Spider Forest Project

Today, I start working on my Spider Forest project, which can be found on my Concept Art page. When I found the web of a bowl spider on one of my hikes over the summer, it really inspired me. I began creating ideas about the kind of spider that would use such a web (as the owners of these webs were well hidden) as well as a fantasy forest these spiders would live in.

For this project, I am going to challenge myself. I am going to flesh out this concept from thumbnails to a finished set of digitally painted environments using my original ideas. I want to try different styles to find what works best for this idea and improve my digital painting skills. I also want to become better at depicting light, texture, and spacial relationships.

I have a few specific concepts that I want to make.

  • Spider and its bowl web
  • Several trees
  • Several plants, flowers, and parasites
  • One or two fish
  • Flying and ground insects
  • One or two small mammals
  • One or two birds
  • A map of the forest
  • 3 environment concept drawings

I will be updating this particular project weekly, along with regular blog posts. Here is a loose schedule, subject to change in order to meet the primary concepts listed above.


Advanced Animation Class

First week of Advanced Animation is over, but I have a lot of work to do. This is the first class I’ve taken where we’ve used the face controls (the rest have been animating objects and body mechanics), so we’re picking out our dialogs to animate a scene to. I’m looking at working with something from Steven Universe to practice with. I love how emotionally charged that show can get for supposedly being a “kids’ show”.

This week, however, we picked out sound clips and made narrative poses to go along with them. I used the Mery rig from meryproject.com. It’s a good rig, but I’m still figuring it out.




Not too bad, but I’m sure they could use improvement. If you’d like to take a guess at what ideas they are depicting or offer some constructive criticism, please leave a comment!

Hello World

Hello, my name is Katie. I’m an artist, specializing in 2D concept art. This marks my final year as a student at California State University, Chico, so I figured it was only logical to start getting my work out there and connect with other artists, animators, and game developers.

This blog will primarily be a project update and portfolio blog with a few events interspersed between pictures and videos. (Hint hint – I will be at GDC16 this coming March!) I won’t be doing a lot of curatorial or tutorial work here, as my focus is new content creation. However, a few extremely awesome things I can’t help but share might make a showing. I’ll try to keep it all relevant.

I am constantly learning and improving on my skills. One of the best ways to do that is by receiving an outside opinion. If you have questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions, please let me know! I would prefer any links or images to be privately messaged to me rather than put in the comments. For everything else I will leave to your discretion in the comment/PM dilemma.

If you’re interested in learning more about me, follow the link to the About Katie page. If you’re wanting to see where I get my inspiration or how I spend the rest of my time, head over to Tea & Trinket.

Thank you for taking the time to view my blog!