Kikillustration

Website: www.kikillustration.com Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. My name is Kristen Dondzila, I just go by Kiki. I have spent most my life in Canton, MI where I grew up. As a kid I always enjoyed the unusual, unlike most girls I knew I was into drawing using my imagination and was more of a tomboy. Not only did I spend a lot of time inside doing creative things I also spent a lot of time outside exploring nature. I enjoyed snowboarding and even motocross. I was always interested in art but never really realized my potential until college. My first two years were spent at Schoolcraft Community College, in Michigan. At Schoolcraft I played soccer on a full scholarship. I believe that playing sports and being active has made me the hard worker I am today and why I enjoy pushing myself to the next level. While I was at community college I spent any free time I had (which wasn't much) painting because it is what I really loved to do. Still to this day I have yet to take a painting class, most of what I know is just from experimenting and watching others. This is when I realized I was done playing soccer and just wanted to be an artist, only problem was I wasn't sure what major I would get. I didn't want to go into painting because I was worried about becoming one of those starving artists. After a bit of research I chose Motion Graphics attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD. At SCAD I was able to get portfolio and academic scholarships. Yet after my first year of being a Motion Graphics major I realized I wasn't enjoying myself anymore because I had no time to paint. Even though I had excellent grades and was learning a lot, I just felt very limited by being on the computer all the time. I ended up taking a year off, working for a while and spending time painting. I continued to look into other majors that would be a better fit for me. This is when I found illustration and honestly, going back to school for this major, was the best decision I could have ever made. My experience in illustration has been life changing. I came back to school with a whole new mind set and have been spending every single day learning and pushing myself to be a better artist. Although for me it wasn't enough, I wanted to do something different, bigger and better! Over my two week break before fall classes of 2013 I decided to take one of my digital illustrations and recreate it as a large scale painting. Mostly because all the digital classes I was taking really just made me miss working in a traditional medium. The digital illustration I choose was Mad Monkey and it was the first in my circus zombie series. The first question I asked myself when starting the first painting was oils or acrylics? The answer was found by looking up one of my favorite artists Greg "Craola" Simkins, he too worked in acrylics, also I'm not to fond of oils in the first place. From here my process is simple but very time consuming. It starts off just like my digital work and work up my values in grey scale before adding color. I work up my color/paint is layering and I mean layering a lot! The end result is well worth the time I put in. My passion has become working on large scale paintings, they feel so alive even the undead ones. I am going to be graduating this spring 2014, single, pregnant, proud and with honors. I will start the MFA Painting program at SCAD summer 2014. In the end I still find it funny that I went from painting for fun, through several long years of school trying to work things out, many wrong turns later, I came back full circle to just painting. Honestly it is just what I was meant to do. Starving or not. Kikillustration joined Society6 on March 31, 2014

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Website: www.kikillustration.com

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

My name is Kristen Dondzila, I just go by Kiki. I have spent most my life in Canton, MI where I grew up. As a kid I always enjoyed the unusual, unlike most girls I knew I was into drawing using my imagination and was more of a tomboy. Not only did I spend a lot of time inside doing creative things I also spent a lot of time outside exploring nature. I enjoyed snowboarding and even motocross. I was always interested in art but never really realized my potential until college. My first two years were spent at Schoolcraft Community College, in Michigan.

At Schoolcraft I played soccer on a full scholarship. I believe that playing sports and being active has made me the hard worker I am today and why I enjoy pushing myself to the next level. While I was at community college I spent any free time I had (which wasn't much) painting because it is what I really loved to do. Still to this day I have yet to take a painting class, most of what I know is just from experimenting and watching others. This is when I realized I was done playing soccer and just wanted to be an artist, only problem was I wasn't sure what major I would get. I didn't want to go into painting because I was worried about becoming one of those starving artists. After a bit of research I chose Motion Graphics attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD.

At SCAD I was able to get portfolio and academic scholarships. Yet after my first year of being a Motion Graphics major I realized I wasn't enjoying myself anymore because I had no time to paint. Even though I had excellent grades and was learning a lot, I just felt very limited by being on the computer all the time. I ended up taking a year off, working for a while and spending time painting. I continued to look into other majors that would be a better fit for me. This is when I found illustration and honestly, going back to school for this major, was the best decision I could have ever made. My experience in illustration has been life changing. I came back to school with a whole new mind set and have been spending every single day learning and pushing myself to be a better artist. Although for me it wasn't enough, I wanted to do something different, bigger and better!

Over my two week break before fall classes of 2013 I decided to take one of my digital illustrations and recreate it as a large scale painting. Mostly because all the digital classes I was taking really just made me miss working in a traditional medium. The digital illustration I choose was Mad Monkey and it was the first in my circus zombie series. The first question I asked myself when starting the first painting was oils or acrylics? The answer was found by looking up one of my favorite artists Greg "Craola" Simkins, he too worked in acrylics, also I'm not to fond of oils in the first place. From here my process is simple but very time consuming. It starts off just like my digital work and work up my values in grey scale before adding color. I work up my color/paint is layering and I mean layering a lot! The end result is well worth the time I put in. My passion has become working on large scale paintings, they feel so alive even the undead ones.

I am going to be graduating this spring 2014, single, pregnant, proud and with honors. I will start the MFA Painting program at SCAD summer 2014. In the end I still find it funny that I went from painting for fun, through several long years of school trying to work things out, many wrong turns later, I came back full circle to just painting. Honestly it is just what I was meant to do. Starving or not.

Kikillustration joined Society6 on March 31, 2014.

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