Archive for February, 2010

Becoming a doodle

February 26, 2010

I’m often quite silly and act the buffoon.
So I thought it quite fitting to become a cartoon.


We at The Doodle Diner thought it might be fun to
create self portraits using our own styles.

Thanks Candace, for a really fun idea!

Can’t wait to see what the other Doodlers come up with!

Mike R. Baker… I’ll be back

February 24, 2010

dorothy and alice

Sometimes you hit a bump in the road. If you’re lucky, it’s just a bump and will soon pass. That’s what I’m expecting. I have cancer. I have had 2 major operations already. I’m about to have another – a big one. But it could very well cure my cancer – or at the very least, buy me a decade or three. I’m otherwise healthy and strong and living life full-tilt, and the doctors are all positive. I’m confident that I’ll be back at the drawing board and in great health very soon!

So, how has all this work on my health affected my life in art? Well, I’ve drawn only with my daughter for a few months, posting nothing. I look at art and illustration online and been to a few shows. At first, I felt guilty I wasn’t posting art. But, well, when you face the possibilty of death, all you think about is your family and getting better. And that’s okay. Health and love are top priorities… art will have to come third.

Oh, the picture? I just like it. Funny, you do a Google image search for Dorothy and Alice and it comes up first (the theater group that used my image asked permission).

Anyway… here’s a few links of interest for all you artists and art-appreciators.

Pete Emslie on the joy of doodling.

If you’re interested in using Flash to create comics, Gabe of Big Pants Mouse has a great process tutorial.

Mad Magazine cartoonist and caricature artist, Tom Richmond, has a great blog. Check out his tutorials!

“Rad” is a storyboard artist at Dreamworks and he has a great “how-to” blog.

Check out josefskrhola’s photostream on Flickr for some absolutely gorgeous Czech illustrations!

Okay, sorry about the rambling post. Just wanted to catch up a bit. Have a great everything, my friends!

February News…

February 24, 2010

Okay Diners…lots of yummy stuff is in the works in my “kitchen”!  I am only 3 spreads away from completing the illustrations for “Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!” (Sylvan Dell).  Looks like there may be another children’s book to follow this one…fingers and toes are all crossed in anticipation!

There have been lots of great reviews floating around out there for my last illustrated book “Little Black Ant on Park Street” (Soundprints).  However, I don’t actually know anyone who has received their copy yet!  This industry can be so frustrating!

Lastly, my illustrated book “The ABCs of Yoga for Kids” (Stafford House) has now won 5 awards, including a gold medal in the Mom’s Choice Award.  It’s so cool to see foil awards stickers on copies of a book I illustrated…there is now a silver one and a gold one!  The publisher and I are currently working on flashcards as a teaching tool.  I am anticipating more school visits in the springtime, so I am excited about the flashcards.  There will be 56 of them, each showing a yoga pose.

Happy Valentine’s Day – Love, Katpid

February 14, 2010

First Promotional Piece of 2010

February 8, 2010

This is my most recent promotional piece. I am hoping in reigns in a job or two!

One down!

February 1, 2010

Realizing that it’s no longer goal month, I still wanted to kick off February by bragging that I hunkered down and managed to cross one off my list. I finally got my website (mostly) done!

Of course, I still need to fix a few bugs, the portfolio is still in the process of being agonized over overhauled and I need to get myself a domain name, (this is the temp URL), but all in all, I’m pretty thrilled I got this far.

One down and a gazillion to go!

Take a peek, if you’d like.