Kali Ciesemier

anonymous asked:

hi! could you recommend some artists you're inspired by or like?

i’m usually inspired by 19th century art onwards so here’s just a list of artists whose works i admire. i think it’s important to appreciate all types of art!!:

  • Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Henri Matisse
  • Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae William, Frida Kahlo, Helen Frankenthaler
  • Hara Kenya, Dieter Rams, Naoto Fukasawa, Ettore Sottsass
  • Clamp, Eiko Kera, Tomoko Ninomiya
  • all the Adventure Time storyboard artists!!!!!!, Jillian Tamaki, Rebecca Mock, Kali Ciesemier, Richie Pope, Jun Cen, Aidan Koch, Joan Casaramona

My piece for the Fifth Element artbook, which will be released soon! Check in later with their tumblr for details on how to get your own copy. I will have poster prints of this at SPX next weekend–I’m at tables W80-81 with Sam and our pals Andrea & Jimmy. (I’ll be putting up a comprehensive SPX post in the next few days!)

The Fifth Element is one of my favorite movies ever, it came out when I was in middle school and I even bought the soundtrack for it–Leeloo was my hero. It was actually pretty hard to single out what I wanted to draw for it, but I think one of the strong suites of the movie is its distinctive costume design, so I went with that angle!

Man, vintage posters are great, and when I saw this Delta poster I loved the composition and knew I wanted to do something similar with the FE stewardesses. I was inspired by all the fun type and stylization in David Klein’s iconic TWA posters too. You can see my color sketch as well–I have a fair amount of darker prints, so I wanted this one to be light and airy. Now I just need more excuses to make fun sci-fi posters!


Our comic has arrived on store shelves!!!!

Face front, true Steven-believers! The Crewniverse bids you a happy NEW COMIC DAY! Presenting Steven Universe #1, Written and Illustrated by friends of the show Jeremy Sorese and Coleman Engle

Pick your favorite variant cover(There are 4 available!!) and check out an awesome new adventure with Steven and the Gems! Marvel at the sweet inside front and back art by superstar Frans Boukas! Get pumped for amazing backup features, including a do-it-yourself recipe from Kali Ciesemier, a short “Gems just hanging out” story from Josceline Fenton and a brand-new Lars and Sadie strip by show storyboarder Raven M. Molisee

Support your local comic shop- stop in and buy our comic today! If they don’t have it, be sure to ask if they can start ordering it. Don’t be shy! (Also available on Comixology if you’re into the paperless scene)

Prepare for Princess X!

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.

Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.

Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.

Princess X?

When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There’s an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon–her best friend, Libby, who lives.



I’m so honored to say that I drew today’s Google doodle of Maria Callas, the renowned opera singer!

I’m happy to share some of the process—the whole thing took place in these last couple weeks and was a lot like doing any other freelance illustration job, except it was totally unexpected and for a much bigger audience!!!

My art director was the super talented Sophia Foster-Dimino (also a Google doodler)—she also gathered feedback for me from the doodler crew & google employees. When you’re working with a big company, there’s a lot of people that have to vet the final product! Luckily it all went very smoothly.

When I was given this project I didn’t have A CLUE about opera, so I spent a whole day reading about Maria Callas, listening to her existing recordings, and watching the few live videos of her performances. She is amazing! Her voice extended beyond the regular range for female singers and she had an innate gift for interpretation—she could literally sing anything written for the female voice, and sing it better than anyone else. She also had a really interesting life—Underdog beginning! Personal struggles! High-profile scandal! Crazy weight-loss! Unusual voice!

I included more info about each step of my process in the image captions— read on if you like!

Thanks to all the google doodlers for letting me be an honorary doodler today, and thanks to everyone who’s said something encouraging or recognized my work, I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to you all!


This is my 3rd batch of side characters for OK KO based on the character descriptions & sketches I got! They were all done over a year & a half ago with the exception of cookie man (I did a recent redesign of my old one) & Pird, who I designed after I started on the show full time. Geneva created him & gave a very specific note that I included. :) Colors by Diego Molano, Jessica Yost, & Kali Ciesemier.

anonymous asked:

who are your favourite artists??

shriek this is my favorite question get ready for a WALL

this buncha workin’ adult pros:
shiyoon kimsachin teng, kaneoya sachiko, kevin dartelle michalka, jungyoun kim, fabien mense, natasha allegri, tomer hanuka, mingjue helen chen, bill presingjanelle fortes, victo ngai, joy ang, alexandre diboine, julian callos, nick sumida, em partridge, vera brosgol, dana terraceomocat

this buncha killer artists/fanartists i found through tumblr:
nargyle, genicecream, notmusa, kaisukes, 6-heures, acetactician (and all their other blogs), jenerallydrawingviivus, izzyabreu, gaulllimaufry, josiahfiles, boxingsocks, milkmanner, shingalas, jaymamon, epsee, ziggyzagz, crowskesibyllinesketchbloghappydorid, killertune, oxboxermobble, qeti, verticalseventypercentethanol, naruhodosannaxiin , wasongo, ploralbales, livertaker, lowlighter, jessicamao

my school’s terrifying/amazing faculty/classmates/grads like  babs tarrkali ciesemiersam bosmarebecca mock, dan krall, heather danforthleonard peng, erin lux, xanthe bouma, noelle stevenson, mickey quinn, alison george, andrea kalfas, jimmy giegerichrachel suggs, evyn fong, lisk feng, liz pulido, aaminah cole, boya sun, matt rockefeller, olivia hyunh, lasha tamae, jbillustration, astrarts, sigtryggr, elenabrunswickjacqlin-li, mattpearsonillustrationitstimeforcomicsmichaelshillingburg

my own disgusting tumblrfucker roommates: gascanhandsconnor-draws, chelseadrewthis, smallsalv, meexart (who squats in our basement)

(((aaaaaand here’s my illustration inspo dump blog which is full of even more artists i love (it’s a major mess))))

katherine-blower  asked:

Hi there I love your art style! I'm currently an illustration student and was wondering how do you promote yourself as an artist and get work etc? I would really appreciate any advice or tips you have for me going into art as a profession. Kind regards Katherine

Hello and thank you!

This is a tricky question because promotion works differently for different artists and areas of focus, but I’ll try my best to describe what my experience has been.

So far, the promotion I have done has involved staying active on my various online presences such as my website, tumblr, twitter, facebook, behance, etc. Updating these and providing a generally steady flow of work has been really helpful in getting noticed and featured by illustration websites- which has in turn gotten some clients to see my work. If you make work that is authentic and you enjoy making, people will hopefully notice. Oddly I got one of my first book cover jobs when an art director saw some pokemon fanart I had made!

My past teacher and fellow illustrator Kali Ciesemier has compared getting work in illustration to a snowball effect. Getting a bit of exposure and a couple of jobs can create a cycle where you are creating work and getting noticed for it which hopefully leads to more work!

Another more exciting aspect of promotion has been getting involved in group projects such as the recent 1001 Knights anthology, Ladies of Literature Vol. 2 zine, and several gallery shows organized by Light Grey Art Lab. This is a great way to meet other artists and reach new audiences. Plus it’s just fun and really inspiring to see what others are creating and where your work fits into a greater context.

I’ve also gone to events like SPX and MoCCA where I’ve met the artists I’ve worked with and looked up to. In the past I’ve handed out physical postcards and zines at events like these or made trades. More than any other form of exposure, I think the connections you have and continue to make with other artists can be your strongest ally because you never know when someone you’ve met will remember you and pass your name along. 

So work hard, put yourself out there, and have a positive attitude - something great is bound to happen!