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About the Artist

Hey there! I’m Keirin (they/them), a nonbinary independent artist from Minnesota.

I’ve been an enthusiastic character artist for as long as I can remember, but I'm also a dedicated gamer, animation admirer, comic book collector, film fanatic, and a seasoned Dungeons and Dragons player - both as a fearless adventurer and devious Dungeon Master.

Yes, I’m a geek.

Much of what I draw these days tends to be TTRPG themed and my style is best summarized as an anime-inspired fusion of American cartoons and comics. I love using vibrant colors, bold lines, and strong shape language in my work. My illustrations often feature a delightful blend of cute and creepy - a zombie wearing a frilly petticoat would feel right at home here. My primary medium is digital and I use Clip Studio Paint with an Artist Pro XP-Pen tablet.

I’ve been very fortunate to have a classical art education sprinkled with the principles of game design and animation. My art style has developed over years of experimentation and continuous practice with my greatest influences coming from amazing artists like Alphonse Mucha, Don Bluth, Lois Van Baarle (Loish), Christina Barton (ChrissaBug), and Allison McKenzie (Skirtzzz).

Over the past year I've been pushing myself to improve my skills, speed, and consistency by streaming my art live on Twitch. I’ve been steadily refining my process to reliably deliver high-quality work for myself and my patrons. The more I create, the better I become, and I'm excited to continue growing as an online content creator.

I aim to weave captivating narratives through my character design and illustration work, and I aspire to someday expand my narrative-driven creations by writing and illustrating a children's book, webcomic/visual novel, video game and/or TTRPG.

Stay tuned, because there's lots more coming soon from KiiroArts!