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

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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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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!!

You can still get a free coloring page before the coloring book is published, just sign up for the Newsletter here and get a printable sheet!

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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.  

I'll continue to post updates before the shows this fall. Sign up for my newsletter for VIP access: 

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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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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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