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I Can and I Will

I Can & I Will (c)Kimberly Abbott, 2017

I Can & I Will (c)Kimberly Abbott, 2017

I can and I will. Watch me.
~Carrie Green

Designed in InkScape. Textures, highlights & shadows done in GIMP. Hand written text, no fonts used in this project.

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We are all of us stars

Art (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2017 - Quote, Marilyn Monroe

Art (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2017 – Quote, Marilyn Monroe

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.
~ Marilyn Monroe

Original:
11 x 11 designed in InkScape, shading and highlighting in GIMP

Awesome Fonts Used:
Blackjack | Font Squirrel
Mom’s Typewriter | Font Squirrel

The Software I Use and Why

I use three pieces of software regularly when making digital art, my open source solutions include Inkscape and GIMP, and my paid service is Sketchbook Pro. GIMP is the first advanced graphic design interface I’ve ever used, and let me tell you, back in 2000 it earned its name! I stuck with it and learned to rock that program – since then it has improved dramatically, offering support for tablets and a redesigned interface that humans can pretty intuitively understand. Then I fell in love with vectors and the best free solution for me is Inkscape. Vectors are a designer’s delight because they are lossless, design once and use that element as large or small as you like in other designs, and if your customer decides they want different dimensions? Not a problem, it’s usually just a tweak here and there! Finally, I’ve added Sketchbook Pro to my repertoire of tools. Sketchbook is the only paid program in my bag of digital tools, it’s $25 a year ($2.08 a month), and offers more of the natural feel of drawing but with fewer consumables since I use my tablet.

Why did I make the choices I have in terms of my digital design software? Well, first of all, I feel that everybody should have access to their own creativity. Expression of self is, in my opinion, directly connected to mental and physical well-being – charging $250+ for a piece of software does not allow movement of creativity for everyone. Second, the software does what I need it to, I understand it and it works well in my process, and finally I feel that free and inexpensive software tools fit within my philosophy that art is made to be seen, and meant to be made. It is for everyone, not just those who can afford it – by making my art with tools which are openly available, I hope to broadcast that you can make your art too, you can get it out of your head and into the heads of others without paying a dime, or a few dimes. To me, that’s pretty powerful, since making your own art is not only an expression of self, but of society as a whole. Art can convey messages about the beauty of life and of things that need to change, open and low cost software make that possible for everyone.

Resources:

Wikipedia | Gimp Logo by Tuomas Kuosmanen

Wikipedia | Inkscape Logo by Andrew Michael Fitzsimon

Sketchbook Pro | by Autodesk
Logo found via Google search, artist unknown

Beefalo Bob

Beefalo Bob (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 - Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Beefalo Bob (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 – Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Beefalo Bob
(c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016
Character Concept | Jason H. Abbott

I loved designing Beefalo Bob for the Toon! Olympics my husband hosted at PortCon Maine, 2016.

Ollie the Norwegian Pig

Ollie the Norwegian Pig (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 - Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Ollie the Norwegian Pig (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016 – Character Concept Jason H. Abbott

Ollie the Norwegian Pig
Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016
Character Concept | Jason H. Abbott

This character was designed for the TOON! game my husband hosted at PortCon Maine 2016! It was great fun!

Terry Pin

Terry Pin - (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016; Character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Terry Pin – (c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016; Character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Terry Pin
(c) Kimberly Abbott, 2016Character concept Jason H. Abbott

Terry is the 4th installment for the TOON! RPG my husband, the Aethereal Engineer, will be hosting at the upcoming PortCon Maine!

Wet Wailin’ Willy

Wet Wailin' Willy by Kimberly Abbott (c) 2016, character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Wet Wailin’ Willy by Kimberly Abbott (c) 2016, character concept by Jason H. Abbott

Wet Wailin’ Willy
Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016
Character Concept Jason H. Abbott, (c) 2016

Wet Wailin’ Willy is my second art installment for the Cartoon Olympics TOON! RPG my husband, Jason H. Abbott, will be running this year at PortCon Maine! I loved drawing this whimsical guy, and especially like his little hat caught on the water spurt!

Programs:
Inkscape
GIMP (rasterization)

Katie Calamari

Katie Calamari - Character Concept Jason H. Abbott, Design, Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016

Katie Calamari – Character Concept Jason H. Abbott, Design, Kimberly Abbott, (c) 2016

Katie Calamari
Character concept by Jason H. Abbott | Aethereal Engineer
(c) Jason & Kimberly Abbott, 2016

Katie Calamari is a stretchy Italian squid lady I designed for a TOON! RPG my husband is hosting at PortCon Maine next month! She was super fun to draw, and I have 5 additional characters to go!

Software:
Sketchbook Pro
Inkscape

Godzilla VS Pikachu Fan Art

Godzilla VS Pikachu
Fan art by Kimberly Abbott

I do not own the copyright to either Godzilla or Pikachu! This work is fan art designed as a gift for my husband – you are free to download the full size version. Please do not sell the art, you are free to give it away. Please do not make available for download on any websites.

Specifications:
11×17, 600 dpi
Inkscape & Gimp

Font: Full Dece Sans by Elling Lien | Font Space

Book Covers: A Contract in Azure and Indigo

These two covers are mock ups for a captivating story called A Contract in Azure and Indigo that my husband Jason Abbott has written. The story is available online to read and I highly recommend that you do!

Dimensions:
Overall 18.625″ x 7.25″
Flaps 3.5″ + .375″ for Wrap Each
Front & Back 4.625″ Each
Spine 1.625″
.12″ around for bleeds (not visible in above examples)

Both Covers:
Author Photo: Jason in His Fedora, by Kimberly Abbott
Motif: Wikimedia.org | Ouroboros
Fonts Used: Book Antiqua; Gabriola

Black & White Cover:
Photo Credit: FreeImages.com | Indian Woman by Satsal
Hand Writing: FreeImages.com | Ancient Handwriting 3 by Raichinger

Color Cover:
Photo Credit: Wikimedia.org | Study for the Snack by Jules Breton