Katrice Williams-Dredden is a American based illustrator and designer currently residing in Wilmington Delaware.
women, and vibrant colours are some of the inspirations Katrice uses to
create. She mainly uses digital applications to sketch, finalise and
work on her projects on the go. She notes the oddest thing about digital
creations is going back to paper and trying to control a mistake.
When did you start illustrating?
I was always into art even as a kid, but I really started taking it seriously on March 27, 2012 when I was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. I created an octopus named InkWell and that's how my journey began.
Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?
One of my high school art teachers Mrs. Mortimer was really supportive and understood how detailed I was and was really my first introduction into techniques. She never held my creativity back and gave me a chance when my art program at the same school wouldn't.
Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?
I somewhat knew but it was hard to see it be fulfilled with no real examples of 'success'. I love to create though, so I've managed to sneak it into every job I've managed to get into whether that's doing a logo, creating the flyer, etc.
What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?
I like to draw women but specifically women of color. In my very short time living, I've watched the different women in my life carry the lives of those around them as well as their own without much notice. I've watched them burnout, go uncelebrated, and unheard and I decided I would start capturing these moments. I illustrate these characters in very vibrant colors and try to put as much detail into each piece. We are more than mothers, sisters, friends, wives, girlfriends, lovers, workers, janitors, chefs, nurturers there is beauty and movement in everything we do and I try to capture some of that.
How would you describe your style?
I don't know if there is a term for my style but I like clean lines and the way I look at the world is in the term of shapes. I look up to Malene Barnett and her collection of her sculptures and the thought she puts into it. I also admire and take inspiration from the vibrant works of Bisa Butler.
What is your favorite collaboration to date?
I haven't had one yet but I'm hopeful for one in the near future.
What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?
The array of artists you have come across.
Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?
Currently my favorite author is Yaa Gyasi who wrote Homegoing.
Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?
I am currently working on a piece that tells the story of African American Hair and Ribbons and how like ribbons are hair moves and lifts and pulls. I am trying to intermix the history within it all.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?
I currently don't listen to any podcasts, I like to listen to Lo-Fi music in the background while I work. Just beats with no vocals, so I can be in the moment.
If you have any questions, or a project in mind for Katrice, please do get in touch: [email protected]
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