My name is Lisa Moore and I’m the artist behind Keepin’ It Kawaii. I started my artistic career over a decade ago in the Comic Book industry. I’m going to start by detailing that here a bit for you and then I will close with how this whole Clip Art thing came to be!
I started my career in 2007 I believe, I stumbled into a job that I absolutely adored. I feel so blessed to have been involved in the industry for as long as I have been. My entire comic career I was a Colorist. To explain a bit, comic books require a team of artists to complete. Each book usually has 5 or 6 people involved. There is the writer, then the artist, inker, colorist, letterer and usually an editor to round out the whole thing.
I started out as an assistant to several other colorists in the business. Basically just doing some steps that saved them time. After a couple years of that, I began doing the entire coloring process myself. I was lucky enough to work on some Licensed properties that I absolutely adore. My first major coloring job was for the Darkwing Duck comic from Boom! Studios. I am a huge Disney nerd so working for them in any capacity was such a dream fulfilled. Over the years I was able to work on other favorites of mine such as Care Bears, Garfield, Peanuts (I am a such a huge fan of Charles Schulz that this is my absolute favorite project to date!), and Bravest Warriors.
In 2015 I started a Small Press Comic Book company with my favorite person, Brant Fowler. Pictured above. We are still working on this dream and releasing what I think are some fantastic comics. Don’t believe me? Check us out! The company is called Last Ember Press. I am able to stretch my comic coloring, inking and writing muscles over at LEP.
That brings me to now July 2017. While I love the Comic Book industry and adore the work we do at LEP I was starting to feel a need to stretch into a role that fits who I am now. Comics are a difficult industry with really tough deadlines. There is also the fact that everything I work on, while fun, isn’t my own creation. So while I enjoy the work, certain aspects of the job began to lose the appeal they once had. While Brant and I were doing the local comic convention circuit the past couple of years for Last Ember Press I began drawing a bit. Mainly for merchandise for our table, usually just cute super hero stickers (They turned into some of our most popular items!). I loved it, but in the end, I was still drawing other peoples characters.
So why Clip-Art? Well, that’s an easy answer. I wanted to use my art to create things that will help people other people have an easier time designing. I have been a designer in some capacity for as long as I can remember. I know how valuable good art is and what a difference it can make for the product you want to produce. So while that is a factor, the biggest one is that my sister is a teacher. She gave me the idea to start up a store on TeachersPayTeachers.com. It was the best idea anyone could have given me. I had no idea that teachers were using this fantastic platform to create a second income for themselves. Teaching is such a hard job, I am so proud of what my sister accomplishes every day. That isn’t my calling, but art is. So if I can use my art to in turn help other teachers like my sister, that makes my job so much more rewarding. So not only am I helping Teachers, but my work is begin used to teach kids. I cannot think of anything better!
With Keepin’ It Kawaii I stretch my artistic muscles in ways I have never been able to before. I am learning so much already and this journey has just begun!