I could get lost on Behance.  There’s so much crazy talent over there that it makes me both incredibly inspired and a bit envious all at the same time.  So instead of hoarding away all of the gorgeous art, design, and illustrations I see every week, I’d like to share them with you in the hopes that you, too, will be as inspired as I am.  Sorry in advance about the art envy.

For this first week, I’d like to share the work of illustrator Lisk Feng.  Lisk is originally from China, but is now living in Maryland and is pursuing her MFA in illustration at MICA.  She has published several books in China and I can only hope that she publishes here in the States so I can get my hot little hands on her work.


Check out more of Lisk’s work on her website or over on Behance.


by Kayla on 06/12/2014

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Dude Relax: lettering by Kayla King |kaylakingdesign.comI hope everyone has a great Memorial weekend!

Lettering and illustration by me.  :)  To see more of my work, please check out my portfolio.


by Kayla on 05/23/2014

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The Neighbors on Minted's Julep Blog


I was poking around Minted’s Julep blog the other day (admittedly, looking for special prize announcements) and came across this post featuring suggestions for great art prints for newlyweds.  My art print “The Neighbors” is featured in the #2 spot!  You can check out all the print colorways here, and read the full post here.


by Kayla on 02/24/2014

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I designed a couple of posters last week for a contest held by the San Diego Latino Film Festival.  I love entering these things as it forces me to think outside my comfort zone a bit.  What do you think?  Which one do you like best?

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King

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by Kayla on 12/04/2013

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Do The Twist - Moodboard by Kayla King |
I’m working on a really fun project right now doing graphic design and illustration for a local business in San Luis Obispo. The end product will be an A-frame sidewalk board used for advertising in a very visible part of the downtown area. I’m really excited about this one. The client wanted something 60′s inspired with lots of color and texture. This is the mood board I put together for the project. Can’t wait to share more!

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by Kayla on 08/27/2013

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50s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com60s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com70s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com80s Gal by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com90s Gal by Kayla King |

Maybe I’ve been watching too many SATC, Friends, and Seinfeld reruns, maybe it’s having watched The Breakfast Club for the first time over the weekend (WHAT?!. I KNOW). Maybe it’s the new project I’m working on, but I had a little fun over the weekend drawing some ladies by decade the last few days. I kept the face shape the same, but changed the hair, shirt, and glasses to reflect the appropriate decade to which each belongs. Can you guess the decade each gal belongs to?

You can see more of my work and plenty of silly characters in my portfolio.


by Kayla on 08/26/2013

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Zoo Parade by Kayla King
Happy Friday everyone!  Today I wanted to share a new illustration that I did for Minted last week, along with the process behind it.  I often get asked about my drawing process, so this post is a long time coming.  I’ll do my best to break it down, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.  I’m happy to share my secrets (p.s. they’re not at all secret).

So the first thing I always start with is a sketch.  It doesn’t matter if I’m hand inking the drawing (as in this particular piece) or drawing straight into Photoshop or Illustrator, I feel most comfortable with a pencil and paper and feel that it helps me get my ideas out in a way that is much less restrictive than if I draw straight from my crazy brain into the computer.  This piece was designed for, for a children’s art challenge.  My goal was to create a piece that was fun and illustrative that kids would enjoy looking at in their room, but could be personalized as a gift for new parents, as well.

I like to start with a small thumbnail sketch (or sketches), trying to think out the initial composition.  You will see here that all I knew at this point was that I wanted some animals and instruments.  I wanted the animals to all come from the same region of the world so it didn’t seem haphazard, so I went with Africa.  I made a list off to the left of my sketch of a bunch of animals that seemed like they might work in this piece. I didn’t end up using all of them, but it’s a good reference to be able to come back to if you get stuck later.  I also made a list of instruments commonly found in a marching band.  I would have loved to have had the lion playing the banjo, but for consistency, I took it out, as banjo’s aren’t found in marching bands.

Next, I laid out rough sketches of the animals in approximate body positions with the instruments I wanted them to be playing.  I also started to think about putting them in band uniforms here.  You’ll see the instruments and uniforms change throughout the process.

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After rough sketching, I like to take a first pass at inking.  I use tracing paper and micron pens for this task.  I used a Micron .005 here.

I wanted to show the evolution of some of the animals here.  I first had an antelope where the zebra was, but I felt like I needed a visually heavier animal here, so I drew a zebra instead.  I felt like the stripes of the zebra lent a better visual weight in that space.
Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

I thought about incorporating a honey badger, but he didn’t have quite the character of meerkat, so he was nixed. Hedgehog swapped out a harmonica for a simplified take on a bugle.  I also started thinking about how to add personalized elements.  Hedgehog got a hat and banner for this purpose.
Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingZoo Parade Process by Kayla King

Once I got all the animals worked out with their approximate personalized elements and locations, I overlayed the entire piece with a fresh sheet of trace paper. I inked the entire piece all together at this point and scanned it into the computer.  A little cleanup in Photoshop using Levels and the eraser tool and it looked pretty good to me.  Time to bring it into Illustrator for color and text.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingIn Illustrator, I began by coloring the band uniforms using the pen tool.  I chose a pink fill color for now.  I also added some vector music notes.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingAs I colored, I made groups of all the same elements: band uniforms, sheet music, banners, cheeks, and birds.  This makes it easy to select everything in one color group later on.  Alternatively, you can click on the element you want to change color and then Select>Same to select everything with the same fill, stroke, or both.  It’s pretty handy.

