The Anti-Adulting Coloring Book is HERE

Yes. It's finally here! Ready to ship!

Check it out here: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/474558807/adult-coloring-book-coloring-book-anti

The cover! 

The cover! 

Beauty with braids

Beauty with braids

Ocean scene

Ocean scene

Order online now, $17 plus shipping

The Anti-Adulting coloring book

This listing is to Ready to Ship!

Will ship in 1-3 Business Days.

This book is packed with over 20 detailed and hand drawn original illustrations by me, Kierston Ghaznavi!

Enjoy hours of relaxation and coloring fun as you "anti-adult" your day away!

Color in fun scenes like Party, Beach, BBQ, or detailed pattern pages like Ice cream, Lingerie, Bike ride, and more!

You're free to use any coloring medium you're comfortable with: pens, crayons, colored pencils, markers, watercolors etc.

Have Fun!

I retain the rights to all artwork, cannot reproduce or redistribute without permission.

This book was hand drawn by me. I designed the cover art, created the layout and used Lulu printing services to create the physical books.

Check out individual downloadable coloring pages here:

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Take a look at the other cool stuff in my shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KeghazIllus?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Time for a Giveaway!

It's been a while since I've had a giveaway and I think it's long overdue!  

This past week I had a open poll, asking what would you choose to win as a free gift?

1. Mini custom paper doll

2. Mini coloring book

3. Original illustrations

4. Pair of earrings or a pin

The votes were calculated and the winner is.... 

Well, there's a tie! 

Mini custom paper doll or a pair of earrings or pin!!

yay! Whoot-whoot!! 

Ok so how do you win? 

CONTEST: 

1. Like my Page on Facebook:  Keghaznavi Illustration http://www.facebook.com/keghazillus

2. Sign up for my Newsletter: Curls & Markers

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3. Share my page with your Facebook friends.  

Thats it!!! 

Once I reach 750 likes on my Facebook page, the contest will be over, I will randomly select a winner!  The winner will be announced on my Facebook page and then contacted by email to begin the custom doll process or to select a pin or a pair of earrings!!

GOOD LUCK!!!  

Head over to Facebook now & get started!  

XO

-Kierston  

 

Mini Update to my Website

I haven't made any updates to my website in a while, (since last December, yikes!) and my work has grown quite a lot this year. I added some more current Marker work, better images of my paper dolls and a few pages from my upcoming coloring book, The Anti-Adulting Coloring Book.

Marker Illustrations: 

I did some marker studies of Masked women, the bunny mask was quickly a favorite. What do you think of it?

I updated the photos of my paper dolls and added more images.

The coloring book is almost here! added a few images from it to my website, enjoy the sneak peek!

Take some time & have a look at my updated site! Comment below and let me know what you like about it!

XO
-Kierston

Milwaukee Unrest

I wasn't born here, but I've lived here in Milwaukee since before my 1st birthday. This is my home. The current climate of anger, unrest and frustration may not be understood by those who live outside of the city or were not raised under the same circumstances as the people they judge for rioting. I'm in my mid-thirties, I go to a full time job every day, for 40-50 hours a week in addition to creating art in my off time, I just go to work and back home. I live a few blocks away from the Sherman Park area where this began. I may not like the violence or the damage being done to the city, Who does? But I am not angry with these young people. I can hear and feel the pain in their voices when they speak. It's time to listen to them. It's not just because of their personal loss of a family member, its deeper than that. Milwaukee has failed our youth. violence has surged here in the past few years, many Milwaukee Public Schools have been closing, jobs are leaving the city. There is a long history of police brutality here. These riots aren't just about a young man being shot by a police officer, it's an explosion of bottled up anguish and loss of hope. I understand. I won't condemn them. Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the country and often lands on those "Worst Cities for Blacks to Live in America" lists. I just hope that, with the eyes of the world turned to our city, we will start to see those in positions of power begin the work needed to bring about change.

This is my HOME.

Music That Inspires Me Right Now

I need music. 

There is no way that I could go a day without listening to some kind of music, or singing to myself or even making up random songs. I love listening to music probably as much as I love to draw, maybe more. However I am not musically talented. I can sing, but not well. I have known how to play Heart and Soul and Lean on Me on the piano since elementary school, with one finger and very slowly. That’s been the extent of my musical training. I bet with some extensive training, I could learn the acoustic guitar and write some ballads someday. HA!! It could happen...

