How long have you been an artist?
I have been creative my entire life. My love for illustration came from my fascination with American and Japanese toys, cartoons and stationary from the 80s. I taught myself to draw little mementos to give to family and friends as gifts. Seeing people light up with joy fed my artistic soul and I haven't stopped creating beautiful things since.
What inspires you the most?
I'm inspired by the magic of femininity. Although every culture cultivates its own definition of attractiveness, female allure transcends time and social constructs. We see beauty not with our eyes but with our souls. I'm inspired by a mythical sense of womanhood.
Who are your influences?
My list of influences is wide-ranging. From Alphonse Mucha, to Frida Kahlo, Glen Keane, Coby Whitmore, and Alberto Vargas, I'm drawn to artists who created commercial works that spoke to the people. Artwork that was easily accessible and memorable in the form of advertisements, posters, animation and packaging. I'm influenced by artists whose work is everlasting.
What is your creative process?
Every image starts with a very rough sketch which is scanned and inked digitally. I carefully layer images and photos of my favorite textures like wood, foliage and aged paper to paint over my flat color vectors.
My final images are printed on fine art canvas, gallery wrapped, numbered, and signed (for limited editions).
Which programs do you use and is it true you still draw with a mouse?
Ha! Yes, many, many of my works were created with a good old mouse. I'm a creature of habit and it's the way I taught myself to draw digitally. I've perfected this skill through many years and can draw in record speed. I have since moved on to a Wacom Cintiq but still render with a mouse every chance I get ;)
My go-to programs are Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Do you create custom work?
Absolutely! Custom works, especially portraits, are my favorite pieces to create.
Check out my portraits page @katreederportraits or inquire via email@example.com.
Subject to schedule availability.