Kali Ciesemier

Hey guys! Guess what– the Pokémon Battle Royale show at Light Grey Art Lab opens this friday! Here’s my Drowzee! (who I kept on my Leaf Green team almost solely because I loved the noise he made)

Apparently Drowzee is based on the Japanese Baku spirit: a dream-devouring tapir-like creature. Spooky! Although Drowzee is a grassland pokemon, he is also sometimes found in ancient ruins and tombs. Paying homage to Drowzee’s scarier mythological counterpart in a crumbling temple seemed appropriate!

Prints will be on sale at the show! I wish I could go, There’s gonna be so much fun art from 151+ (!) amazing contributors. Check it out!


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)


I’m selling all my ASOIAF pieces as prints at the Ltd Art Gallery “WINTER IS COMING” show! They are all available online as easily frameable 8x10 giclee prints on watercolor paper for $20 each, should you like to buy one. They’re each limited to only 25 prints, too!

In the past I haven’t offered all of these for sale as prints because the original files were kinda small, but I went back in and reformatted, tweaked colors, and cleaned everything up.

After the show is over I will likely offer these as 12x15 or 12x18 prints in my inprnt store, but if you want an 8x10 THEN NOW IS THE TIME!


I thought I’d do a little spotlight on some amazing artists you should be following!

Alexandra Douglass (tumblr | twitter | portfolio) - creator of the webcomic The Cloud Factory. An incredible digital painter, adept at creating powerful, atmospheric pieces. She’s a constant source of personal inspiration to step up my game.

Kali Ciesemier (tumblr | twitter | portfolio) - omega-level freelance illustrator. She’s got the best colors in the business, as far as I’m concerned, with some of the most magnificently composed pieces going today.

Anne Szabla (tumblr | twitter | deviantART) - creator of Bird Boy, one of the most original-looking comics out there. With an aesthetic that’s simultaneously remote and personal, her worlds are deep, lived-in, and mythic.

You should definitely check these artists out if you haven’t already, you won’t be disappointed.


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!


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!


You might want to get yourself a snack, because I totally lost track of time interviewing Illustrator Kali Ciesemier. She’s fresh to NYC after spending the last few years teaching at MICA in Baltimore, MD. Her illustrations have a spark of life that’s illuminated in every intricate and very carefully planned out detail. She finds a perfect balance of simple flat surfaces and subtle true to life elements, like the bend of a knee or dusty chalkboard. Kali also doles out some fantastic illustration advice on her website sometimes. Did you get that snack yet?