Ten years ago it seemed that the illustration was dying, that the digital would take over without leaving any escape to the human product. It was the opposite.
Katie Smith, illustrator and student at the Glasgow School of Art, is a further demonstration of how much the love for art, drawing in particular, has not disappeared, but evolved; advanced technology or not. Creatives have more tools and sharing channels, a wider audience to which decline the works and more opportunities for collaborations. For these reasons, artists often create a real portfolio on the Instagram feed. From there, they can have access to the world thank to their skill and a stroke of luck.
In the case of Katie, 2020 brought several positive feedback: from collaborations with Bare Minerals, Iolla and singer Shania Twain, she has been able to draw a personal realization, as well as an artistic one. This is because creating for someone rather than for herself is the most satisfying thing in her work, as she says in some interviews. Whether you are one of her clients or simply among her followers, her drawings will welcome you into a feminine world, characterized by bright colors and positive energy – an element she hopes to never lose.
Studying Communication Design at GSA, Katie refines her skills in illustration, photography and graphic design, but what she really considers an added value is the creative environment that exudes from classes, friends and events. Each of these components are reflected in her images: moments of everyday life, tables laid and social representations such as Black Lives Matter. Each subject is captured by a garish palette, characteristic of the girl power expressed.
For a more cheerful feed, you can follow Katie Smith on her Instagram account, leaving behind negativity and greyness.
Article by Cobie