Kacey Miyagami

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Kimberley C. ("Kacey") Miyagami
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Kacey's Fursona
Other names Kimberley C. Maltzman
Born 1981
Spouse(s) or mate(s) Ayukawataur
Profession or hobby Artist
Character species snowserval

Kacey Miyagami is an artist working in the furry genre. She holds a BFA from the University of Southern California with a minor in traditional animation. She is married to Ayukawataur. She was guest of honor at Furry Connection North 2011.


[edit] Biography

Born Kimberly C. Maltzman in Southern California in 1981, Kacey has dedicated the majority of her life to perfecting her art.

With influences from her mother, a former commercial artist, grandmother, a painter, sister, a multitalented artist, and traditional inspiration such as Disney and Pixar, she quickly picked up on techniques for drawing animals. Many of these influences and techniques are visibly apparent in her work throughout the majority of her art career, only recently being replaced by methods of her own.

She started in a public school, but when the riots of Los Angeles occurred in 1992, her family placed her in The Buckley School. There she remained until she graduated.

While at Buckley, she was exposed to Sailor Moon and other various anime. She also found she did not have many friends, or fit in with any crowds and turned to her art. It was then that she realized her desire to be an artist would make her perfect for being an animator. Though she continued her animal drawings, she started drawing more often, including people and expanding her awareness by taking classes in life drawing.

During this time she also came to know Miyagami Noriko through a mutual friend in Pennsylvania. Noriko quickly became a quasi-mentor figure to Kacey; later becoming her girlfriend and finally her wife on October 12, 2004.

After Buckley, Kacey attended University of Southern California where she obtained her degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as a minor in traditional animation. It was during this time Kacey set forth to finding a way to apply her skills and earn money for her daily necessities and a friend introduced her to Furbid where her unique style was able to garner good prices.

In order to keep up with competition she started investing in better materials, doing greater detail, and creating the quickest turnaround time possible without sacrificing quality. In no time she decided she wanted to raise the bar of what was acceptable for quality in the furry fandom. To do this she knew she would have to dedicate herself to art above everything else.

Her original intent was to graduate from college with her degree and moving into a career in traditional animation. However, there were extreme changes in her chosen field during her time in college which virtually left room only for computer animators.

Kacey was offered jobs in a number of studios, but in the intervening years, she decided she illustration where her attention to detail would be appreciated the most, was her true passion.

She continued as an artist doing exclusively traditional illustration until November 2007, when she purchased a Wacom Intuos3. Kacey felt, in order to expand her horizons, and skill, as an artist, she should be willing to experiment with more styles and media.[1] Her use of the tablet is limited to sketch ideas for commissions and digital avatar icons. She continues working a minimum of forty hours a week, often more than sixty.

She would like to learn to work with gouache.

[edit] Legal issues

In early 2002, Kacey was targeted by a fan for distribution of her artwork without her authorization. This situation quickly escalated, spiraling out of control requiring the need for legal intervention.[2]

[edit] Post Eurofurence 13 trouble

Kacey and Noriko attended Eurofurence for the first time in 2007. They first spent a short vacation in Switzerland before and returned to Switzerland after to remain until the 15th of September.

During the morning of September 10, on an early-morning train ride from Eastern Germany to Switzerland, Kacey had many items stolen, including a large amount of cash, her iPod, credit cards, secondary identification and her medical insurance information. The thief also took her digital camera with pictures taken by Noriko and herself both during and prior to Eurofurence.[3]

[edit] Evolution of style

First Generation

[edit] First Generation

In the early days Kacey started as many artists entering the fandom do, improvising with materials she had available at home. During this time she had very little grasp of anatomy and created very incomplete images.

Her work was characterized by the following traits:

  • Use of laser printer paper
  • Prismacolor markers
  • No backgrounds
  • Not exclusively archival materials
Second Generation

[edit] Second Generation

Her second generation work quickly followed the first, the most significant change being the addition of archival quality materials being used for all parts of work.

Characterized by the following:

  • Use of bristol smooth
  • Prismacolor markers
  • Micron pen for linework
  • Extremely simple backgrounds, if any
Third Generation

[edit] Third Generation

Kacey's third generation artwork branched in two separate directions. She started to include more detail in her backgrounds. For a short time she experimented with a lineless method of coloring. This method was not well-received by the community.

Characterized by:

  • Continued use of bristol smooth
  • Prismacolor Marker
  • Prismacolor Pencil
  • Lineless style (illustrated) or Zebra Brush pen
  • More detailed backgrounds
Fourth Generation

[edit] Fourth Generation

The fourth generation brought about another major change in her materials. In her desire to produce the best quality possible, she invested in the complete Tria marker set. This gave better color blending and virtually removed streaking. She also began including experimental backgrounds.

Characterized by:

  • Bristol smooth
  • Tria marker
  • Prismacolor pencil
  • Micron pen and Zebra Brush pen
  • Began experenting with watercolor backgrounds. In some cases (illustrated) addition of foreign materials to change texture.
Fifth Generation

[edit] Fifth Generation

During this time Kacey decided she wanted to focus more on overall composition. Backgrounds would eventually become more important to her than the characters interacting before them. She decided that she wanted to break away from doing adult artwork and focus more on every audience work, and also ventured into truly multimedia work.

Characterized by:

  • Bristol smooth
  • Tria marker
  • Prismacolor pencil
  • Micron pen and Zebra Brush pen
  • Watercolor paint, often for backgrounds
  • Acrylic paint for fine details
Sixth Generation

[edit] Sixth Generation

In the sixth generation, Kacey continued to work in multiple media, but removed many of the tools which helped shaped her style.

Characterized by:

  • Illustration board (cold press)
  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic paint
  • Micron pen (if requested by commissioner)
Seventh Generation

[edit] Seventh Generation

Upon reaching the seventh generation, Kacey's style has finally returned to a pure form. She has removed nearly all the tools which were used in the process of learning and started on a quest to mix anthropomorphic art with not only illustration, but with fine art and gallery work. Her focus remains on building complete balanced settings with character interaction both with each other and with the environment, while striving to not have either the setting or the characters within the setting dominate one another.

Currently characterized by:

  • Illustration board (cold press)
  • Acrylic paint
Seventh Generation Digital

[edit] Digital media

In November 2007, Kacey decided that in order to pursue her desire to master art, she would need to overcome her dislike of digital media and learn to work effectively with it. To that end she purchased a Wacom Intuos3 graphics tablet. Initially she used the bundled software, but quickly switched to using Adobe Photoshop as her illustration program of choice.

[edit] References

  1. http://ryokokitty.livejournal.com/146095.html LiveJournal entry by Kacey
  2. Copy of public temporary restraining order
  3. unhappyness -   ayukawataur (September 10, 2007)

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