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About Me

I'm a Korean-American cartoonist who makes illustrations and comics about monsters, queer + fantasy stories, and draws lots and lots of fanart. The themes I continue to come back to include intersecting identities, bravery, and unconditional love. My pronouns are she/her.


I graduated with a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the Ohio State University in May 2020 and recently received my MFA in Applied Cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in May 2022.


  • Food

  • Dwayne "The Rock ™" Johnson 

  • Pokémon

  • Avatar The Last Airbender

  • Sapphic Content

"Kat Leonardo" is an alias that someone gave to me in elementary school, and it's stuck since.


My background is in traditional mediums, but I also work digitally.


For traditional work, nothing beats those Papermate and BIC mechanical pencils with .05 or .07 mm lead.

Sometimes I'll buy blue or red refills as a treat to use for undersketches.

Sakura Microns are my go-to for inking traditionally.

I've also recently been dabbling in Blackwing pencils. I like the 602 the best.

For digital art programs, I mainly use Procreate + an iPad Pro + Gen 2 Apple Pencil.

I also use Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop on PC.

Oftentimes, I'll scan in traditional pencils/watercolors to add digital color.

For frame-by-frame animations, I use Procreate or Photoshop.

My go-to Procreate brushes are Max Ulichney's brush packs, which you can purchase HERE.

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