Location: England Web: www.kjrillustration.com Email: email@example.com ME DIA : Photoshop, Manga Studio, pencils, pen, ink Kirsty decided in her early 30s that she wanted to retrain as an illustrator. She says, “I probably learnt more in those years through making mistakes than anything!” With some online courses and dropping her social life for art and drawing practice, she’s now reached a stage where she’s taken that “terrifying but exciting plunge into freelance illustration.
Kirsty is inspired by Golden Age illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and comic book illustrators including Andy Brase and Jean-Baptiste Monge. “I’m also heavily influenced by folklore and nature, so that features a lot in my work.”
1 Oops “I really played with this chap’s expression to convey just how doddery his character is, and I wanted the colours to complement the humour and his cheerful nature. I’ve always wanted to live in a windmill, but I won’t be bending down in front of the blades!”
2 Att icus and Lump “My first outing in Manga Studio proved an enjoyable experience! The inking pens are very organic and varied. This is for a personal project that I had great fun lighting and playing with the mood.”
3 Tipple In The Woods “I wanted a really earthy feel to this piece and chose earthy colours. I prefer using limited colour palettes. Once I designed the trees, the characters kind of just appeared as if they’ve always been lurking behind one of them!”