Artist Spotlight: Katie Grech Interview
Where are you from / currently live?
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.
Has 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! (www.facebook.com/groups/
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.
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?