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 own 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.
An award-winner too!
I entered the book into the Cat Writers’ Association 2014 Communications Contest as a gift book where it won a Certificate of Excellence. As part of the contest each entry is judged by three Professional CWA members and must receive a score of 90 points or more, a pretty high bar, and stiff competition. Click here to read more about this contest and the awards. I had no idea my little book could go this far.
And now a third printing!
Nor did I ever think I’d be printing more than the first run I’d printed in 2013. I’d never say it’s a smash-hit best-seller, but it has been a nice steady stocking stuffer, a gift for someone who loves cats and art and cat art, something for yourself to enjoy, and even a little art book for students of all ages to study styles and techniques.
About the book
Feline Style Sampler is simply a collection of 36 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# matte 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.
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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals 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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