Colorful Pencil and Marker Animal Illustrations by Katy Lipscomb.
I was eagerly waiting for this Tuesday because today I have a special guest.
Please welcome Katy Lipscomb, a fantastic American illustrator. Katy creates an incredibly light, colorful, stunning and perfect in performance animals illustrations. To create illustrations she uses Pencil and Marker. Katy`s magnificent style wins by storm everyone’s heart. People say that the illustrations that she brought to the reality are the kind of reflection of the spiritual soul of the animals, and I am agreed.
Those beautiful animals illustrations easily take me to the magic world of a childhood full of bright, colorful dreams and creatures. Where everything is possible, and all your ideas are about to become the truth. Without a shadow of a doubt, Katy creates not just above animal pictures but incredible creatures with a unique, inner and magic power.
When I spot such kind of inspiring and glorious artworks I was interested to know who is the master of those fabulous Animal illustrations? Or maybe, I instead ask who the queen of the magic land where all the inhabitants are those shining, colorful, fantastic and spiritual illustrated creatures is?
As it turned out Katy is my neighbor she lives in sunny Georgia. She also has a very similar to my interests such as love to space, passion for traveling and love to work in the properly organized environment and she loves horror movies.
Besides of all that, she is a great and amiable personality. Katy was so kind as to share with me some interesting facts about her life as well as some useful information. By the way, Katy also has a quite good proficiency at social media; her fans loyalty well supports that. @Katy_Lipscomb Instagram account has 214K followers, impressive, isn’t it?
You also can learn what kind of tools a professional illustrator use, and some tips how to follow your dream. I am sure you will love her great illustrations and will get a fabulous inspiration from this fascinating Q&A session.
An Interview with Illustrator Katy Lipscomb or Do what you Love, Love What You Do!
Tell me a few words about yourself. Where do you live? What do you do?
Katy: Currently, I live in Athens, Georgia but I grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia (just a little north of Atlanta). I attend the University of Georgia and am finishing my BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in drawing. I will graduate in the Fall!
When did you realize that art must become a part of lifestyle?
Katy: Ever since I was little, my mom ensured that I had a place to do art in the house. This started when I was two or three in our first house with a little nook under the stairs. I think this very generous support of my desire to create things is what kept me interested in art as I grew up. When I was 12, I attended a few classes at a local arts center (figure drawing, basics in drawing, etc.) and this instilled in me an even more significant interest in the arts.
Do you have artists in your family?
Katy: My grandmother in Texas is a quilter. I use to spend summers at her shop sewing and quilting. I also have a grandmother who is a watercolor artist. I have a few other creative family members in my extended family. Having these connections was terrific while growing up!
What inspires you the most? Who is your greatest inspiration? What is your favorite artwork?
Katy: This is a difficult question! I am certainly inspired by animals and nature, which is pretty evident from my artwork. I am constantly inspired by those around me and in my family. My Mom swam in the 1988 Olympics and my Dad is an ER doctor. My boyfriend of 5 years is also an artist and consistently impresses me with his level of commitment. Being surrounded by all of this commitment and passion has kept me focused and grounded.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Katy: Surprisingly, I have only ever been an artist. I launched my first commissions and online store when I was 15 and have been growing my business ever since. Over the years, I have taken a few other freelance art-related jobs and social media positions, but these are all an extension of my business.
What is your biggest achievement?
Katy: To date, I think two of the projects I am most proud of is my adult coloring books with Blue Star Coloring: “Howl” and “Stress Relieving Cats”
What is your main professional goal?
Katy: I want to keep expanding my business and “Katy Lipscomb” brand. This entails continuing to share my artwork on social media and continuing to work on new projects and opportunities.
What are the most memorable responses you have got on your work?
Katy: Of course, I appreciate each and every comment I receive, but every now and then I get a response that will stick with me for a long period of time. These also tend to be the most difficult comments to digest: people who say that my work reminds them of deceased family members or loved ones, people who are hospitalized and say that my work brings them some joy while they are laid up in bed, etc. Hearing such personal stories is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.
What do you dislike and what do you like about the art world?
Katy: I appreciate that social media and online resources are making it possible for artists to find nontraditional means to become a part of the art world. I think the art world is opening up and becoming much more receptive to all types of work. There are still types of work that are rejected by the community, but for the most part, anything is fair game as long as the artist can articulate their intentions.
What do you like the best about your lifestyle?
Katy: I love that I am constantly doing something new. I am not stuck in a rut continuously working on the same types of projects. This is why freelancing is so much fun! I never know what the next project will be. I am also lucky fortunate enough to be at a point where people will hire me for the type of work I like to create, rather than getting asked to work on projects that don’t necessarily fit my style.
Do you afraid of a failure? Do you have any fears?
Katy: I don’t necessarily fear failure. I do however fear that sometimes success is short-lived. Styles can get popular and die off very fast. My hope is that I am adaptive enough to move with current trends, without having to sacrifice too much of what makes my artwork unique.
What would you call the biggest adventure of your life?
Katy: I have had a couple of “big adventure”. I was able to take a family trip to Italy in 2011, which was incredible. I have also taken two excursions to Costa Rica, which were incredibly stimulating for my current work.
What work do you most enjoying doing, other hobbies?
