Natalie Kilany is a UK based illustrator, with a contemporary style. She graduated from Middlesex University, accomplishing a BA in visual communication design illustration. Her simple contemporary style is achieved by using traditional mediums such as water colour and pencil. Natalie has worked for Volkswagen via DDB London on a visual campaign for two of their family cars the Sharan and Touran. She has also just completed a wonderful poetry book, Mind the Gap by Roger McGough for Harper Collins.
: What drew you to illustration/design? Natalie
: As a child I loved reading the Roald Dahl books, in particular Matilda and was completely mesmerized by Quentin Blake's illustrations. This led to a childhood of constant drawing especially on my sister's favourite books. Hey I just love to draw! Question
: Do you have any formal design training? Natalie
: I studied at Middlesex University and accomplished a BA in Visual Communication Design - Illustration. Question
: Where are you originally from? Natalie
: I was born in England, however my father is Egyptian and my mother is Indian. Question
: How do you get your ideas? Natalie
: Usually when I embrace the land of nod, thoughts and events of the day merge together to form a fresh new idea, ready to be uncorked in the morning. Question
: Do you collect anything? Natalie
: I collect children's books, Disney/Pixar animations and especially Tim Burton's movies.
: Do you keep a scrapbook? Natalie
: I don't keep a scrapbook, but I do keep a sketchbook, I can't function without one. Question
: What would be your dream job/commission? Natalie
: To be commissioned for a children's book series. Question
: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Natalie
: Quentin Blake, Sara Fanelli, Beatrix Potter, Alexis Deacon, David Lupton, Elena Odriozola and E. H. Shepard. Question
: Who is/are your musical hero/es? Natalie
: Mozart, Chopin, Guns and Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cold Play, Muse, Nirvana, Kings of Leon and many more. Question
: Do you have any pets? Natalie
: I have a Bichon Frise dog called Lolly, she basically looks like a white fluffy cloud. Question
: What do you have bookmarked? Natalie
: House of Illustration.