Welcome to the Online Portfolio of Kelly Owen

Rupert and the Fox

 Rupert and the Fox, 2018, 10 "x 10" illustration on watercolor paper using  watercolor paint, ink,  and colored pencils.   This illustration was created during a continuing education class at Ringling College. I would like to continue it as a series  and possibly make it in to a children's book.

Rupert and the Fox, 2018, 10 "x 10" illustration on watercolor paper using  watercolor paint, ink,  and colored pencils. 

This illustration was created during a continuing education class at Ringling College. I would like to continue it as a series  and possibly make it in to a children's book.

 

Peep!

Peep! 2015, 17" x 12" watercolor, ink, and colored pencils on paper.

 

Basic Dragon

Basic Dragon 2016, 33" x 10", Ink, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper, edited in Photoshop.

This is a design that was entered in Breezy Boards' debut collection contest and was selected as one of the five winning designs to be featured on their first set of long-boards. The prompt competition was "Adjective Dragon,"  where the artist was told to choose an adjective to describe a dragon and then make a design out of it. I chose "Basic", playing with the "Basic Girl" (or "Basic Bitch") meme.

This was a particular challenge because I wanted to draw it to scale but had no paper or scanner long enough.  I ended up taping several pieces of paper together  to draw the piece on, scanning each page, and re-connecting them together in photoshop, using the blend and pattern tools to patch up the seams. If I did it again I would account for the bleed section, as they ended up stretching the piece a little to fit.

 

epicenter

 Epicenter, 2013. Screenprint on paper.  This piece is a reflection of anxiety.

Epicenter, 2013. Screenprint on paper.

This piece is a reflection of anxiety.

 

Toast and Hummus

 Toast and Hummus, 2013. Screenprint , pen and ink.  This piece is one in a series of screen prints, each with the basic line drawing screen-printed on the page and then manually manipulated in various ways. In this case, a stream of consciousness was written in the background. The drawing is of my flatmate who slept with all his electronic devices in his bed and, occasionally, with some toast and hummus, too. 

Toast and Hummus, 2013. Screenprint , pen and ink.

This piece is one in a series of screen prints, each with the basic line drawing screen-printed on the page and then manually manipulated in various ways. In this case, a stream of consciousness was written in the background. The drawing is of my flatmate who slept with all his electronic devices in his bed and, occasionally, with some toast and hummus, too. 

 

Bitchalots

Bitchalot Series, 2018, Computer graphics.

A series inspired by my boss at the Sun Coast Media Group. How would you feel getting your annual cookies from disgruntled ad designers next year instead of some  chipper Girl Scouts?  I am in the process of getting these turned in to pins and stickers.

 

Animal in Bed

 Animal in Bed, 2012. Metal etching on paper.

Animal in Bed, 2012. Metal etching on paper.

 

Ruins

 Ruins, 2013. Metal aquatint etching on paper.

Ruins, 2013. Metal aquatint etching on paper.

 

PRINTS

A Series of Prints: Fancy Fennecs. •  One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, Blue Fish  • Calphabet  •  Bitchalots, 2018. Computer graphics.

A playful set of print designs using Adobe Illustrator. 

 

Hope and the Librarian: Avalanche

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Hope and The Librarian: Avalanche, 2014. Mixed Media.

This is part of the larger installation for my BFA thesis that can be found under the "BFA Thesis" option of the menu . The sequence of events depicted is the cornerstone of Hope and The Librarian's story.

This specific event is actually the cornerstone of the entire Hope and The Librarian Project. This initially started as a conversation between my friend and I one summer;  I was complaining to my friend about how I always get my hopes up even while trying not to, as though I'm scolding my hope like a misbehaving  teenager and sending her to her room, just to have her climb out the window, not realizing she has gotten out until she goes and falls from a tree or something--getting my hopes crushed.  My friend durning this conversation used another similar way of describing herself, telling me she felt like her brain didn't process her negative thoughts and feelings correctly, so that when something bad happens, all the bad things that have been misplaced come out at the same time--as though when one bad thing happens, everything else she has ever felt poorly about comes up as well, overwhelming her. This picture is the depiction of that--in the first panel The Librarian is hiding the negative memories, in the second panel Libby is coming across them, and in the third panel Libby is being overwhelmed by the negative emotions all stored in one place.