Those that can’t do, listen. Is that the saying? I listen to music while I’m driving, drawing, showering, doing laundry, cleaning. Sometimes I find myself watching tv and wondering what that noise is in the background. Oh. My phone is still playing music… It really is the soundtrack to my life.

I put together a Spotify Playlist of the songs that I'm currently obsessed with. I listen to a lot of different music while i'm drawing or painting or making earrings and dolls. The music inspires what i'm creating. It also keeps me going, I can create for hours with the right playlist or album playing. The music I'm obsessed with changes A LOT, as i discover new artists or even old ones I've never heard before. 

A few of the songs on this playlist

A few of the songs on this playlist

Here's a link to the playlist on Spotify, take a listen:

https://play.spotify.com/user/126663994/playlist/6LHN1thf8WcqYZSrI1KxBb

Do you listen to music when you're creating? Or do you need silence, or the TV or a Podcast? Tell me about it in the comments! If you've already subscribed to the newsletter, Curls & Markers, thanks for your support! If you've got your free coloring page, Color it in and share it to your social media accounts! Tag @keghazillus on IG and Twitter or Facebook: Keghaznavi Illustration. Use the Hashtag #antiadultingKG
I can't wait to see the colored pages!!

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XOXO
-Kierston

Mothers of Our Nations: In Progress

If you read this blog, you know that I am partnering with Pearls for Teen Girls in Milwaukee for my community art project in the From Here to Her 2016 show, Mothers of Our Nations.  The team at PEARLS is dedicated to empowering young girls in all aspects of their life, and preparing them with the tools they’ll need to be successful in the future. It’s not just about preparing for college, but really building character and mentoring relationships that last beyond college.

I will be creating work to honor the staff at PEARLS and I am also currently volunteering this summer to help the girls create paper dolls of their own.

We are in the second half of the summer program, and  this has been fun and challenging for myself and the girls. This has challenged me to think of the process in my doll making and try to express that in a manageable, step by step way, so that the girls can comfortably work at their own skill levels. There are some girls who dived right in, already love to draw and are moving along pretty quickly. And some girls aren’t too confident in their drawing skills. So I have been working a little more closely with them, trying to reassure them that they are better at drawing than they think they are. All of the dolls that the girls are working on are as unique as each girl and full of imagination.

I hope that after this, the girls find a new hobby, maybe start drawing more often and are proud that they challenged themselves to do something outside of their comfort zone.

 

PEARLS summer group. Girls busy drawing their dolls.  

PEARLS summer group. Girls busy drawing their dolls.  

Stopping to buy supplies

Stopping to buy supplies

Some dolls are already pretty close to done.  

Some dolls are already pretty close to done.  

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Curls & Markers Debut!

My weekly newsletter, Curls & Markers will be debuting tomorrow. I plan to give weekly updates on my current in-progress work, discounts for merchandise in my etsy shop, as well as first dibs on new items, sales and offers! Don't miss out! 

BONUS: if you sign up for the newsletter before it debuts on August 2nd, you will receive a FREE instant downloadable coloring page, from my upcoming coloring book!!!

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My Favorite Mediums: Let’s Talk About Markers.

I have spent a lot of time drawing my characters in pen, scanning them and coloring them in Adobe Illustrator. I started using markers this past winter to color my illustrations, and I fell in love. It took some time to get used to the technique. Learning how to blend and build up color, depth and texture; this took a lot of practice. Currently, I use Prismacolor markers, and I really like the quality of the Blick store brand markers. These markers have a fine tip and a broad tip which make it easy to fill in any odd shapes and curve that I may draw. 

I use markers for my illustrations. But also, I use them for my earrings and pins.  

What I love the most about using markers: creating variations in skin tone and color. I'm pretty good at blending markers now. I can't wait to have a 300+ color collection of professional grade markers. 

 

Collection of some of my favorite marker illustrations of 2016

Collection of some of my favorite marker illustrations of 2016

Girl with locs. 2016

Girl with locs. 2016

Graphic pattern dress. 2016

Graphic pattern dress. 2016

Paper dolls with marker.  

Paper dolls with marker.  

Hipster.  

Hipster.  

This became a cute paper pin.  

This became a cute paper pin.  

Paper pins.  

Paper pins.  

I use markers when I make earrings.  

I use markers when I make earrings.  

 

How do you feel about drawing with markers? Have you tried it? Share in the comments!!

