Cute K.O. Merch Now Available!

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted on here, but I’ve got exciting news! There is now a fun selection of Cute K.O. and Tiny Vampire-related items available in my Etsy shop. Check it out and you’ll find a variety of pins, trading cards, and zines/program guides featuring some of the most popular Cute K.O. characters. If you spend $20 or more, I’ll include a small drawing of your favorite Cute K.O. character in the shipment! (I’ll message you through Etsy to get that information.) Enjoy!

Inktober Update #2

A second batch of Inktober illustrations! If you’re viewing this on my blog, you should be able to see each day’s prompt if you mouse over the image.

Inktober Update #1

Inktober Banner 01

Here’s the first batch of illustrations I’ve created for Inktober! I’m working from drawing prompts from my friend (and fellow artist) Shane.

Birds in Hats

Top Hats Erika Schnatz

It’s been some time since I’ve had my work displayed anywhere. There was that one time I had a piece up in a robot-themed show at a taco shop, and then someone STOLE MY PIECE OFF OF THE WALL, so maybe that’s the reason it has been a while? Or perhaps having a full-time job was the culprit.

In any case, I drew some birds in hats for the Tiny Wonderland show at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock, CA. The rule was nothing larger than 5″x 5″, so I found some 4″x 4″ panels and was plagued with indecision until several days before I need to mail out my work (nothing like artistic procrastination). I quite like these silly little birds, and if you like them too (and would like one to hang on a wall), a few of them are still available on to purchase: https://leannalinswonderland.com/collections/tiny-wonderland-art-show

 

Cat Detective in Color!

Erika Schnatz Cat Burglar

Like my previous post, this was another let’s-color-this-in-Photoshop-at-the-last-minute-because-I-need-a-new-portfolio-piece situation. I’ll likely go in and play with the color a bit in the future, since I like this character. Maybe he could get his own picture book.

Erika Schnatz Cat Burglar

Animal Doodles in Glorious Color

Erika Schnatz Animal Doodles

So I drew these animal characters ages ago for some Daily Doodle prompts on Twitter, but didn’t color them in until last week when I was desperate to find new pieces to put in my portfolio for a children’s book conference. It wound up being one of the strongest pieces in my portfolio since I haven’t completed many kid-appropriate illustrations in the past few years. I’m going to see how this style works with my new picture book dummy, because I need to figure out a color solution that is not terribly labor intensive. I have over 30 characters on one particular spread, so for the sake of my sanity I’d like to keep it simple.

Erika Schnatz Animal Doodles

 

December Catch-up

I did a number of (people) portraits in December! Please enjoy, and keep an eye out for a new drawing project I will start posting next week.

First up, a collage-type poster for my friend Melanie, who commissioned the piece as a Christmas gift for her (new!) husband. They went to London on their honeymoon, so I got to cobble together a bunch of different landmarks.

Schantz Honeymoon Portrait

I was also commissioned to draw some portraits of my cousins (thanks, Mom!). They went over quite well on Christmas day.

The Green Children

The Rice Children