Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Come One, Come All!!

THE BANANA POLICE would like to cordially invite you to:



Thursday Dec. 13, 2012
Smart Toys & Books
9700 Kingston Pike #12 
Knoxville, TN 37922


Saturday Dec. 15, 2012
Union Avenue Books
517 Union Ave. 
Knoxville, TN 37902

Books will be available for purchase at both locations. 
The author and illustrator will both be available to sign books! 
Come join us, and get the perfect gift for a little one in your life this holiday season!


Book Signing Event
Thursday Jan. 10, 2012
Panera Bread
205 North Peters Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

The Banana Police may be coming to the Knoxville Zoo
in the new year!! Keep checking here and follow me
on twitter @kelseycroy for the latest news
on new and current books!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Books for Christmas!!

It's that time of year again!!! 

If you have any youngsters (or youngsters at heart) on your holiday lists this year,
 check out these fun, colorful picture books written by local, Tennessee authors! 

To help you on your quest
for the perfect gift, I've included some notes by each title with summary
and ideal audience age range! Give them a look!! 

Written & Illustrated by Kelsey C. Roy

Ideal Audience: Elementary and Up

Description: Written completely in rhyme, Nemanee offers an enjoyable read for adults and children     alike! Tongue twisters and quirky characters encourage that the story be read aloud. Some vocabulary may be advanced for younger readers, but the play on sounds of words throughout is designed to make Nemanee a silly read even for those who may not understand the trickier words. I wrote Nemanee with the idea that children could grow up with it, getting more and more out of the story and detailed illustrations every time they read/hear it.

Written by Katy Koontz   Illustrated by Kelsey C. Roy
Willow Moon Publishing

Ideal Audience: Elementary and Up

Description: A fun, silly story about a fictional jungle town where people and elephants coexist peacefully... until the townspeople start getting a little annoyed with how much room the elephants take up in the shopping aisles and how loudly they snore at night. So, what do they do? They call in the Elephant Police! But when the elephants are gone, who is going to eat all of these bananas?? As the town starts flooding with fruit, the townspeople begin to panic! "Call in the Banana Police!"cries Mayor McFoontz! But will the town be able to save themselves without the help of those pesky pachyderms? --- ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK!!!

Written by Elaine Barnes    Illustrated by Kelsey C. Roy

Ideal Audience: pre-K - Kindergarten

Description: A sweet, simple little story about Rose and her imaginary friend Yahootie who helps her learn the skills she'll need for Kindergarten. In this first installment of what author Elaine Barnes hopes will become a series, Yahootie helps Rose learn to tie her shoes. But they don't get it right the first time...or the fact they don't get it right until they've gone through the entire house tying everything in sight. But practice makes perfect, and the mischief-prone duo try and try and tie until they succeed! A great read for pre-K and those learning to tie their shoes! -- Includes an illustrated how-to page in the back of the book!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Day In The Office

Working for the Clarence Brown Theatre is a pretty cool job, 
not to mention a good way to inspire new home decor ideas. This is just one
of the projects I was working on yesterday for the upcoming Christmas Carol show,
making wood plank floors out of giant, white flats.
(In the background are some more planks I've worked on in their finished form.)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


For sick day #2, I finally got around to painting the little clay Totoro cup I made months ago!
He'll likely be my new paintbrush holder or, as he is a nature spirit, 
perhaps I'll put some dried flowers in him. Time will tell!

If you aren't familiar with who Totoro is, you may meet him here:

And thank you Jane Cartwright Pottery for letting me permanently borrow some clay...and for using your kiln...and for life. Love you, Mom!

Check out her work here --->

It's incredible! (And I'd say that even if she weren't my favorite).

Monday, November 5, 2012

Previous Engagements

In addition to smiles and laughter, I seem to have also received a cold from the charming 4th graders 
at Ridge View Elementary School where I spoke for Career Day last week.
To entertain myself during my sick day, I sat on the couch and did sketches 
of all my recently engaged friends and their charming fianc├ęs. 

