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FAQ - Frequently Answered Questions

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 28, 2009, 4:50 PM

[ T H E . A R T I S T ]

Education: BSAEd (Art Education)
Published Material: "The Tortoise and the Hare: An Adaptation of the Classic Story" March 2010. (IBSN: 978-1-4500-5808-7)
Current Freelance Franchises (Stories & Art):
The Tortoise and the Hare
Sheru Tsang Too


Commissions: CLOSED.
Trades: very rarely and only with close friends
Requests: Nope. I don't have time to do free art anymore.

Friends in Real Life?:
:iconshikokumaji: :iconpost-lit::iconflame-wing: :iconkuraze: :iconelliptica: :iconamyisinit:

[ T H E . A R T ]

How long have you been drawing and what did you start drawing first?
16 years / since I first discovered what a pencil does. I first started drawing siamese cats because I grew up with them and I thought they were beautiful creatures. Then later on, I got into drawing people--my teachers more specifically-- because I loved drawing their faces in funny situations. And then later of course...I had to combine them....voila! ANTHRO. Today I draw them as people again in a very funny webcomic called "5 Days A Week"

Words to describe your artistic vision?
On one side of the spectrum, I love slapstick, silly, and humorous things. I'm also someone who admires the simple, loving and sweet and at the same time, I revere sophistication.

How often do you draw?
Almost every day. I'm constantly doing sketching even in between commissions just to keep my motivation rolling. My drawing runs on mood and passion.

How about Inspirations / recommended Artists on dA?:
Any of my Homies in my watchlist are fair game. They are nice people and they are talented individuals. But a few of my favorites are:
:iconbrianedwardmiller: :iconkankakanka: :iconredcoatcat: :icontasteslikeanya: :icontracyjb: :icongunnerromantic: :iconbjpentecost::iconhibbary::iconloopydave::iconcidaq::iconexileden:

What mediums are you most comfortable with in Traditional?
I'm most comfortable with watercolor and color pencil. I've also worked in both oil and acrylic in painting as well as enamel based paints. I don't do it very often anymore because I don't have the studio space to do it. But when I do- I'll be back to it!

What Material have you used in your 3D work?
Oil and water based clay, plaster, cement, resin, masonry lathe and steel. I absolutely love forging and welding. Plasma cutting is tricky but also a lot of fun.

For your digital, what programs do you use?
Adobe Photoshop CS2, Macromedia Fireworks, Image Ready or Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Some of my older digital pieces were done in Corel Photo Paint 7.

What brushes/tools do you use in your Photoshop work?
I use a custom brush and eraser both set to 20% flow. I use Normal, Multiply, and Overlay layers. And I use a Wacom intuos 3 tablet to do it.

What is the Underpainting Technique?
The Underpainting technique I use allows me to establish the tone in a piece before the color. I use a custom brush that has the consistency of charcoal. I let the white of the canvas to be the lighting and I use the eraser to take away pigment to reveal highlights. Simple concept really. I use only one color (usually a dark warm gray) and the eraser. that's it.
Then I come back over top with multiply, overlay, and normal layers to add color. I do not yet have a tutorial for this method.
 Henry and Louis by Katmomma

Do you have tutorials/ other helpful stuff?

[ T O R T O I S E . A N D . T H E . H A R E ]

Where can I get a copy of your published book?
You can order a copy through the publisher, or you can pre order a copy through me and pick it up at the next convention OR I'll mail it to you (if you cover shipping).
You can find all the Info you need here!-->…

What is the story about? What makes this adaptation of the Tortoise and Hare so different?
You might recognize The Tortoise and the Hare as a classic Aesop fable, where the Hare is defeated by the Tortoise because of his overconfidence. But in this adaptation, there is a lot more substance and a twist to the plot. Basically, The characters are far more detailed in their interpersonal relationships and personified behavior, the setting is much different and given a 1930's time period, and the story itself revolves around the Hare. Jack (the hare) is an elitist and a loud mouth-- far prouder of his accomplishments than he should be. The Tortoise (Terrace) is sick of being disparaged and made mockery of because of his failure to beat the hare. In desperation, he consults the Fox Witch (Madame Agnes Fox) for a way to stop the hare from winning the last race in their bet. Upon eating a donut laced with a vanity curse from the Fox Witch, Jack is transformed overweight and is faced with the challenge of competing in the race humbled by his new figure. Throughout the story, Jack and his devoted wife, Bernadette, learn a valuable lesson in humility, and Terrace will come to understand that strength isn't everything.

