Kathleen Joyce

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Kathleen Joyce //   
I am a Chicago illustrator who works in pen, watercolor, and a format of a digital hybrid.. and most of my work consists of advertising, storyboards, and Children's illustrations.  My work is light-hearted and fun... please contact me for work opportunities or just comments!
My Website is kjoyce.net

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Power of the Nose FINAL


This is the final for the editorial in my Digital Illustration class.  I wont say much more, I have to get some sleep before my exit interview tomorrow.  Pulling all nighters this week has been a bad idea.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


This was a quick digital drawing (with pen scanned in) of Granuaile (Grace O'Malley), the Pirate Queen of Ireland.  I was obsessed with her in high school and for my AP art class, all of my artwork that semester revolved around her or a modern day version of the queen.  She was a spirited soul who didn't let men order her around, and she supposedly smelled a lot. Just as a disclaimer, this is not the girl from Brave , the newest Pixar movie.  I guess they look alike, but this woman is real and I suggest you look her up.  I have been to 2 of her castles, and she is quite the lady. 

And by the way, the pin she is wearing means clarity.  It's a feminine celtic symbol.

I think I finished this in a day, and I realize that she looks very young, I just tend to make all of my characters very young looking, probably a thing to work on.

Ballerina Pencils


This is a pencil for a promotional piece for To Get Her There owned by The Girl Scouts of America.  I really wanted to do something that had to do with girls being ok with their uniqueness.  I feel like girls today (and in the past as well) feel pressured to stick with the standards of being a "girl" and that being normal is the safe way to go.  
It's sad how many girls I know wanted to play hockey of football but were told by parents or teachers that they couldn't, that they would get teased.  I wanted to play gaelic football when I was younger, but they didn't have teams for girls.  They did have "co-ed" teams, but I was told no girls were on them.  We shouldn't be scared to be who we really are.  
 I'll upload the final this week!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dozin with the Dinos 2

My updates, updated version of Dozin with the Dinos.  Probably will still need more work, but with the limited time I have, this will have to do for now. If I had all the time in the world, I'd make a dinosaur parade, maybe for the future.

By the way, my website is up and running, please check it out!

Power of the Nose

This is a digital piece for an article describing the persuasive power of scents and how companies are using it to get people (mainly women) to buy more.  In progress and will upload the finished version later!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dozin with the Dinos 2


This is an improved version of the Dozin with the Dinos piece.. and I have a feeling it will be updated again!  Dozin with the Dinos is associated with the Field Museum in Chicago, this isn't official artwork for them, it's purely a portfolio piece.

Monday, March 5, 2012