Katie Walker is an illustrator and designer based in Brighton, Sussex
Katie Walker is an illustrator and designer based in Brighton, Sussex. Previously Katie worked within the textile design industry creating prints for Childrenswear, womenswear and home products. Taking an early influence from children’s literature and film, particularly the works of A.A. Milne and Beatrix Potter, Katie decided to pursue her passions more prominently, enrolling on a postgraduate course at Anglia Ruskin art school for MA Children’s illustration. In Katie’s current work you will find a mixture of hand and digital drawings, limited colour palettes, doggies, bears and many other fun characters! We’re so looking forward to working with her!….
When did you start illustrating?
Illustration has been prominent from my schooling years right up to the present, however I feel I really started to develop my practice during my BA degree in textile design, where I focused on print design and later when on my MA in Children’s book illustration. I think this is partly because of the time and space my university corses allowed me to endure, opening up experimentation and being with other creatives sharing ideas and processes.
Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?
My family have always been very encouraging of my creative practice, as well as friends I have met along the way, but in particular my partner Jake Francis (also an artist) has always been there to keep me focused, right through art school to commissions and different design roles, kindness and critique always remain prominent between us.
Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?
Yes, I thought It would always be important to my life but I didn’t think I would be lucky enough to actually have it as a career. Art was always my main rest bite from the struggles of schooling and has remained a constant through out most periods of my life. Being a companion during lonely spells and a friend to always return to, I thought somehow it would always be there but to actually do it as a career, wow, so lucky!
However, from time to time I have considered training to be a yoga teacher or hiding in the Himalayan mountains to become a monk… or maybe opening up a animal shelter for cows and other amazing creatures! Oh how the mind wonders!
What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?
I have a big soft spot for illustrating animals, especially of the woodland kind. Foxes, rabbits and bears are my most favourite, however I am constantly drawn back to illustrating dogs, there kind cheeky temperament is always fun to bring to life through drawings and paintings.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as a little cutesy and clumsy but with a cheeky side to bring a touch of humour. It’s always nice to have a bit of fun! Sometimes though I like to bring more serious issues into my work, such as the environment or animal rights, so I do have to double think how to bring my style in to these subject matters with respect and kindness, whilst retaining my handwriting.
What is your favourite collaboration to date?
Over the years I have worked in quite a few different areas of illustration and design, I recently enjoyed illustrating an artwork for Anika Carpenter's text The Christmas Fly. Previous to this, another fun collaboration was with Louise Walker (yes my sister!) from Sincerely Louise, the project was based on an animal tree of life inspired from a similar piece in our family home, to then be translated in to a knitting / sewing pattern. Finally, another favourite project for me was creating a doggie board game with Talking Tables.
What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?
When speaking with Amy at the Children’s book illustration MA show in London and further conference calls, I was impressed with Amy and the companies interest in diversity and creativity and also the wonderful projects Illo have been involved in. I think Illo have a kindness and great professionalism to them which I am excited to join in with!
Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?
Well, I’m sure a lot of creative folk would say this but.. It’s always Wes Anderson, his fun and meticulous narratives and somewhat dark humour have always been of interest to me. Last year a group of friends and I attended Wes Fest in Brighton, we got all dressed up and watched his films and enjoyed looking through props and even meeting Sam from Moonrise Kingdom!
Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?
I am currently working on an animal alphabet print! Its taking a long time as there are so many animals and the first 14 are rather detailed, so watch this space! I am also working on creating more human characters!
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?
The Adam Buxton Podcast has to be one of my favourites! There are lots of interesting people to listen to and its also funny and great ramblely chats!
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