The Art Of Illustratration?? Kelcey Vossen.
Embarked upon the path to creating something memorable, Kelcey Vossen is one such illustrator who, with her exceptional skills, is challenging the very definition of the art-form.
Keep reading for a Q and A session that we had with Kelcey.
What made you want to create Illustrations?
“I have always enjoyed art, even as a young girl, and knew that I should enter
a creative field following university. I did not have any formal artistic training but
social media helped me to develop a portfolio and it has led to numerous industry-related opportunities.”
What currently fascinates you and how is it feeding into your work?
“Fashion and anything in popular culture! Perhaps that is a bit of a cliché? I love fashion and found illustration a fantastic way to become more actively engaged in the industry but in a way uniquely my own.”
What are the tools you use the most?
“I primarily use art markers such as Copics, Prismacolor, and Chartpak. Chartpak
are fantastic because they give a “water colour” effect to illustrations. I would like
to start using paints, mostly oil and gouche. It is important to try different media because it can really lend an interesting perspective to your work.”
How do you think online design resources have influenced the design being
“Online portals really have made illustration more accessible and connect people
within the industry. I find the immediacy of social media fantastic for spreading ideas and gaining a following. It also enables design to percolate into other industries, making seemingly different fields far more interconnected.”
How often do you draw? Do you think it’s important for an illustrator to be able to
“I like to draw most days of the week. I find it relaxing and a great way to unwind after a long day at work. I don’t think all illustrators need to be able to manually draw, but it sure helps! I feel being able to draw, or having an interest in it, fuels the creative process.”
What would you say is your strongest skill?
“I think I have a good understanding of shading and light – I generally try to pick
fashion related images that have a good degree of depth and allow me to use a
broad range of shades.”
What type and size of sheet do you use? What’s the smallest and largest art
work you’ve ever made?
“I generally use 9” x 12” size paper although one of my largest pieces was almost
4 feet tall! It was used at a market event and needed to fill an entire window.”
According to you, what is the best fashion or art trend which you like to carry?
“I like the concept of “intuitive illustration” – not correcting yourself if you make a
mistake but allowing the lines to flow and the final product to be a little messy. I think that makes art so much more interesting and unique!”
Who are your favourite fashion designers and artist. Why?
“I follow so many fashion illustrators on social media! I absolutely love what Katie
Rodgers of Paper Fashion is doing as well as Donald Robertson; both are
incredibly different in terms of stylistic elements but are so inspiring. In earlier
days it really helped me to develop my own style and the direction I wanted my
illustrations to go in.”
Any advice for anyone who wants to be a illustrator/graphic designer?
“My biggest piece of advice? Persistence! Keep going, don’t give up on yourself if
you do not get positive or incredible feedback right away, it really does take time.
I have had some wonderful people say extremely kind things about my artwork,
but then there have been those not-so-nice comments as well; don’t let those define you or change your determination. There is an incredible amount of talent out there and there is a place for you if you stick to it and stay true to yourself.”
What do you do when you are not working?
“I am currently finishing up my degree at Parsons The New School in marketing
and am working at Hearst Corporation. I like to illustrate in my off time, generally after work or on the weekends; I am in no way a ‘professional, full-time’ illustrator, though it would be fantastic to devote more time to this activity.”
What do you enjoy the most about being an illustrator?
“What I love the most is the feedback I get from those who enjoy my work; it is so
incredibly rewarding and flattering! When people come to me with custom
illustration ideas, my week is just made. It is such a wonderful feeling to know
that my art is framed and hanging in clients’ homes.”
What is your craziest dream that still hasn’t come true?
“It would be absolutely phenomenal if my work were utilized in a high fashion
campaign. You see designers and fashion houses such as Isabel Marant, Hermes, and Prada commissioning fashion illustrators in advertising or PR events – I would love to participate in this some day! Or being more actively involved in New York Fashion Week…you really know you’ve made it if you’re invited to sit in some of the shows and live sketch and is great for gaining further recognition.”
Some people think art is just about feeling inspired. Is there any discipline required too, from your point of view?
“Absolutely, you truly develop a skill set and “style” if you continuously look for opportunities to create. I try to commit to drawing everyday, even if it is just for 15
Designing and Illustrating is a matter of concentration. You go deep into what you want to do. It’s about intensive research, really. The concentration is warm and intimate and like the fire inside the earth – intense but not distorted. You can go to a place, really feel it in your heart. It’s actually a beautiful feeling. So go ahead and check out Kelcey and her amazing illustrations.
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Website portfolio/contact for custom illustrations: www.kelceyvossen.squarespace.com
– Aditya Ajay.