Painting Collection

I’ve been doing stuff, I swear! Here’s some paintings I’ve done the last few months!

From top left to bottom right:
Lighthouse at Sunrise
Orange Flowerfields
Ship through a Storm
Forest River

The only one I used a “reference” for was the Ship one, only for a ship wreck. Otherwise everything else about all these paintings are somehow from my head. I might also be inspired by my Van Gogh calender right next to me!

All done with acrylics on canvas. Can’t say how long because they were in steps due to time constraints. I have a goal of a once-a-month painting and so far it’s been good! Missed June though, oops! Sorry if it’s not “high res” but I hate storing, uploading, keeping, etcetc large photos than necessary. These paintings are actually on small canvases too to save space in my room. I hate overly large canvas, yikes.

All four of these can be found on my instagram @katesartz. I tend to update that more than here now so go follow me if you haven’t already. I include WIPs, random nature (and food!) photos and step by steps, and also my card designs. I’ll get around to posting those soon too.

I also have these two things to share:

What are these? These are just me experimenting with left over paint I may have had after doing those guys above. The left one looks like some flower in a sun-like pattern, and the right one is some baby lizard…thing. I really don’t know what was on my brain at the time.

Anyway sorry for lack of updates and posts, been busy with things. Working on a Portfolio and reel, hoping to be done all that by end of summer. I’ll link my “Industry Standard Portfolio Website” when it’s done.

Hope everyone’s having a decent summer, and stay cool!

– Kate S. 2018


A Blast to the Past – Watercolor Backgrounds

I’ve recently dug into my files on my back up drives and found these gems, some stuff I used to do during college to pass time or free my mind from stress.

I miss doing this and hoping to pick this up again three+ years later, but thought I’d share this with you all so they aren’t collecting dust.

I used to put these on my old Tumblr, in case any of you happen to recognize them from there. (No, I no longer use Tumblr right now, sorry folks!)


From Line to Paint – Birds with Compound Names

Here’s another set of ‘from line to paint’ works that I completed recently! All of them were finished in watercolor pencils.




What’s a compound name?
A name that has two compounded words together. So, I took it literally.
I’ll do more animals like this in the future!

(side note: added a grey border, and took off my wordpress watermark so I can use the same images for my portfolio website. prepare for more grey borders!)

(c) Kate S. 2018

Storybook Illustrations

The Ancient Fish – Coelacanths

My next illustration to be added to be Dinosaur Collection: This time it’s a trio of Coelacanths hunting for smaller fish.

The Coelacanth are a order of ancient swimming fish dating back more than four hundred million years! That’s a looong time! Usually depicted as being nearly a living fossil in itself – with hard scales, strong bone and flexible muscles – these large fish are so rare, only two species are apparantly left, probably dwelling in the darkest pits of the ocean.

In this illustration, I depicted them being more agile and flexible, and the dominant fish type millions of year ago that little fish probably avoided to be eaten by. And so, this trio is in a hunt party, with one really getting into it, and the two on the right wondering if their friend will catch any. Ether or not they were fast down there, we’ll never know. But it’s fun to come up with different scenarios for them. I know fish sometimes can be boring, but this is what the creative mind is for! I even gave them a blue, purple tint to their scales.

(c) Kate S.

Sketchbook Drawings

Sketchbook Drawings – Week 2

A collection of four more of sketchbook drawings, apologizes for missing an upload last week! But this makes up for it… right? šŸ˜‰

Featuring from top left to bottom right:
Koala Bear, Bald Eagle, Sloth, Jaguar

(c) Kate S.

Sketchbook Drawings

Sketchbook Drawings – Week 1

Here’s the start of a weekly posting of some sketchbook drawings I’ll share with you, the amount in the post depends on how much I’ve done in the week, but I want at least two drawings per week.

(Please don’t mind the watermark label dressing to this site, I will post this stuff to other sites soon so I’m watermarking my url to my main art blog, which is of course this one.)
This batch is actually random ‘best of’ sketches or lineworks from the past two years. Unfortunately during 2016 I didn’t get a lot of drawing in due to circumstances, and it was a little better in 2017 but now I’ll be coming back at it in 2018, so stay tuned for more sketchbook drawings! (and no, they all won’t be animals!)

Also if one is curious, you can take a look at my OLD Tumblr (I mean like, college days and no, I do not post on Tumblr anymore) and peek at what type of stuff I used to draw, and was more frequently. There was at one point in college that we had to draw every single day of a semester for one of our drawing classes (of course, with our busy schedules that wasn’t always the case!) but I came pretty darn close. Some of them on my Tumblr is from that classes challenge.

I’d love to challenge myself like that again. Some day soon.

(c) Kate S. 2018


From Line to Paint Works

Hello, happy Tuesday!
Here’sĀ  a collection of works that started from line work to paint work:

This first one, a dinosaur fish I created from my silly brain, was finished with watercolours

This second one depicting kids on a turtle back was also finished in watercolors. This can also be found on an older post of mine on my cartoon blog as part of an old story idea collection.

This third one is of a furry seahorse. Because why not? Finished digitally.

And finally, this fourth one is of a hummingbird, finished with crayons

(c) Kate S. 2018