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.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @artuvkai
- Facebook: @artuvkai
- Twitter: @artuvkai
- Youtube: @artuvkaitv