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Wolverine is cool by Axxerous
Wolverine is cool
Continuing to try and get back into digital art, thought I should draw another favorite.
Grimmjow cardboard standup by Axxerous
Grimmjow cardboard standup
Grimmjow is one of my most favorite characters ever so I decided to make a lifesize standup of him using some cardboard from some moving boxes i had left over after moving!
I hot glued six pieces of cardboard together and drew the outline of him, then cut out the shape, covered the shape with gesso, then I drew the full image and painted him with acrylic!  
Spideypool by Axxerous
I wanted to get back into doing digital art so i decided to start by drawing two of my favorite comic book fools, DEADPOOL AND SPIDER-MAN.


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Kai Shepard
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
United States
I am an artist. I like to make videos. Music is my inspiration.
I do a lot of work with Copic markers, charcoal, and sometimes paint.
I love doing comic book art, inking being my specialty.


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Hey guys!  
Since I have been working on all of my stuff lately, I thought I'd do an update on how the beginning of my plan is going!  What plan you say?  Why, the Seven Year Plan, of course!

Since beginning the whole "draw something every day" part of the plan right after SDCC, I can actually see my skills improving noticeably.  For example, I literally used to just draw a character in a random pose and color it in without any context or background.  There are plenty of those in my gallery...  But now, since I am WAYY more serious about this, I've started planning my art more often, so it has meaning, multiple characters, and a background. 
 My understanding of what a background can do for a piece started when I made my Camaraderie piece as payment for the lawyer who is helping me legally get my assume name, Shepard.  It turned out so well that I have been striving to create things just as amazing or more amazing than it!  I continued on to do a HUGE Attack on Titan piece, because I find the show to be amazing.  Mikasa was my favorite character because I relate to her in some ways, and since I was doing it on a larger board, I decided to make the background full of explosions and Eren as a Titan to show how massive the show is emotionally and visually. 
 As I realized that my love for a certain character/story was the fuel behind the quality of my art, I started my whole "one major piece a month" thing in which I'd pick whatever it was I was most in to at the time to make something from.  That is when I proceeded to make my Arrow piece.  I started watching Arrow because of John Barrowman, and then I just fell in love with all of the other characters.  (Also I adore Stephen Amell now (: ).  Anyway, I ended up being completely in love with Green Arrow in every format, from the show to the comic books.  I had been struggling to find a Green Arrow poster, and I eventually found out that DC hadn't printed any posters in a while.  Therefore, I decided to create my own mini GA poster for my dorm!  That brings me to now on the subject of pieces.
Right now, I am in the middle of coloring a large Castle piece.  After running in to Nathan Fillion at SDCC, I started re-watching Firefly and Dr Horrible, and I finally went and bought the Castle DVDs.  I fell in love with Castle as a show and the characters and of course, NATHAN FILLION.  So yeah, I am almost done with that piece as this month's piece.  

So as you can tell, I'm doing pretty well when it comes to getting my art done.  But something else that is very important happened recently.  I started University!
I am currently sitting in my dorm room typing you this update.  I am attending the University of North Texas where I will be studying Radio, Television, and Film!  I can't really say I like being here though...  I'd rather be off in New York at the School of Visual Arts, but I just simply cannot afford it yet.  The classes here are really great though.  My favorite class so far is Japanese.  I was told that learning Japanese would be hard, but I'm actually really good at it so far!  I made a 97 on my first test!  The people, on the other hand, are a different story.  I can't seem to find people here that I really relate to...  Thankfully, I have a few friends here already.  Also, dorm life is NOT for me.  But I guess I'll survive.

While taking classes for my RTVF major, I also need to be studying art and graphic storytelling to further my plan.  I chose to teach myself along the way.  I have picked up some really helpful books to guide me!
I'm currently studying...
  • Will Eisner's Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative
  • Will Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art
  • Gary Martin's The Art of Comic Book Inking
  • The DC Comics Guide to Inking
  • The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics
  • and Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics
These books have been really helpful in steering me in the right direction when it comes to actually improving my art and not just continuing it.  The Striders piece I did a while back was a little practice after I read a little of The Art of Comic Book Inking.  

That's pretty much my life right now, but I'll leave you with a couple of things before I end this update.

First of all, as soon as I get the money I'm waiting on, I will be getting a Premium account on here so I can use this as a really nice looking portfolio for anyone I ask for reviews or what not.  Once I get that up and running, I will start accepting commissions!  I need to start earning some more money to save so I can eventually move to New York to attend SVA!  So if any of you like my art enough to want to commission something, be on the lookout for that update!
And finally, I am currently working on a Doctor Who comic series.  It is based on the DW- Haunted story I wrote and posted part of (but has since been deleted).  I decided that my time with that story would be better spent making it in to a comic, so it's in the works and I am collaborating with another writer to make sure I can get my story across the best I can without slacking off on the art.  

Thanks for reading and keeping up with me!  You guys are the best!  If you ever want to get in touch with me, request something, or whatnot, I'm best reached via my Tumblr because I'm pretty much always on.  
Any way, farewell guys!  Talk to you all in the next update!

~Katie Shepard

Tardis skin created by MyntKat. Allons-y!
  • Listening to: Fenech-Soler's new album "Rituals"
  • Reading: Rainn Wilson's "Soul Pancake" book
  • Watching: Star Trek: the Original series
  • Playing: Mass Effect 2 again
  • Eating: I really want some homemade tacos
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper


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celticsister Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I saw your trade request but it expired so I just gave you the :llama:  and because I am a true blood Browncoat, I donated 5 Points  to you!  "I am to misbehave...." 
croatoan18 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for faving my rock vs blues :D
(also, the protoman shirt is so awesome)
ChalkTwins Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav:! :D
louisesaunders Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
hi! ta for the fave :D
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Thanks for the fav 8) and awesome webcam >8D
TheBrinkOfSomething Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

(I didn't know you were here too hi friend! )
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thanks for the fav on "Last Three" :D
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Thanks for the fav!
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Thanks for the fave :)
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