After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and minors in Illustration and Entrepreneurship, I spent a couple of years working customer service in a retail store before deciding it was time to concentrate on my own creativity. So in late 2015 I set out to begin the process of supporting myself with my art. I made a website and began streaming my creative process, eventually becoming a Patreon creator in 2017.
I will continue to work on building my brand as a full-time Streamer, completing commissions and building my community. I have also begun to develop my skills as a mini comic artist. For the longest time I imagined sharing with this world the extensive world I dreamed up as a kid. Over the years it continued to build and slowly grow in something I just can't keep to myself anymore. Proud of my characters and creations, I am happy to finally share this new step with many of you, especially friends and family who have helped me reach this point.
At some point I plan on returning to university for my Masters in either Animation or Concept Art. Inspired by both video game concept art and animation (both 2D and 3D), I hope to teach myself what I can while building my business and before going back to school.
Keylligraphy Ink - the ORIGIN
The name, Keylligraphy Ink, came from a discussion about creative titles with my senior graphic design class. I ultimately chose Keylligraphy Ink as my business name because I felt it reflects my ability to unlock the creative mind within others and bring those ideas into the world with my artistic skills (and also because I love puns).
KeyInk - Twitch Channel
On Twitch I am known as KeyInk* where I stream my art work in the Creative Channel, with the occasional Game Stream. Most of my projects have been for other Twitch Streamers, such as FireDragon, whose commissions have helped me become a full-time streamer . With FireDragon's commissions, I began the journey to becoming a Twitch Graphic Designer creating designs for t-shirts, banners, splash art, and, most recently the very popular, Twitch emotes & bit badges, making every overlay and emote as awesome, fun and unique as their Streamers are! So a big shout out to FireDragon for helping me get my start and recommending me to his other streamer friends.
Stream Schedule (2019) - KeyInk
Tuesday thru Friday, 1pm -4pm US Mountain Time
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*Previously my username was RayKaladis. The reason I decided to change my name from RayKaladis to KeyInk is because I am trying to pull away from the name Kaladis and put my business more in the spotlight. Sadly, KeylligraphyInk isn't a very great 'Gamer Tag' as they call it. So I have shortened it to KeyInk for that reason.
I have been drawing for about 15 years (give or take) learning mostly on my own through trial and error. Working through my style, learning how to spot those artistic bad habits and mistakes. Reading a lot of books (and I mean a lot). Slowly but surely developing my own style, and learning how to love my art regardless of mistakes I make. Finding my interest in art was a child, and it was purely out of spite. My little brother was better at everything we did together, learning how to use the phone, ride a bike, stuff like that. Then one day i find out he "can't Draw" not saying i was good either but... I was like "HA!" and just kept at it.
The reason why I say I am self taught a lot, during streams and whenever I am asked really, is because throughout most of my life I was told "I could not draw" or "You aren't an artist". Growing up hearing your teacher, who is suppose to support your interests and help you grow, say those things were very... annoying. I liked drawing, i loved it. I couldn't stop drawing and I frankly didn't. I stop relying on them to tell what to do. And started relying more on myself to teach myself how to draw and even later on digitally paint.
How long have you been drawing?
What program do you use for artwork?
The programs I use currently are Clip Studio Paint & Affinity Design. The reason why I use these two particular programs is for a few reason. One being that I can not afford Adobe's programs and Creative Cloud, I have also had personal ... negative experiences with both Photoshop and Illustrator (crashing and file saving issues). Clip Studio is what I use for digitally painting, it works like a mix blend of Photoshop, Manga Studio, and Paint Tool Sai. Without the subscription fees that come with Adobe. Affinity Design is a Vector program similar to what Illustration is, however it dose work differently than Adobe Illustrator in a lot of ways. Comparing the two, Adobe Illustrator a good program for making those same vector projects in large sizes, but there are times I feel the finished product is stale or appears almost static in feeling. While with Affinity it fits my personal style for colorful and round vectors graphics, there are things missing that I do miss from Illustrator but it isn't enough to really change my mind and go back to Adobe's subscription.
How did you learn to draw & color?
Well, I am self taught in a lot of ways because I just had really terrible art teachers growing up. It wasn't until college till I found a few very amazing art teachers but at that point I was already dedicated to my Graphic Design bachelors degree. How I learned on my own, was mostly through trial and error, studying many books that I bought with my own money or asked for birthdays. Learning the most about the Anime Style while middle school, and that just launched me further into finding my style. High school was interesting because, I feel like I grew the most during high school even though my teacher was hold me back a lot. High school was the year I started to really get my hands on digital art, having a Dell laptop, a Wacom Bamboo tablet and a copy of Photoshop. I never realized how much I loved color until I started really working on Photoshop. Before then I just enjoyed using mechanical pencils, and Micron Ink pens to create my work.
There are a lot of books I still own, though I did remove the ones that were from my first encounter with anime artwork. But I did save a google doc with all the books I own now free to view.