Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Pre-order 👍 Illustrated Sentences. Vol. 1 🕮


🕮 Illustrated Sentences. Vol. 1 🕮

 DUE: September 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Funded on Kickstarter. Now the work begns.

I proposed (on Kickstarter) to illustrate sentences for a book written by a crowd.
I offer to allow backers to write the sentences I would then illustrate.
I planned to combine the ideas of my backers and turn them into one story (or maybe three shorter stories).
I had ideas already started, but I wanted to get other artist/writers involved in what I think and know will be a fun experiment for all.
The Kickstarter got some attention and funded a day before the deadline. As of today, backers are busy writing their sentences to forward on to me and illustrations will begin as soon as all sentences are received.
The deadline for the finished book is September 2019.
You can preorder here.

And feel free to help spread the news about this awesome project!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Illustrated Sentences - My first Kickstarter

My name is Kathe Welch.
I am an artist, art teacher, writer and farmer without a tractor. I finished my first book The Last Monkey in 2017 and I am ready to make the next one. For this book, I need collaborators.
I am proposing to illustrate sentences for you. I will write the sentences or illustrate yours. I will combine the ideas of a bunch of my backers and turn them into one story (or maybe three shorter stories).
I have a few ideas already started, but I want to get some other artist/writers involved in what I think will be a fun experiment for me and hopefully for you.
Now I am looking to you.  You decide.
Check out more HERE.

Monday, January 28, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Illustrated sentences & a book.

January 28, 2019


A Kickstarter // Make 100 - mini project.

Gaston, Oregon — Local artist Kathe Welch is making her next book. She is seeking a large group of collaborators to help write the text. Kathe is using kickstarter to organize and fund her project. She invites the public to join her in this endeavor. And to help spread the word about this exciting project.

In her description from the main Kickstarter page, Ms. Welch says, “I am illustrating sentences. Mine or yours. I will turn the pile of drawings in to a book. It will totally make sense…”

Ms. Welch has spent the last 15 years as an Art  Educator working with students at the middle and high school level in California and Oregon. She has done similar projects with her students and has seen amazing results. She has the ability to combine seemingly random ideas into coherent stories. She uses this skill mostly to draw her students in to using their imagination and building their artistic and critical thinking skills.

This project combines her unique skill set and will help her to achieve a life-long goal of writing and illustrating her books.

Here is the link to the project

Or you can go to and search Illustrated sentences & a book.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Waiting for a proof...

All of the editing and reediting is done and I am waiting for a proof before going to the next step...

I am very happy to finally be done with my first book.
I am proud of the story I wrote, the way the words fall together to create a certain level of suspense. I am a bit embarrassed to admit it took so long to finish this project - not because I was totally goofing off - but because there were so many other projects in between that I let take priority over finishing this one.

The picture to the right is the area behind my drawing table when I started The Last Monkey in 2005. I had just moved back to the bay area. I had the idea and a bunch of scribbles of how the story should end...the hardest part for me. I broke down the text into pages that would each need an illustration. 142 in total. I began to slowly work at creating the drawings I would need to complete the book. I did not know at the beginning how I would publish it. I only knew I needed to finish.

I made a lot of linoleum prints and paintings and other smaller projects. I had my day job, teaching art to 6-12 graders. I worked to get my art into galleries and show as much as I could. I dated. I moved a few times. I thought about getting a Masters Degree. All the things that get in the way of a low priority project. Time passes with multiple re-starts. A few more moves and a wonderful wedding, a few new drawings added each time. As I get older, my drawing style changes - improves - I think! I wonder if it will ever be finished. I wonder which of the older drawings will need to be redrawn to fit my newer work?

More false starts, but this year I decided to really commit to completing the work. More than half of the drawings have been made since January 2017. Several older drawings redone. Four editors to look at the text and imagery and other details I never thought of before getting to this point.

So close! Now I am just waiting for the proof to arrive. So I can say go! The book will be available in traditional book format and on Kindle. The next step is to reread the multiple ideas in my old notebooks and choose which to complete next or perhaps work on completely new stuff. The next book will not take 12 years...

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Last Monkey: Almost there...

In the meantime, watch a small film preview of a scene from my book...

The book cover.

Here is the description from the back of the book:

A thinking chair, hungry sharks, and angry toasters? But, who am I?
The artist looks back on a childhood of being taunted by sharks and toasters. In an attempt to explain, theories abound, but maybe the explanation is simple.

Getting a glass...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Last Monkey is in editing...

I have finished my first illustrated book and sent it of to the editors. It has been a long process with many things taking my time away from the project. The book is complete and has been sent off for editing.

The last Monkey is a story about irrational fears that hold us back and a few other things...

Working now on the author bio, story description and a few other things ahead of releasing the book..