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Animation. Illustration. Chalk Art. Video Games.
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"Barn Owl"
6x6’ on pavement
Hudson Valley Chalk Festival in New Paltz, NY

This was an original composition. The outstanding owl reference photo was by Fred Dunn, and was used under a Creative Commons license.

Child of Light’s Aurora in a fun painting experiment in Photoshop.Thanks to those who stopped by the streams  
Hope to do some more soon!
KB

Child of Light’s Aurora in a fun painting experiment in Photoshop.
Thanks to those who stopped by the streams  

Hope to do some more soon!

KB

Trying out this Sketch Dailies thing! Wee!

Trying out this Sketch Dailies thing! Wee!

WOW TUMBLR, it’s been awhile… again.

But, I have a great excuse this time. I got a new job! I moved from Tampa to New York! Spring is here! Craziness!

Before departing from good ol’ Tampa, FL I did complete another chalk festival, Lakeland’s own Chalk for Charity 2014! Sponsors bought us artists some street squares, and the proceeds went towards the Lakeland Knights of Columbus Global Wheelchair Mission and The Lakeland Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. I was fortunate enough to get paired with, well… a “pair of docs” who love to homebrew, aka Pairadox Brewery! This let me exercise my desire to share drawings of drunk birds with the world.

This festival presented quite a challenge, it was my first “solo” chalk without my buddy/mentor, it was a one-day event and also… soaking wet! The chalk quickly became sludgey and gross, and even tempera paint never seemed to dry. Working with small brushes helped to solve this after working up enough sludge to kind of “sculpt” it. I’m very lucky that this bird was mostly grey, because all the colors seemed to blend into a muddy lifeless goo anyway. :P

Enjoy! I’ll be chalking next in Riverhead, NY at the end of May. 

KB

Started as a warm-up sketch, but finished it anyway.
Oh Pokébirds, you are the cutest. I have a Chatot on my Y team, and he regularly screams my enemies to dust. Art imitating life.
Rex assumes this position on my keyboard often, so he made for a good model.
KB

Started as a warm-up sketch, but finished it anyway.

Oh Pokébirds, you are the cutest. I have a Chatot on my Y team, and he regularly screams my enemies to dust. Art imitating life.

Rex assumes this position on my keyboard often, so he made for a good model.

KB

"Beautiful Swimmer"
Original photo by Damon Fodge
Chalk Reproduction by Katie Better
Suncoast Arts Fest 2014 - First Place


Phew! Suncoast Arts Fest is in the can! This was one helluva fun piece to make. Lots of bright colors and a heavy dose of home state pride.

Blue crabs are an important symbol, not just of Maryland, but also the dire need of preserving the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s delicate ecosystems. While incredibly delicious, these creatures are also beautiful and mysterious. Much is still unknown about the life of a blue crab, especially due to the unique, and changing, salt and freshwater chemistry of the Bay itself, which is a big reason why farming them is next to impossible. So get your shit together and help heal the Bay everyone!
(To learn more, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's website!)

Thank you again to Damon Fodge for letting me work off of his wonderful crab photograph.

Special thanks to BK Lyons for teaching me about the wonders of brushes on chalk. She saved my butt when it came to tackling that intimidating wood grain, haha.

Time now to pop some Advil, and get to work planning for the next festival! :)

KB

If you are in the Tampa Bay area this weekend, I’ll be chalkin’ away at the The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel for the 2014 Suncoast Arts Fest. Stop by and help promote and support arts education! Woo hoo!

I’ll be reproducing this lovely sook (that’s a she-crab) photo by @DamonFodge in chalk and reppin’ my home state of Maryland!

Watch my Twitter @somethingbetter​ for process pictures throughout Saturday and Sunday.

KB