Kristen is a freelance illustrator inspired by coziness, silliness, and nostalgia. She sells art through her print shop, as well as working by commission.
Tell us about your journey into illustration.
I started my art business by creating embroidery pieces, and realized I wanted to grow my skills further through drawing and illustrating. I had found so many amazing artists I loved and wanted to do what they did. I’ve always loved story-telling, and originally thought of myself as a writer, but now I realize I am more of a visual story-teller.
Did you find there were many barriers to pursuing illustration as a career? If so, how did you overcome them?
I had no art training, and never thought I was good enough to even try drawing. I realized that thought process was what was holding me back, so I decided to just teach myself. I took Skillshare classes, watched Youtube videos, and practiced daily. I used to think there was a certain age you reached when you couldn’t learn or try anything new. I know now that’s wrong, and I had decided to not let the fear of failure stop me from trying something.
Tell us a bit more about why you are so passionate about illustration - what keeps you interested in it?
Art is a form of therapy for me, as well as allowing me to get all of my stories out into the world. I love making people happy through my art, and if what I do makes someone’s day better, then I know I have done my job.
What advice would you offer to makers who are thinking of taking up illustration, or any new craft?
Don’t let the fear of failure stop you. You will probably make a lot of mistakes, but we only get better through practice. It sounds so easy to say, and pretty cliche, but it’s so true. And I would not be where I am today if I didn’t practice every single day, or if I was too afraid to try something new, or to show someone what I’ve created. Show the world. Chances are, someone will connect with what you’ve done.