The Traveling Artist

After a surprise two-and-a-half month vacation, this is what I have to show for myself.

I broke my ankle the day before I was supposed to fly back from Baltimore and the aftermath was depressing. I needed surgery and I was immobile for weeks and weeks. Not only that, but large amounts of time were spent utterly useless on pain killers. However, I was determined not to let this become a total loss. My immobility left me with not much else to do except for draw and write. Painting had to take a back seat, but my pen and ink skills took a turn for the better (in my opinion).

I’ll be honest, I was fighting depression every step of the way here. But I was determined to make something of this experience. I was confronted with crippling debt from medical bills and being out of work for months and it put a lot of pressure on me. Even my grandma called me out on my life choices.

“Katie, you have a degree from UCLA. Why are you working a minimum wage job?”

Good point, Memine. I hear ya.

The thing is, it was a gut check. I didn’t want to sell out for a desk job just yet. I’ve never really given this art thing a shot. I’ve thought about it. Sure, I made this website, but I’ve never REALLY tried to make something of all of this (dare I say….talent?) so I spent my bed-ridden days and nights drawing and thinking and drawing some more. And this is what I came up with:

So without further delay… here is the product of my environment over the past 77 days.

Lots and lots of coffee mugs:


And cross-hatching mountain ranges…


And drawing Minions…






Among other things…

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This is me, once again  in my element. It’s good to be back.


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