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30 Interesting & Odd Facts You May Not Know About Me

 What can I say about myself, other than I'm just a pretty laid back Midwest girl. Somehow I found 30 facts I could share. Enjoy!

1. Let’s start from the beginning, I was born in West Helena, Arkansas. 

2. I’ve lived in Milwaukee, WI since I was a baby. 

3. Except for 6 months living in Dallas TX, when I was 8. 

4. I am the Oldest child of 4 siblings. 

5. I’ve never met my biological father. 

6. I won a water pollution poster contest when I was in second grade. This is when I realized how important art is to me. 

7. I faintly remember almost being abducted when I was about 4, a stranger picked me up & ran down the street with me  

8. I was obsessed with Punky Brewster as a kid and dressed up like her for Halloween for year. 

9. When I was in high school, my favorite after school sandwich was peanut butter, jelly, cheddar and sliced carrots. 

10. I’ve never had a broken bone. 

11. I did sprain my ankle & had to use crutches when I was 18 because of my platform sneakers. 

12. I was in the 5th grade during the Jeffery Dahmer era-- before that happened, my elementary school used to take us to tour the Ambrosia Chocolate Factory, probably during Dahmer's employment there.

13. I was 28 when I took my first flight. 

14. I didn’t get my driver’s license or drive until I was 31. 

15. I once saw Eric Benet and Halle berry in the mall, WHILE listening to an Eric Benet cd in my Discman.. I’m so awkward, I just hurried in the opposite direction. 

16. I don’t like to wear matching socks. 

17. I have no tattoos. 

18. I had my tongue pierced when I was 19, but took it out after a year. I still have a slit in my tongue.

19. If my daughter Amaya were still alive today, she would be 9 years old. 

20. My daughter was an organ donor, and I spent some time speaking & spreading awareness about the need for organ donors after her death. 

21. I drink hot tea & coffee all year long, rarely drink iced coffee. 

22. I can quote the movie, My Girl almost verbatim. 

23. For about a year, I was convinced that The Blair Witch Project was real. And my best friend and I are so stoked about the new sequel. 

24. I had a childhood fear/fascination of tornados, and when we moved to Dallas, I was pretty paranoid.

25. In high school I used to come home to watch Jeopardy and play along. 

26. I had a pet parrot in high school, named Parabola. 

27. Some of the places I hope to visit in the future: Italy, Hawaii, Jamaica, Amsterdam, India, Toronto. 

28. I have identical twin nephews, Identical twin cousins and fraternal twin aunts. 

29. I'm right handed and three of my bestest friends are left handed. 

30. I took Spanish classes from 6th to 12th grade & I barely remember a word.

So, have you found out anything you didn't know about me? Tell me something about you and what you think of this list! Comment below!

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Upcoming Events: MOTHERS OF OUR NATIONS

I am proud to announce my participation as a guest artist with FROM HERE TO HER ‘s 2016 public art project, MOTHERS OF OUR NATIONS.

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 “MOTHERS OF OUR NATIONS, a new take on a small pop-up show we did in 2014, shines a light on the unique role women play in creating social change and groups of women leading the way in our own communities. Each of our artists has partnered with a local women-led group taking action to improve the world around them. We're spending quality time getting to know them and are creating original work to honor them and inspire other women to be change agents in their own lives and communities.”

Source:

http://www.fromheretoher.com/#/2016-public-art-project-1/

I have partnered with Pearls for Teen Girls for my project,

“PEARLS is a unique leadership development program serving girls middle school through high school, and beyond, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We empower girls to live out the PEARLS values: Personal Responsibility, Empathy, Awareness, Respect, Leadership and Support.”

Source:

http://www.pearlsforteengirls.com/

I’m volunteering with the group this summer, teaching the girls how to make self-portrait paper dolls. As well as creating dolls for the PFTG staff.  I’ll be sharing the progress here on my blog and during my FROM HERE TO HER IG Takeover, July 24th-30th. Follow @fromheretoher on Instagram for updates from all of the artists.

 Save the dates below:

Milwaukee Public Opening:November 12th, The Magnet Factory
Madison Public Opening:December 3rd, Gallery Marƶeń

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Selling on Etsy: Ready to Ship Items in my Etsy Shop!

My etsy shop is a work in progress. Currently I have a few stud earrings and paper dolls in stock, as well as ways to take in any custom requests. I have a growing list of the kinds of merchandise I'd like to offer. I'm slowly working my way down that list! The adult coloring book is in progress right now. Pins, mini illustrations, cards and totes are just a few of those things coming soon. 