How did you go about writing and publishing the book?
For a little inside scoop on the process and the people involved in the production of the book, there is some info here on the website-->

[ S H E R U . T S A N G . T O O ]

Siamese cats?
Sheru Tsang Too (formerly Ting Tang too) is a story about a little Red-Point Siamese and his adventurous endeavors carrying the duties of his 500 year old ancestor and bringing as much peace to the world as he can. I came up with Ting Tang when I was six years of age, after getting a Wedge Style Seal-point siamese, Sopko; who inspired me to draw pictures of these graceful animals.

I must learn more of this franchise that is currently on the back burner.
I've started to pick up this franchise again. Have a look at some updated artwork and information.
Ancient Hunshu Characters by Katmomma
Also, here's all of my Siamese cat art-->…

If there are any more questions you think belong above, Feel free to ask :D In the meantime, Have a nice Day!

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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
How did you get your work (The Tortoise and the Hare) published: through a publisher, or was it self-published?
Katmomma Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Artist
through xlibris ( [link] ) it is a big name in self Publishing ;)
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
I like how this is all laid out by category. I like that idea and might do something similar sometime.
My FAQ is in my DevID space though. :)
GreenRoc Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
May I be inspired by your FAQs?

In other words, If I make my own FAQs, can I copy "some" text from yours? (I get asked many of the same things, and have the same answers, but I stink at knowing how to type the answer).

You do such a good job at typing just the right words! I usually say too much or confuse people when I do, lol.

Have a nice day!
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Artist
sure I guess :D
GreenRoc Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Hee, okay.

Hmm, I have another question (or two) If someone assumes with an open mind (that they know "guessing" comes with the chance they could be wrong) then is it okay with you?

I ask, because...
Many people are annoyed when I guess, for they assume I made a conclusion as well (which is a bad assumption). I always guess with an open mind, a mind easily changed when new info is added.

What do you think about artists, like me, who draw mostly fan art, where just the "character" is unoriginal, and the art and pose of each is original to the artist?

I ask, because...
I keep original characters offline, to keep them safe. In my opinion, I don't need to sacrifice my original characters to show how I draw, when big business' characters (like Disney) do just as well.
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Artist
1. assumptions are different from guessing. when you assume, then you kind of are drawing a conclusion. Why try to assume when you can just ask? :) -- now if you're meaning assuming in a sort of "joking" kind of way, then yeah that doesn't bother me. But the assumptions you're saying here aren't really true assumptions. They are a form of guessing.....I guess. LOL you're making my head hurt :XD:

2. I could really care less what others want to do with their art. I don't judge someone and say they are any less of an artist because they do fan art all the time. Though I personally can enjoy the authenticity and true artistry of someone who does original work- because I'm an advocate for that, and it's something I practice as well. I know what I like to see in other artwork and that's what I gravitate to. If you don't want to upload originals, then that's fine. Who am I to judge someone?
The only reason why I upload my originals is because I've had them federally copyrighted, and freely copyrighted- and I can appreciate the feedback more because everything is my own. :)
GreenRoc Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
I hear you saying that you are an advocate of original work... I consider original work different than original art and original characters...

Would you please elaborate on your opinion of what "original work" is, so I can understand what you are advocating?

In my opinion, original art with unoriginal characters is still "original work", which I create with much joy. In comparison, unoriginal art isn't original work. It is merely tracing, or some form of plagiarism on another person.

Did you follow me, or did I hurt you again? :fork: If so, I'm so sorry :XD:
:hug: Thanks so much for your time.
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Artist
Original work is anything that brings an original element into a piece of artwork. Yes, it can feature someone else's characters- BUT it consists of some sort of originality. "Make it your own" sort of thing. If a fan art looks too much like the original artist's work, then it's not really original in regard to the person drawing the fan art. Tracing / copying screen shots are also un-original.

Though my personal favorite form of original work is artwork that is 100% original; characters and all. But I do enjoy fan art that has originality to it.

For example, this piece of mine [link] (Cosmo from FOP) is more original than this piece of mine [link] (Ho-Oh, a pokemon) , because the first one has more of my original interpretation of the character-- and the second one was indeed referenced a little more.

I hope that clears things up.
GreenRoc Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Hmm, I see. Looks like a fine line in the differences.

I probably have a mix of both original art and referenced style, and never traced. I prefer to aim closer to the original artist's style of art, out of respect. I do my best to add some element of originality.

Good to know your opinion. Thanks Katmomma!
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