I love to use selections from my portfolio of artwork to gather into a collection of some sort, finding a theme and then a likely way to present the collection, like my calendars. In my “inspiration collection” I have calendars and art and photography books on all subjects that I enjoy simply pulling out to study, and a few friends and readers have asked if I ever planned to do a book of my artwork.
In autumn 2013 I created this little portfolio piece, Feline Style Sampler, sketches and portraits, to include in presentations to prospective illustration customers to both show a variety of styles of illustration and my ability to design a little book like this and have it printed and bound. I was very pleased with the way it turned out and enjoyed the response when I presented it and showed it around to friends.
When a friend admired it and wanted to purchase some for gifts, I thanked her for an idea I hadn’t even considered, though once she mentioned it the idea was a natural. In fact, I had such an enthusiastic response to it on all accounts that I decided to offer it for sale. The award-winning* Feline Style Sampler is simply a collection of 34 images, no text or narrative, though each image has the name and medium of the image inconspicuously added at the bottom of the page. The book is little, only 4.25″ x 5.5″, and coil bound. All pages are printed on 100# gloss cover rather than text weight stock to stand up to handling and to ensure opacity.
The images I’ve included run the gamut from quick and simple ink sketches to highly detailed commissioned pastel paintings. They are a mix of daily sketches, commissioned portraits and a few of my personal works all jumbled together instead of categorizing them by medium or style. They even span my entire career as an artist with a few of my earliest included as well as very recent daily sketches.
I can’t list all the images as I did with my calendars, but in addition to the cover and spreads above here are a few more spreads to give you an idea of what’s here.
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Other books and future plans
I’ve been planning another volume of Feline Style Sampler. Also, for the past few months I’ve been taking a little break from daily sketches and other art and photos for myself and reviewing and organizing what I’ve created to date, and considering my options for publishing collections. I’m overwhelmed with the possibilities. But I can’t wait to bring these ideas out in print and electronically beginning this autumn.
For another anthology of my work I’ve published to date, also look into Great Rescues Day Book, which includes 16 portraits and their stories as well as a perpetual day book where you can keep track of anniversaries and remembrances, information about cat care and interesting facts, and award-winning note paper bound right into the volume. Read about it here on The Creative Cat or find it in my Etsy shop.
Sunshine draped over my arm and Charm holding down a copy of Feline Style Sampler at my drafting table in my studio.
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Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.
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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!