Take a look at some of my favorite items currently listed and ready to ship in my shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KeghazIllus

Yancy. 2016 

Yancy. 2016 

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/288703793/articulated-paper-doll-unique-gift

This is probably my favorite of all the dolls I've made. Her cotton candy Afro puffs are the cutest. You can't help but love her and laid back personality. 

Teal faux jewel earrings.  

Teal faux jewel earrings.  

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/293712851/faux-jewel-earrings-shrink-plastic

I think these are adorable. I've learned a lot from making earrings with shrink plastic. I really enjoyed the process.  

Kiki. 2015 

Kiki. 2015 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/288878691/articulated-paper-doll-unique-gift

This doll was one of the first dolls I made. She was kinda the blueprint for the rest of the dolls moving forward. 

 

Earrings displayed in Kraft jewelry box.  

Earrings displayed in Kraft jewelry box.  

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/293718441/teal-purple-yellow-abstract-design

The marbled look on these earrings came from experimenting with different color combinations and sealing techniques on the surface. It's quite lovely. 

Tae. 2015 

Tae. 2015 

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/275229814/articulated-paper-doll-unique-gift

 

This is another one of the first dolls I made. It's hard to pic a favorite, I do love them all.  

 

Funky little earrings.  

Funky little earrings.  

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/292449367/abstract-design-earrings-green-yellow

I really have fun making these earrings, coming up with different graphics and textures. 

Hope you enjoyed that little tour! Keep an eye out for new items coming soon! 

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XOXO

-Kierston

Selling on Etsy: 5 Things I Did Wrong When I Started My Shop

I started using Etsy a few years ago to buy unique and super-cute handmade stuff. I love finding OOAK earrings and quirky vintage clothing. Etsy is the go-to place for that and much more. Last year, I decided that I wanted to sell some artwork online and so I opened my shop. I put up listings of original illustrations and crossed my fingers. I was sure they would sell because they were so cool. Nothing. My views were drier than an Arizona rattlesnake’s belly. I had a small following on Facebook & Instagram, but still, no shop action. But I really didn’t put any work into transferring my brand into the look & feel of my shop. Sure I had my logo and banner, which is unified across my social media platforms, but there was a lot that I had overlooked.

I didn’t realize until I bought this book, Etsy Empire, earlier this year just how wrong I had gotten the Etsy selling experience.

https://www.amazon.com/Etsy-Empire-Updated-March-2016-ebook/dp/B00KOF9PCU#nav-subnav

Boxes and label stickers for my earring shipments.  

Boxes and label stickers for my earring shipments.  

Here are 5 Things I Did Wrong When I Started My Shop:

Not treating my shop like a boutique.

Etsy isn’t just a site to post ‘decent’ images in hopes of a huge payday. So you’re an artist, jewelry maker, crochet-er, or doll maker? Guess what? There are THOUSANDS of shops with thousands of similar products on Etsy. Pretty easy to get lost in the mix. In order to stand out, you need to think critically about every part of the buying experience, so that potential buyers will have a little bit of a push to buy from your shop instead of any of the other makers like you. That means, going a little bit further to please your customers. I sell my handmade earrings and paper dolls primarily on Etsy and with every purchase, I give the customer either a handmade paper pin or a small original illustration. Have you ever purchased something online and were surprised by a little something extra, doesn’t that feel so awesome? It’s part of what I love about shopping on Etsy because I can’t get an experience like that everywhere.

I add extra stickers, and handwritten notes to each package I send as well. I add pretty washi tape and stickers to the outer packaging too! I want my customers to remember their experience and LOVE it enough to come back!

Customer who loves her free gift included with her purchase.  

Customer who loves her free gift included with her purchase.  

Customer photo with a free mini watercolor painting gift that I included in her package.  

Customer photo with a free mini watercolor painting gift that I included in her package.  

 Not staging photos.

The first time I added listings on Etsy last year, I only added one photo of each of my illustrations. It was just a close up of the illustration, just how it appeared on Instagram or on Facebook. Blah. Now, when I take photos of my earrings, I try to add some trinkets as props, and I take advantage of the option for 5 images per listing, I have photos on white, clean backgrounds, also on pretty paper. I also have photos of how the earrings look posed in the Kraft boxes. Buyers like to see the product “in action” if you are selling prints of your artwork, frame it and pose it on a nice table or on the wall. If you are selling clothing, get a friend to model, go outside and have some fun! Natural light is best, and you don’t need a fancy camera. I use my iPhone and Adobe Photoshop to get my pics as nice as I can.

