Artist Spotlight: Katie Grech

katie-g-4Katie’s Portfolio

Where are you from / currently live?
Mackay, Australia

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio.
I became interested in art when I was a kid In the 80/90’s, watching my uncle draw and paint, watching animated movies (a favourite was The Little Mermaid) and playing video games (a favourite was Super Mario).

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.
The first 2 years out of college, I worked mostly on Flash games where I developed my vector art and animation skills. I am freelancing at the moment, and I do mostly marketing material for small business now, developing my graphic design skills. Something that has been a constant is illustration work, developing my digital painting skills.

katie-g-3Has working around so many other GDG artists influenced your art style? If so, in what way?
Just before I got accepted into GDG, I did a series of pinup illustrations for a big Australian lingerie company, and I struggled with the pinup style. Since joining GDG, I’ve learned so much from the artists personal styles – especially from Genevieve FT, Leen Isabel, Sherry Delorme, Pamela Barbieri, and Joanna Davidovich.

Where do you find your inspiration for your art?
There is this Facebook group called ‘Caricaturama Showdown 3000! ( where all members draw the same person every week. It’s so cool because while they all look like the same person, the likeness is always different. I think that is really interesting and it inspires me to paint my version. I never get to submit them though, because I don’t have time to finish them!

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?
I prefer digital because it’s much faster than traditional, and the stuff that work on usually requires the work to be digital.

katie-g-Lacey-Pisani-RGB-for-WebAre there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for?
Video game art

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?
I would like to be a good traditional painter.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

The way I became a professional artist was to just do it. I had just started my art degree and I was a really bad artist, but I wanted to practice the skills I was learning in college so I started freelancing. I did a lot of free/cheap work for local bands in the beginning. Musicians and promoters are always needing cheap artwork for gig posters and other promo material. Aspiring young artists should start there if they need professional practice.
It was more than 5 years of being a professional artist until I got to a point where I was happy with my work. It takes a long time to be a good artist … practice, practice, practice every day!