Beth & Jeffery

Meri & Kevin

Emily & Boone

Hilarious scanner error...or rather human error whilst operating a scanner.
Ok, it was my fault and I'm proud of it!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Something borrowed, something glued...

This weekend I made a cake topper for my dear friend Beth's upcoming wedding. It stands about 6" tall, made with sculpy III clay and polished off with some acrylic paint (mostly because late last night I ran out of black and had to make part of the tux out of purple. Shhh).


I got a little carried away in the crafts store, so I bought materials to make this decorative paper/thread/ribbon "cake" stand for the bridal shower.

Below are a few in-progress shots.

Congratulations Beth and Jeffery!!
I'm looking forward to the big day!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sew, a needle stabbing thumb.

I personalized my kitten's new travel food/toy bag today. Such a good mom, right? 
Well, she didn't think so. She stepped in a big glob of paint 
and was tortured in the sink by her terrible mom.

Then I got jealous, so I decorated MY new lunch tote. 
They spelled my name wrong on the front, so I just added some green
ribbon and fun buttons to make it more Kelsey-esque. 
I'm no sew pro though, so some minor injuries took place during the endeavor.
(To me, not the kitten. She was asleep). 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Little Lost Girl

I found this munchkin buried in a sketchbook today.
Apparently I decided she was a reject at some point in the past. I thought I'd make up for
that by giving her her own post.

Doodle Me This

A quick little doodle I did when there was a lull at the book signing yesterday.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Round two!

Last week's signing was a success! Union Avenue Books is such a cute, little bookstore. 
I'm going to go there all the time now. If you're in Knoxville, you should too!

Join us this week at the art supply wonderland that is Jerry's Artarama! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book Signings!

Another book signing event will be held At Jerry's Artarama @
5220 Homberg Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
on October 20 from 10-5 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dixie Designs

So proud of my friend Dixie Pizani, 3D animator extraordinaire!
She's been working at Rhythm and Hues in LA 
and is now going to be a temp animator 
at Blue Sky Studios!

Art school "twins" reunion in LA 2010

One for you, One for me

Who do you call when your town is buried by bananas?

We're on the final stretch! Keep checking in for updates!
The ebook will be available by Halloween!

Also, follow me on twitter @kelseycroy for the latest information on my current books!

In other news, my assistant Amelie was helping me with illustrations last night.
She has to have her own brush if I have any hopes of being allowed to get work done. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Going Bananas!!

Sneak Peek!
The Banana Police
Written by Katy Koontz
Illustrations by Kelsey C. Roy


Monday, September 10, 2012

Sleeping Sweeney

A just-for-fun, Disney inspired cartoon I drew in honor of my best friend Alex Ward and his most recent success, starring as Anthony in the Clarence Brown Theatre production of Sweeney Todd. His 'promising performance' was noted by the lovely and fabulous Mary Costa  (voice of Disney's Sleeping Beauty), whom Alex had the immense pleasure of meeting after one of his shows. So proud of you, Alex!

*Background photo credit goes to the Clarence Brown Theatre Facebook Page* 
Though, I did help paint those stairs and floorboards!

Row, Row, Roar Your Boat

Commissioned Cartoon for a company's Dragon Boat Race T-shirt Design
This was fun.

Niles & Alyssa

I was so excited when Alyssa asked me to help her celebrate her one year anniversary
 with husband Niles by creating this 8x10 watercolor/ink portrait of their adorable little family.

How could you not love those joyful smiles??
Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giraffe N' Pancakes

Just a couple sketches of late:

First, another sneak peek at The Banana Police, coming out in November. 

Secondly, a doodle from my church bulletin last Sunday. 

The choir director had told those of us in the alto section to "sing more gazelle-like and less like.....a giraffe". Well that was too good of a visual to pass up, so I couldn't resist.