Here’s a link to an easy DIY light box, this will help you take nice photos when going outside isn’t an option:

 http://www.flaxandtwine.com/2013/02/diy-photo-light-box-a-finish-fifty-project/

 https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/category/photography

Little pins on prop paper with trinket props.  

Little pins on prop paper with trinket props.  

Ice cream pin, with my jacket as a prop.  

Ice cream pin, with my jacket as a prop.  

Example of packaging photo.  

Example of packaging photo.  

Vague or too-short descriptions. 

Photos tell only part of the story, but descriptions, really spell it out for your customers, (ha! see what it did there)?  Take time to think about everything you need to inform your customer about regarding your product. Color, available variations, size, care instructions to name a few. Tell a story! Make it funny, but be clear. Don’t mislead your customers. if you’re selling vintage items make sure you disclose any imperfections. Let them know the colors may vary because of screen resolution, things like that. A strong description with keywords will also help with SEO, allowing your shop and listings to show up in more searches and build relevancy.

 https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/20-questions-your-buyers-are-asking-and/22795143310

Excerpt of my listing for these taco Tuesday earrings:  "Illustrate your ears! These shrink plastic button stud earrings make a unique gift for your sister, best friend, niece, mother, yourself, etc.! Taco Tuesday!! Everyone’s favorite day of the week! celebrate it in style, while you chomp on tacos & sip margaritas! Each design is hand drawn on shrink plastic, sealed with a clear coating and affixed to nickel-free earring posts"

Excerpt of my listing for these taco Tuesday earrings: 

"Illustrate your ears!

These shrink plastic button stud earrings make a unique gift for your sister, best friend, niece, mother, yourself, etc.!

Taco Tuesday!!

Everyone’s favorite day of the week! celebrate it in style, while you chomp on tacos & sip margaritas!

Each design is hand drawn on shrink plastic, sealed with a clear coating and affixed to nickel-free earring posts"

 Blank Policies/profile

Would you feel comfortable buying something from a shop with no policies listed plainly? You never know, unforeseen circumstances may arise and there may be an issue with a purchase. You may need to return or exchange an item, only to find out after your purchase that’s not allowed. Knowing that information beforehand may be the deciding factor on whether or not you’d want to shop there, right?  Many custom and made to order items on Etsy are not refundable, and understandably so. But what happens if an item arrives damaged? Or your customer ordered a non-custom item that they aren’t happy with? How would you handle that? Make sure your policies are clear on what you can and cannot do in these situations. Even if you never experience an unhappy customer, its best to be prepared. How you handle these not so perfect situations will say a lot about your shop’s professionalism and help to hopefully build its reputation.

 https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/add-clear-policies-to-your-shop-in-just/39972427549

 Optimizing tagging and titles for search. 

No one can buy your items if they can’t FIND them! When I first started my shop, I gave my listings titles like “Girl dreams about life”, “handsome man and his thoughts”, “elegance”, “joy”.  No one is searching for that! As artists, we love to give our work titles that are more about how the work makes us feel. Titles and tags for searching on Etsy should be more specific, but still short, 2-3 word phrases work best. Make sure your tags match the phrases in your titles!

 https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/category/getting-found

I hope these tips are helpful! These are things I learned that changed my shop in a huge way! Success isn’t overnight. I’m still tweaking my listings, photos and descriptions constantly as I continue to learn new tips and tricks. Find a team on Etsy or a group on Facebook with other shop owners willing to share what they’ve learned and how it’s helped them!

Checkout the funky earrings and paper dolls in my shop here:

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/KeghazIllus?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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-Kierston

My Favorite Mediums: Let's talk about Pen.

I switched to drawing with pens in my sketchbook instead of pencils a long time ago, probably high school. The pencil sketches would smudge and I hated that I couldn’t get the lines to stay crisp. Back then, I was trying to draw more realistically, and I’m not good at that, I knew that early on. I was more interested in the story and the characters in my artwork than perfecting the form. Plus, I really have the WORST handwriting/penmanship, so in school I needed a nice fine tip pen to even attempt to write anything legibly, well that’s if I wanted to actually take notes to study with. And since most of my notetaking in school primarily consisted of doodles and daydreams, drawing with pens became my favorite way to draw.

Ponytails Sketch.  

