Skill Highlight: Graphic Artist

Here at SkillPages, we believe that the story behind the piece of art is often just as fascinating as the piece itself.  Our skill highlights is a series dedicated to showcasing the stories behind our member’s extraordinary skills. We caught up with Kerry Robinson to see where her inspiration came from to create her ‘Eye People’ and how her skill has developed over the years.

Hi Kerry, how and when did you start graphic art?
I’ve always loved drawing and painting as a little girl, and somewhere along the way, illustrating took over. To this day, I love to people-watch in the streets so I take my camera with me everywhere and just take pictures that inspire me. This helps me when I sit down to draw and try to capture the moments I observed.

Is this your full-time job or more of a hobby?
For now it’s just a hobby but I’m currently trying to spread my work and projects across my online portfolios to help me get seen and noticed.

What advice would you give to someone considering a similar path?
I think for anyone starting out they will need to keep an open mind and gain computer software skills such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Another piece of advice would be to write all of your starting idea’s on a spider gram and if you get stuck on an idea or image you can just refer back to this. It hasn’t let me down yet!

You started at a young age, where did your inspiration come from for your designs?
My inspiration comes from Nanami Cowdroy and Tim Burton.  Nanami Cowdroy inspired me for my final college project which was based on tattoos as I love her style of work.  She uses black ink and pen and that’s how I became very fond of the biro as a technique.  I began to mimic her style until I became more confident in my drawings.  Another inspirational figure for me has been Tim Burton as he gave me the confidence to experiment with my artwork and as result I created my ‘Eye People’ that have been successful and very popular.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
When I get stuck I tend to leave the idea for a while and come back to it later.  When I get back to that idea my thoughts on it will have changed and I’ll have other directions to take it. Other ways I try to come unstuck is by doing a spider gram of different ideas.  If I get stuck on an idea I can just look back to my spider gram. I also look at other artists to help me get started on a project.

Is most of your business generated online or is it more word of mouth?
My business is mostly online. The best aspect of being online is that it has allowed me to present and showcase my work to a global market.  I really enjoy adding images of my work and introducing them to the world.  It’s like, hey, I DID THIS. It’s me!

Apart from designing, what new skills would you like to learn?
I would love to become more confident with programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.  Someday I would also love to work on new techniques such as graffiti and stencils.

Thanks Kerry for sharing your story!

Graphic artists from around the world 

For a sample of more graphic artists on SkillPages click the links to view their great portfolios:
Rosanna Gonzalez from Philippines is a freelance graphic artist for over five years and specialises in t-shirt designs, murals and posters.  Lukasz Owsieniecki from England recreates images from different photos and logos and also has experience in photo manipulation.  Leaza Tobias from South Africa has been involved in graphic art for over twenty years and has a huge amount of experience in all aspects of printing including silkscreen, boxes, t-shirts and adverts.

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