Welcome to MuShinGirl.com

Hi internet, my name is Keri. I’m a writer, illustrator and graphic designer living in central Illinois. You can learn more about me below. For more about what I do, read on my friend.

Arting for me

I find satisfaction from the creative process and enjoy sharing my work. Here, I will share my work, commentary on the process and links to the various other platforms where I share my work.

Arting for you

I'm also available for commission or colaboration. If anything I do fits with your needs, hop over to the contact page and drop me a line.

Production Services

Keri Goble Billick

Keri has been writing and drawing as long as she has been able to hold a pencil. Creativity and artistic expression have been an integral part of her life from the beginning. She was producing art for various freelance clients and teaching art to underprivileged children prior to graduating college. She attended Eastern Illinois University and walked across the stage to receive her degree in 1992. If you were there, she was the one with a smiley face on her mortar board.

After college Keri continued to work professionally in graphic design, traditional art production, and illustration. For 13 years this was with established production businesses such as WhiteCo MetroCom, Heroic Age Studios, Dynamic Graphics and the Decatur Herald & Review. She launched mushingirl.com in 2001, and since 2005 she has been accepting only select commissions for graphic design and illustration work, spending the majority of her time on family and a handful of personal projects.

While Keri was at the Herald & Review she began to write in addition to producing art. She had the great fortune to write play reviews, interview professionals for the business journal, write restaurant reviews and various lifestyle pieces for Limited Edition magazine. It was her friends and peers at the Herald & Review who inspired her to further develop her writing skills.

Most recently she been working with Crystal Heart Imprints to help encourage, develop, and promote local authors. They hold regular workshops for writers to share their work, brainstorm and flesh out projects, discuss publishing strategies, and just write. Keri is among the talented support staff of Crystal Heart Imprints, who offers a variety of author services at affordable rates for local authors.

Projects

Let’s Hear it for the Cons!

Being me in this hectic and ever-changing world is a great deal of fun. I’m a planner, you see, so I block out the framework of a plan and schedule my time. I set deadlines, track my progress, journal the details and then plan some more. But I am also a leaf on the wind and will change direction on a whim if it so strikes me. Therein lies the rub.

The Launch went great! I made goals at the beginning of July, stuck to them, modified them, stuck to them some more and then finished on time. Sure, there were some hitches, because there always are, but my plan helped me to get around and over them without a major negative impact. So now, post launch, I am in full swing production of the first Appalachia Tales comic story. The plan was to have this 8 page mini story ready for Archon in October.

Enter my buddy Dave. Dave is another comic book creator in the region and someone I routinely share ideas and progress with. You can see some of his stuff here. So, we’re talking about our plans and what is next and I find out he is preparing for a micro convention right here in Springfield. And my brain starts doing it’s thing.

If I can finish my 8 pager in 3 weeks, I can be ready for THIS con. So now, revision of plans, restructuring deadlines, and lots of work to do. It’s possible I won’t have the 8 pager ready for the Springfield Mircro Con, but I will still be there with plenty of prints for sale. I’ll also share any progress I have made on the 8 pager in hopes of getting some feedback. Archon is still on the calendar too, but now the Springfield Micro Con is next on the horizon.

I’ll be sharing some progress and commentary as we approach the con on Facebook and Tumblr. I’ll be sharing even more for those who follow me on Patreon, and even MORE if you are a Patron. Keep an eye out here, too, as I will be getting the gallery for some of my older work set up as well.