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Life & Work with Kai Ellis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kai Ellis. 

Hi Kai, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started out watching my dad draw, create funny characters. He showed/taught me how to draw one of his favorite characters, I put my own lil’ spin/sauce on it, & fell in love with creating/being creative. By the time I was in 3rd grade, family, friends, teachers all knew I could draw. Growing up, I won lots of awards for my artwork, & by the time reached my 20’s I was introduced to photoshop. I started an independent record/production company & needed artwork. I grew tired of paying high prices for average album/promo art, & eventually started creating the artwork myself. Landed a gig working for a company responsible for a lot of Nelly (& Co.) ‘s artwork, merch, etc. I humbled myself, sat down & learned more on the business side (already had the talent & clientele) of this thing, & decided to start my own art design company. Fast forward about 20 years, & my company, Artuvkai (a play on my name (Kai) & Sun Tzu’s book “The Art of War”) has been blessed to create for businesses, political campaigns, sports teams, authors, & a long list of musicians/entertainers, such as Grammy-nominated/national recording artist Syleena Johhnson, God has been good to me! 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s been pretty much a little bit of both. No one ever taught me business or graphic design, so I learned how to NOT mess up, by messing up. It’s also a little tougher with any business when you do it all by yourself. God has always blessed me with that much-needed “alley-oop”, together we make it do what it do…lol. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an artist, business owner @Artuvkai Graphic Design. I specialize in all things graphic/digital design related…logos, flyers, billboards/signs, business cards, merch, cd cover art, motion graphics, original prints, etc.,) 

I most proud of the fact that I’ve been blessed to create something from nothing. That my imagination, dreams, & visions are paying off (literally). It feels good to be able be respected @ my craft, see my art in museums, auctions, on television, etc. 

I’m extremely to know that me doing something positive can inspire & light a fire in others, preferably our children/generation next. 

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
For those starting out, I only have three words…DARE TO DREAM! I’d also have to add…dare to be different. Be great…good is overrated. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: artuvkai@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @artuvkai
  • Facebook: @artuvkai
  • Twitter: @artuvkai
  • Youtube: @artuvkaitv

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