Case Study -Kitten on the Keys

For the past six years, I've been creating artwork for the talented performer, Suzanne Ramsey aka "Kitten on the Keys". Suzanne is a great friend and one of the best clients I've ever had. Photo by Mi Mi LeMeauxAs "Kitten on the Keys" she has set the bar as the go-to Emcee for burlesque/caberet events. By hosting and performing in such productions as the Miss Exotic World Pagent, Tease-O-Rama, and Caberet New Burlesque, Kitten has brought her twisted brand of sweet and savory vittles to the hungry all over the globe. It's always a pleasure to work with her on promotions for shows, cd artwork, fund raisers, merchandise, or whatever materials she needs.

Below are some of the projects we've worked on together and I hope we get to make lots more in the future:

Kitten on the Keys Merchandise Spots, 2002
The images above are some of the merchandise imagery that I put together for Kitten on the Keys after our first meeeting. I was really into 60's style spot illustration and the work of Al Hirschfeld. You can see my humble attempt to imitate those styles a little. These spot illustrations are still used on Kitten on the Keys tshirts, buttons, and other items. Both Suzanne and I were interested in vintage Japanese character design and I used that inspiration for a postcard design. The Kanji on the card reads "Happy Kitty Girl". A couple of years later, I was hired to create the artwork for Kitten on the Key's first major release, "(It's Not A) Pretty Princess Day". We decided to expand on the style and color of the postcard for the CD materials.

In 2006, Bender's Bar in San Francisco held a benefit for Suzanne's dental bills. They asked me to do the postcard and it was a lot of fun.

In 2007, Suzanne me asked me to create new black and white artwork for her "Salty Meat Girl" CD and merchandise. In addition, we made an activity/coloring book that included recipes, a maze, a recipe for lamb marinade, and a fold out poster.

More about Kitten on the Keys can be found on her website: