KP: I would put my work in the editorial illustration box, because I make pretty but smart illustration solutions.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
KP: My inspiration comes from nature, the city, fashion, the floor tiles in my bathroom….
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
KP: When I start a new project I sketch a lot. I use a lot of techniques from school, drawing shapes and trying to turn them into other objects or dissecting words and separating/ categorizing everything till it makes sense visually.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
KP: I’d like people to walk away feeling surprised and happy with how I solved the text visually. Then hopefully they like the art as a stand alone piece too.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
KP: I recently finished school so living as a freelancer has many surprises good and bad, so far it has been mostly good though. I work full time in design and part time illustration (both freelance). I live in a small but bright apartment with my awesome roommate and fellow illustrator Christy. On days off I explore Toronto. Life is good currently but can also be stressful when work isn’t coming in.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
KP: I do lots of planning, it helps keep my work consistent, it works for me but there is no ‘right way.’ Making mistakes is important too, I have experimental texture days that help me decide what works and what doesn’t.
KP: I think just perseverance, there is a lot of uncertainty in art but if you work hard you will find success. There is a balancing act of being business savvy and having talent, and with that combo it’s easier to freelance than I had expected.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
KP: I think it’s good to have a personal style but I don’t think it’s of highest importance. I met with several art directors that liked the variation in my work, which has encouraged me to keep experimenting.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
KP: The hardest thing would be uncertainty (of jobs), and self- doubt.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
KP: I love the idea process, playing with textures, painting, and having a final piece and being my own boss. Being able to share those creations and get paid for it is an extra bonus.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
KP: I am inspired by many illustrators and artists. Frida Kahlo, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dahli really inspired me to pursue illustration as a career. There are so many illustrators that inspire me as well, Pete Ryan for his smart ideas, Keith Negley for his amazing textures, Magoz for his simple and bold solutions… the list could easily go on.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
KP: I love Photoshop! It’s crazy useful and my work would be a lot different with out it.
KP: I feel most people are creative in some way, especially with social media, people find all sorts of ways to express themselves creatively. Every individual has their own views, so everyone offers a different outlook and perspective, we all just express that outlook differently.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
KP: Yes, I do! I travelled and lived abroad for three years (Japan one year and England for two). It’s hard to chose a single city… but I love Toronto most.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
KP: The Phantom Tollbooth is pretty great, and The Jungle… I have lots of favorites but those two have really stuck with me.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
KP: Sure, I have a list of magazines I’d like to work with, maybe a future online shop, I’d like to publish my children’s book FISH….
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
KP: Being and artist means working your but off and not sleeping. haha
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
KP: I’m still on a learning curve with my work but I’m enjoying the ride.
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