Creator Spotlight: Drusilla Kehl

“Creator spotlight” is a recurring feature of this blog where once per month, I introduce you to the biography and creative work of some of my best friends and colleagues. Please take a moment to learn about them!

This spotlight is on friend Drusilla Kehl, “The Illustrated Rat.” In Drusilla’s own words…

“I am, at heart, a commercial artist or illustrator, not a fine artist. It was the way I was brought up. My father was an art director, and my mother a fashion illustrator, and she endeavored to teach me drawing from a young age, something I didn’t really appreciate much at the time. My influences were the classic and Golden Age illustrators and gender paintings. I grew up with books by Howard Pyle and Andrew Wyeth, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) was my second home. All of these factors influenced what I do now. I did not attend art school, and in fact was the brat who hated every art class I attended. However back in the day there were lots of life drawing sessions offered, including those with clothed models geared towards commercial illustrators, and those I attended whenever I could. I graduated with honors in English from Connecticut College.”

Big Dog by Drusilla Kehl

“I worked as a storyboard artist for over 20 years, working in a privately owned agency in NY whose primary account was Hasbro Toys. While it sounds like fun, and there were times when it was, it was also sometimes horrendously busy and stressful. Hasbro (including Playskool & Milton Bradly) relied heavily on TV advertising and, because of their extensive product lines, generated vast amounts of work. On this job I learned to use markers (this was just before everything turned digital), and how to draw almost anything very fast and under pressure. These skills have stood me in good stead, and while hardly anyone uses markers any more, my experience with them helped as I taught myself watercolors. Both are unforgiving media.”

Faces by Drusilla Kehl

“Now I devote my time to watercolor and graphite illustration and take commissions. I do portraits and other types of gender art, often featuring pet rats and other creatures. I have some personal projects I am also working on including a rat themed tarot, The Rata Arcana,
and some book ideas. My website is The Illustrated Rat. I have shops on Etsy, RedBubble, and Zazzle.”

Rats are Stars by Drusilla Kehl

Learn more:
The Illustrated Rat
The Illustrated Rat @ Etsy
The Illustrated Rat @ Redbubble
The Illustrated Rat @ Zazzle
The Illustrated Rat @ Facebook
The Illustrated Rat @ Twitter
The Illustrated Rat @ Instagram

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Creator Spotlight: Mighty Pegasus Art

“Creator spotlight” is a recurring feature of this blog where once per month, I introduce you to the biography and creative work of some of my best friends and colleagues. Please take a moment to learn about them!

This spotlight is on friend Mighty Pegasus Art. In Victor’s own words…

“Hello, everyone! My name is Victor, but I am known as Mighty Pegasus Art! I am an artist based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and I started my journey as an artist in September 2018 doing comic and anime conventions. My goal is to inspire anyone to start their own journey to find their true self, and express themselves truthfully with art.”

“Before I go any further in my introduction, I would like to take this moment to thank Jin Wicked for giving me the opportunity to share my story with you all!! I met Jin Wicked recently during the grand opening of a local comic store, and she shared a little of her time to give me some great advice to be a successful artist. Thank you Jin!!”

All Might Plus Ultra by Mighty Pegasus Art

“As I mentioned, I’m based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but I was born and raised in France. I moved to Florida in 2003, then moved to Minnesota in 2009. I have the very typical artist’s story — I have been drawing since a very young age, but was always afraid to try to follow my dream and become an artist. So after high school, I quit drawing for a very long time. Fast-forward 13 years later — it’s early 2017, and I was looking back at what I had accomplished after I finished high school. I did not go to college right away. I joined the U.S. Navy at 21 years-old, and had just separated in 2016 from the military. I was a little lost. I went from one job to another just to figure out what I really wanted to do, but no jobs really made me happy. I then saw an old friend of mine who still lived in France. He became an artist like we used to talk about when we were kids. His artist name is Kazamatt. His Facebook was full of events that he attended, helped promote, and exhibited his art! I was so amazed! Since that day, I got back in touch with him, and I started drawing again!”

Wonder Woman Ultimate by Mighty Pegasus Art

“For one whole year, all I did was get back into my passion and try to get better than ever. During that one year of just drawing for myself, I stumbled upon another artist who is known for doing many conventions while vlogging his journey. His name is Christopher Cayco. He inspired me to push myself even more and better myself. At this point, it was almost the end of 2017, and I decided to become an anime/comic convention artist! So for the next whole year, I studied more, I prepared art prints, and I searched for upcoming shows and booked them. In November 2018, I went to my first comic convention in the Artist Alley at Wizard World Con in Madison, WI. I had such a wonderful time! I met people that really loved my art, and who got inspired to become artists themselves! I never looked back since! Today, I’m still going from city to city and convention to convention to showcase my art and my passion. I continue to help, support, and inspire young artists to follow their dream of becoming an artist!”

Venom Rage by Mighty Pegasus Art

Learn more:
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Store Envy
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Facebook
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Instagram
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Youtube
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Twitch

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Creator Spotlight: Doug Kallberg

“Creator spotlight” is a recurring feature of this blog where once per month, I introduce you to the biography and creative work of some of my best friends and colleagues. Please take a moment to learn about them!

This spotlight is on friend Doug Kallberg. In Doug’s own words…

“Doug Kallberg is an illustrator, cartoonist, graphic designer, and painter. He draws inspiration from the likes of Bill Watterson, Will Eisner, and many more artists far more talented than he is.”

GOT Cover by Doug Kallberg

“Doug has been drawing Pandora’s Box for his company Free Range Studios for nearly ten years, and has produced comics of the strip between being the artist on The Kingdom of Loathing licensed comic book series by the gaming company of the same name. His books have been featured at San Diego Comic-con International, MCBA Conventions, The Walker Art Center, and have sold internationally.”

CON-Life by Doug Kallberg

“He has had his own business for over a decade doing illustration and graphics for contracts, making logos, material for print and web for various companies around the Minneapolis metro area and Minnesota including: The Monday Night Comedy Show, The Comedy Corner Underground, the 10,000 Laughs comedy festival, Stand Up! Records, Dangerous Man Brewing, Sisyphus Brewing and various local members of the Minneapolis comedy scene, as well as art for St. Paul Saint’s ‘Ushertainers.’ He currently resides in the farthest reaches of the twin cities with his wife and daughter.”

Pandora's Box by Doug Kallberg

Learn more:
Free Range Studios
Free Range Studios @ Facebook
Doug Kallberg @ Instagram

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