This month spotlight belongs to my lovely friend Kate Hindley, whose work you may recognise as she has been involved in many great projects orgnanised by Inkygoodness, Girls Who Draw and many others. I first met Kate at our Foundation Art & Design Course, we then both graduated from University College Falmouth, with Kate graduating in Illustration. Her style has evolved since our Foundation course and I feel that she has grown and developed her style and she has achieved so much, even though she may not say so herself!
So please, get yourself acquainted with Kate Hindley
Miss Kate Hindley as a small mini kart racer (Image courtesy of Kate Hindley)
What was it that made you become interested in illustration?
I really like how illustration can be found everywhere. Its really all about communicating with everybody from all sorts of different backgrounds, and making things look good to boot. To see great design and illustration you don't need to go to a poncy gallery or museum- you can find it all over the place! It was this idea that made me want to get involved and start doodling.
At what point in your illustration career did you start to define your 'style'? or do you think you don't have a certain 'style'?
I think like most people I started to find my own style while I was at university, but it doesn't ever really stop evolving and improving. Once I started to work professionally I had to work out new ways of producing slicker looking work much more quickly, so started using the computer more and more. This moved my style on further, but it is always good fun to try out new things. I have recently been dabbling in a bit of screen printing and have made some wooden 3D pieces for exhibitions.
Above: (Image courtesy of Kate Hindley)
What has been the highlight of your illustration career so far?
I have recently done a couple of very exciting jobs which I can't really talk about yet (a little bit of kid's telly, and finally started working on my first picture book) but they have been really great opportunities and I have learnt an awful lot from them.
I have also really enjoyed exhibiting with the Girls Who Draw and Inkygoodness folk. When you work alone at home its always fantastic to get out and meet real life people doing the same work as you. I've met some proper top people through these projects who are a great source of inspiration and support. I really would encourage anyone to get out and collaborate every once in a while- its very refreshing!
What is your favourite tool to work with/in?
All my work starts with a trusty mechanical pencil, which I use to try and translate all the garbled rubbish in my head into what might look like a proper picture. From there I do lots of scanning and digital tinkering on photoshop and illustrator until the whole thing starts to look finished. I'm obsessed with using the live colour tool in illustrator. Have happily wasted many an hour tinkering with countless colour combinations until I realise yes, there is a deadline and I do have to eventually make a decision and hand in.Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? Tell me all...!
So many! I recently found the work of children's illustrator Benjamin Chaud (I haven't been able to find a website- please let me know if you do!) and I would really like to pick his brains. If time wasn't an issue I would probably hop back and try and get in touch with Edward Lear. How ace would that be?
Is there an event in your life that has been inspirational to your work?
When I was 13 I entered a 'design a gameboy' competition in N64 magazine (in hindsight I was really too old to be doing this.) Anywho I won and joyfully jogged to school to relay the news, where a lot of cool kids told me I was an idiot. Not really sure if this was inspirational, but definitely taught me that you can't please everyone and to keep on regardless.
What colour crayon would you be and why?
Probably green. It is calm and leafy, and incidentally the colour of wasabi peas
Last but not least, pen or pencil? and why !
Definitely pencil! (Pen can be scary...)
Below: (Image courtesy of Kate Hindley)