Kellie Black

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Making's illustrators

Who are you and what do you do for Making magazine?

I'm Kellie, and I am one of Making's resident illustrators! I'm commissioned to prepare drawings and paintings that help to define the creative identity of the magazine, and bring step-by-steps and features to life.

 

So how did you become an illustrator?

I have always drawn, painted and made models but I began freelancing professionally in 2009 after undertaking a degree in Illustration. I kept getting requests for smaller jobs so I thought it was high time I committed to it as a career and I haven't looked back! I've been incredibly lucky to have had (and continue to have) some really wonderful clients and projects, ranging from editorial illustration to 3d soft sculpture and special effects!

 

What's the best thing about your job?

Well, the people I work with are great and I have had some really wonderful feedback from clients. I think the best thing has to be the hand-over of a piece of work, when someone sees the finished product and is really happy. I also love the freedom I have to sit drawing and painting with a cup of tea and headphones in… that feels pretty good too. Although perhaps less so at 2am when I'm still working (perfectionism will be my undoing). I'm never bored though!

 

When I'm not working I'm…

I really love themed events (like Prohibition parties) and vintage fairs. I'm also lucky enough to do what I love for a living, so in my 'free' time I still do a lot of drawing and painting! I love spending time with my friends and family (I count my gorgeous sisters among my best friends) and really enjoy going to gigs too, as I like a wide range of music (from Jazz to Turntablism).

 

If you could only ever own one pair of shoes what would they be and why?

Oh, you are so cruel! If I am forced to choose then I would have to say my rose gold glittery platform heels. Because if I can only be seen in one pair for the rest of my life, I want them to be be comfortable, glamorous, and to age well. I'm pretty confident those would serve me well!

 

Tea and cake or pie and a pint?

Tea wins every time! But can I substitute the cake for Macaroons? Hang on, are they cakes or biscuits? After we have solved this issue I would opt for a large glass of smooth red wine. 

 

                       hula

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