Katy: Besides art, I enjoy rock climbing, horseback riding, geocaching, reading, and gaming. Sometimes it is relaxing to be able to focus on other hobbies besides art to avoid the stereotypical “burnout”. Having other hobbies also contributes to my artwork. For example, my love for the outdoors in combination with gaming and reading is why I love creating fantastical creatures and scenery.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
Katy: I have quite a few strong memories of childhood. One of my earliest memories (and this might be a little dark) is when I was 2. Our first family house caught fire and almost burned down. My memory is of leaving the house in a panic, not fully comprehending the gravity of the situation. Of course, I have happy early memories as well! There is a small town in Canada on Lake Erie where I spent most of my summers called Port Bruce (a lot of families live up there, and at one point my grandparent’s own property in the town). I have strong memories of sailing, fishing and playing on the beach in Port Bruce.
What’s your scariest experience?
Katy: I have actually two for this answer! On my first trip to Costa Rica, our group went white water rafting on the Pacuare River. It was a two-day trip, and on the second day, we rafted through class 4 and 5 rapids. Halfway through the day, our raft was got stuck in a hole, causing the raft to take on water and spin rapidly. Half of our group was tossed into the rapids. My foot was caught underneath the seat in front of me, and I was slung from the raft, but because my foot was stuck, I did not get fully ejected. Rather than falling out completely, my leg was hyperextended, tearing my ACL and meniscus (the tissue underneath the kneecap). The scary part in all of this was that there was no way for me to be immediately transported to a hospital. Instead, we had to finish rafting the rest of the river, which was another 4 hours! The second scary experience was voluntary: Skydiving! 😉
What is your favorite or the most inspirational place (in the city you live)?
Katy: My favorite place in Port Bruce, the town I mentioned in a previous comment. It is consistently a safe haven to which I return. In Athens, Georgia my favorite place is the Lamar Dodd school of art. This is the building in which almost all of the art classes are held and consistently offers art openings and exhibitions.
What is your dream destination?
Katy: My dream destination would be going to space. It may sound a little silly right now, but if prices ever became affordable for the general population, I would be in line for my ticket!
What would you like to do more in your life?
Katy: Traveling! I want to experience more of the world and various cultures!
What kind of movies do you like? If you would ever become a movie director, what kind of movie you would film?
Katy: My favorite movies tend to be psychological thrillers and (well executed) horror films. Some of my favorites are “It Follows”, “Psycho”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Momento” and “Inception”. I also love the recent trend in space thrillers. “Gravity”, “The Martian” and “Interstellar” are fabulous.
What is the process of creation? What is the first step?
Katy: I think the answer to this question is different for every artist. My very first step is to clean up my work area and organize my materials. It is very hard for me to create in a messy environment. There is something about a clean workspace that promotes productivity.
What kind of software do you use to create your artworks?
Katy: I don’t usually use software to create my works. I do use photoshop and Illustrator for cleaning up files and post-processing, though!
What tools do you use to create your masterpieces (pens, pencils, paper, brushes etc?) What can you recommend?
Katy: I use a wide variety of materials. Some of my favorites are Prismacolor Premier Soft Core pencils, PH Martin’s Concentrated watercolors, Copic Sketch markers, Winsor & Newton watercolors and gouache, and micron liner pens.
Are there some special technologies that you use?
Katy: Besides some software for post-processing, almost all of my work is done by traditional means.
Do you cooperate with well-known brands?
Katy: Yes! I have had the pleasure of working with brands and Companies like Patreon, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Wellington, Blue Star Coloring (best know in the adult coloring world), Passion Planner, Topps, Ethika, Modify Watches, and many others.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Katy: I am consistently told that making a living off of art is nearly impossible. I think being told this over and over again has pushed me to prove myself and consistently work hard. Another great advice is that having a good work ethic is absolutely crucial in the freelancing industry. You are setting your own hours and deadlines (for the most part) and without a good work ethic, it is best to go into a more structured line of work.
What would be the first advice to give yourself 10 years ago?
Katy: Master the basics of drawing. Young artists get so bogged down with developing a ‘style’ that they forget to learn how to draw before learning how to stylize a drawing. If artists focus on becoming well rounded and proficient in technical drawing at a young age, they will have a solid foundation for stylizing their work in the future and being able to adapt to any project that may come their way!
What are your favorite phone applications?
Katy: POKEMON GO.
Haha, I love Instagram, of course. I think it is a great tool for artists to promote themselves. Other applications that are essential (to me) are Paypal, Slack, Geocaching, Dropbox and Best Times (an app that tracks the best times to post on social media).
But seriously, Pokemon Go is amazing.
You are a very beautiful woman what are the top 5 things you carry in your purse?
Katy: Besides the essentials (wallet, ID, credit cards, phone, keys etc.) I always carry the following:
1. A pencil
2. Something to draw on (a small sketchbook or notepad)
5. A random trinket for trading while geocaching.
Any suggestion you would like to give to those who would like to make an art and their hobby a part of their lives?
Katy: I think anyone who is considering making an art a part of their lives, shouldn’t hesitate to start immediately. Art can healing, insightful, stress relieving, challenging, and just overall enriching to a person’s life. Start by buying a pencil and sketchbook. Draw what you see, what you imagine or both! Go to local art openings, events, and museums. Subscribe to blogs or follow artists on Facebook and Instagram. There are so many little steps people can take to bring art into their everyday lives, and I encourage anyone to take those steps!
Thanks Katy for the interesting answers to all of my questions.
I would like to wish you, Katy, to stay the same great and positive person as you are. I wish you to achieve all of your goals and let your way to the greatest success will be smooth and filled up with lots of positive, interesting and useful discoveries.
Looking forward to your thoughts in the comments below!
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