Ponytails Sketch.  

Brain drop Sketch.  

Brain drop Sketch.  

Geometrical fade Sketch.  

Geometrical fade Sketch.  

Sunday Hat sketch.  

Sunday Hat sketch.  

 

Neatness was definitely not a priority when I drew, and it still isn’t when I’m freehand sketching. I loved the texture of the pen scrawling & scribbles, and building up the dimensions with varying my pen pressure on the paper.

Nowadays I work primarily in pen, but I try to be a little more clean with my strokes and more decisive with my pen marks. I use pencil lightly to sketch my ideas, placement, expressions etc. then I add in the permanent lines.

From here, I color in with my markers or I scan the image & add color in Adobe Illustrator.

Bree. marker illustration. 

Bree. marker illustration. 

Rosy  marker illustration. 

Rosy  marker illustration. 

Garnerstyle. digital.  

Garnerstyle. digital.  

When I draw in a freehand manner with my pen, its generally in these curvy and semi connected shapes. I can do this for hours, throw on some music, or a podcast (We Hate Movies, The Read, MmHmm Girl, 2 Dope Queens, This American Life—my go-to broadcasts) or I pull up Seinfeld reruns on Hulu and zone out. I draw them as just outlines, sometimes as part of a zentangle or I spend time coloring them in with fine point sharpies.

Freehand pattern.  

Freehand pattern.  

Freehand pattern.  

Freehand pattern.  

When I create, I use pen primarily and it's the medium I am most comfortable with.

What do you think about drawing with pen? Would you try it? Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

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Coming Soon: a very KG Adult Coloring Book!

I'm plowing through a lot of Micron pens these days, as I crank out illustrations for the coloring book. I hope to have at least 20 pages of detailed scenes to provide hours of coloring enjoyment. Get your markers, colored pencils and/or crayons in formation! 

Half of the book will be portraits with patterned backgrounds, similar to my Hair Obsessed Series from 2015, not as detailed however.  http://www.keghaznavi.com/#/hairobsessed/

 

Coloring page in progress.  

Coloring page in progress.  

The other half of the book will be everyday scenes, bike riding, chilling on the couch, house party, picnic and more. 

 

A glimpse at a few finished pages... 

A glimpse at a few finished pages... 

I'm about 3/4 of the way done with the illustrations and I expect that I have a few weeks of work to do before its complete. Want to know when this will be available? Sign up for my newsletter, coming in August to be informed, get sneak peeks, discounts etc.:

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I hope to have a lot more coming your way!  

-Kierston  

 

 

Picnic page in progress... 

Picnic page in progress... 

So you make Paper Dolls?

I was an imaginative kid. I played with dolls, of course, as a little girl growing up in the 80s. I loved my Cabbage Patch Kids and my Strawberry Shortcake. But honestly, I could have a thoroughly good time playing with anything.  I would gather up flowers & give them each a name and sit in the grass for hours playing 'house'. As I got older, I spent more time drawing to illustrate these imaginary stories I thought up. Then came the paper doll making. I loved fashion, but I was always an overweight kid/teen & back then there was nothing fashionable about those clothes. So I drew what I wished I could wear and I made beautiful modelesque paper dolls out of what I had available. Ruled notebooks. I would cut out my dolls from the sturdy backs of the notebooks and draw clothing on the rules pages  I'd pose them and draw friends, boyfriends, settings. My homework and notes might have ended up on crumpled paper, but hey!

As i got older, I still kept my love for play and dolls, but more as a play-time assistant to my younger siblings, nieces and nephews. I never stopped drawing though, but I did stop making dolls. 

 

 

 

Ebony. 2015 sold 

Ebony. 2015 sold 

 So, last year- I went back. My illustrated characters have so much personality and individuality on the page. Making paper doll versions of these characters was a way for me to bring them to life, and revisit that time in my life when I was an imaginative kid, full of ideas and fully devoted to play.  

Nakia.  2016 sold

Nakia.  2016 sold

My dolls are not tall, thin model types, exclusively. My dolls represent and accept all body types. My dolls represent characters who are happy, beautiful, confident and unapologetic about it!  My dolls give representation to girls and women who may have been told they are not worthy because of their uniqueness. My dolls are beautiful BECAUSE of their uniqueness. So yeah, I make paper dolls.

Kiki. 2015 

Kiki. 2015 

Greg. 2016

Greg. 2016

Check out the dolls and earrings in my etsy shop:

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-Kierston