Once I had everything pathed where I wanted color, I added in the personalized text.  I used the type on a path tool for some of the curved text elements.

Now, Minted always wants 2-3 colorways for their artwork, so I went ahead and created some different color groups.  I made sure to group all the color elements together and then simply copied that group twice, right on top of itself.  I turned off the two new groups to focus on the colors for this first colorway.  I knew I liked the fuscia, so that’s where I started.  Here’s a handy tool in Illustrator for quickly looking at different color combinations: in your panels, you’ll find a little tool called “Color Guide”. With your base color selected, click on the color guide.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

This tool gives you a palette of colors based on your selected color. You have shades to the left and tints to the right.  Now, these colors were a little boring for me, so within this Color Guide tool, there is another one located at the bottom of the palette.  It looks like a color wheel and is a tool to edit or apply colors.  Click it.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

Within this command, you can look at lots of different color combinations very quickly.  The drop down box at the top shows you different color combinations on the color wheel.

Process-9Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingIf you click on the edit tab within this tool, you can check out all the colors in that color group.  You can view the color wheel three different ways and recolor your art quickly based on the new base color you choose.  For example, I am looking at the color wheel in a segmented view here.  I’ve moved the primary color over to the yellow area and chosen “Tetrad 2″ under the Harmony Rules tab.  When I check the “recolor art” box at the bottom left, BOOM!  Color palette changed.  The possibilities are endless. You can also save interesting color palettes so you can apply them later.

I wanted to share this trick in case some of you hadn’t played with it before.  Not only is is a neat way to see lots of different color combos, it’s a huge time saver.  Bonus.

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingThe final three color schemes I came up with are below:

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla KingNow, all I have to do is turn my text back on and the piece is finished!

Zoo Parade Process by Kayla King

Did you guys like this post? Would you be interested in seeing more process posts? If so (or if not), let me know! Hollar back on Twitter @InklingPaper or in the comments below!

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by Kayla on 07/12/2013

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painting by christina carroll |

I met my dear friend Christina on the first day of beginning art class while attending junior college.  She walked into the classroom and just oozed cool and confidence.  She had a silver nose ring and a tiny star tattoo on her ankle.  She was loud, with a big voice and even bigger hair.  She was my polar opposite, but from that first moment I saw her, I wanted to be her friend.  Fast forward eleven years, two college degrees, marriages, first home purchases, and one adorable baby boy (hers, not mine) and I’m still so happy that I get to call her my friend.  Even if we don’t talk or get to see each other as much as we used to, it just feels like we can pick up where we left off each time.  One of the best kinds of friendship, in my opinion.

For my thirtieth birthday this year, she took me out for drinks and unveiled this gorgeous painting.  One that I’d been wanting for years, but never knew what it looked like.  This girl just gets me.  And especially my taste in art. The best part?  She painted it just for me.  An original, my friends.  How lucky am I?

So here it is, friends.  One of the best gifts I’ve ever received.  I wanted to take a picture and show it off.  It brightens up my living room in the best way and I love how it just pops against the grey wall in our living room. Thank you, Tina, from the bottom of my heart. I love you, friend.

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See more of Christina’s work in her Etsy shop and on her blog. For original works, contact her here.

Other art in this post from left: my original drawing for Restless.  Limited edition prints available at  Original encaustic deer piece by Amy Ruppel.

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by Kayla on 04/23/2013

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Desert Fox by Kayla King for |
I’m excited to announce that my art print Desert Fox is now available for sale on! I’ve been waiting a while for this one to launch, so I’m super excited to share that the day is here!  I created the print in three different colorways in the hopes that THIS fantastic Mr. Fox will find a home in a little boy OR little girl’s room.

I put together a little nursery inspiration below, how I would design a nursery around this piece. I imagine a little explorer, curious about the stars and planets in the sky and the animals and bugs on the earth.  Mint, yellow, and neutrals round out the room with a simple white crib anchoring the space.

Desert Fox Room Inspiration |
Products: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 / 07 / 08 / 09


by Kayla on 04/03/2013

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We have this huge wall in our house, right when you walk in the front door that’s been begging me to put art on it since we bought our house. So….about 4 years now. I’ve been collecting some smaller prints and photos, but I think anchoring the whole arrangement with a big statement print would be freaking fantastic. What do you think?  I love the bold red in that cat print, but a more subtle pattern like the lower right gold print would just really class up the joint.

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Here are a few favorites I’ve got bookmarked for when I can save my pennies:


Images: 1/2/3/4
Prints, clockwise from top left: 1/2/3/4

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by Kayla on 02/25/2013

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