What I Do


Every picture tells a story. Whether making a character real, identifying an editorial topic or setting the tone of an album of music, Visual stories are at the core of my illustration work. Take a look.


I bring the same passion for story to my “fine art” images; attentive and precise pencil drawings.


I am a calligrapher with 40 years of experience.


Not a Saturday morning cartoon… Making words move on a screen is a logical extension of my more experimental calligraphic work.


I have illustrated a number of books, including one of my own.


I teach calligraphy workshops. Contact me with your questions. I am flexible.

Who is this Kathryn Darnell?

Less important than what I do… but here it is in a nutshell. I also answer to Kate, Kath or K.L.Darnell. A native of Michigan and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, I maintained a freelance studio art practice in East Lansing, Michigan for 40+ years. I spent most of those years also teaching art; both independently, facilitating workshops, and as an adjunct professor in the art program at Lansing Community College. I live with one husband and no cats.