more since I am focusing on my cards and design work for a while! thanks for looking!

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