Inky big hoot adventure part two…


Hello again its me the dust covered inky illustrator!

I know I’m sorry, I’m so bad lately with my little blog here as I’ve been up to lots of different projects and to do’s which to say the least has taken more time than I expected! Day’s rolled into a whole month and I’m back to share with you the final part of my big hoot story .  So where was I? Ah after day one in the studio I spent around 5 more days going to and from Birmingham to get my inky owl finished.


Lesson two however was when you’re going to do this kind of project bare in mind that it’s a lot of work and you’re not wonder woman, I put so much stress and pressure on myself which really didn’t go down to well health wise, so note to self give yourself a break next time. The paint also needed at least 3-4 coats in places to really cover the owl perfectly to avoid transparency or patchy paintwork ( I envied how easily people spraying a base on looked apart from the smelly fumes lol).


Before I knew it my brown inky owl was all done and ready to fly the nest for the Big hoot launch this July. We made our way to the Fort Dunlop building where the launch was held and I have to say guys despite the 2 hour drive it was fantastic. I had no idea what a big impact taking part in the big hoot project would have on me, not only as a illustrator but a person to. If you were to ask me if I would take on another project like this I would definitely say yes. image I challenged myself in so many ways and was able to prove that despite the self doubt we can feel no matter what you’re afraid of or unsure of possibly achieving you can if you just try. The outcome might always be a mystery but if its good then it will all have been worth it. The big brown inky owl is currently on display outside the Jewelery quarter building ( my very kind sponsors), so if you happen to be in the area be sure to take some time checking out all the wonderful owls!

Inky illustrator over and out! Katie x


Don’t be afraid to try new things #thoughtoftheday



Sometimes its scary to try new things when you pour your heart into something for so long. Art isn’t an easy path but if you know the road you’re following and are focused you can find people who connect with what you do and want a piece of your talent. For months and months I made artwork that I purely felt other people would like, so many of us fall into that hole of trying to fit the role of pleasing others however art is about self enjoyment to.

You have to make art you are excited to produce, excited to share and excited to make again and again. I recently realized where a part of my inky passion lies and wish I had discovered it months ago. This isn’t to say I don’t love producing elegant inky drawings but by combining my illustration with another passion its like double the fuel to keep going, because I’ve also found people who share that passion and admire my talents.

So my best advice would be that if something you are trying isn’t working, it doesn’t mean its a bad idea because sometimes great idea’s need tweaking and making even more fabulous than they were before. 

Katie xx

Happy easter + #easterguinea diy colouring page printable freebie!


 Happy Easter!

It’s april already and the year is flying by! Since its now the easter holidays though I pondered on the fact that the easter bunny has so much popularity during this time of year, but what about the guineapigs! So getting my inky imagination going and putting pen to paper I created the “Easter Guinea” !

Whilst the easter bunnies elsewhere delivering more eggs, I figured that an extra cute recruit on an egg hunt would be the perfect edition to make this holiday even more fun for piggie lovers and those who love to relax colouring.

Easter Guinea Colouring page

So if you want something to do to pass the time, have fun or help you to relax during the holidays you’re very welcome to print and colour my inky easter guinea! All you have to do is click the above inky image , right click and print ( you may want to check your printer settings to ensure the picture isn’t stretched and prints A4 perfectly ).

Then you can colour away to your hearts content and even do multiple easter guineapigs matching the piggie pals you have at home! Once you’re done I’d love to see your finished easterguineas on instagram, so snap a picture and tag me @kateleonardillustration plus #easterguinea then I can find and admire all your piggies to!

This is my inky easter gift from me to you and you’re welcome to colour it for your own personal use and enjoyment (non-commercial).

Kate x