I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Natalie Kilany

Natalie Kilany

About
Impressions
Interview

Training


Natalie did her foundation course at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and followed it up with a BA in Visual Communication Design Illustration at Middlesex University.

Approach


Natalie’s motto is ‘live to draw’ and she believes that an artist should strive to develop and evolve their craft every day.

When she’s working on a picture book, she plots it out in thumbnail sketches first to decide on the overall layout. After that she works on full-size pencil sketches, which she transfers to watercolour paper where she applies watercolour paints, gouache and coloured pencils. The artwork is scanned in, with some shading and tweaking is done using the application Gimp.

Style


Natalie’s style is simple and contemporary, with a little whimsical flair. When it comes to characters she aims to give them a touch of sweetness, while avoiding the overtly cute label.
Question: 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.
Question: 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.
SELECTED CLIENTS:
DDB London, Volkswagen, Kings of Neon, Harper Collins

Favourites
Art Equipment/Tool: Windsor and Newton water colours
Food: steak and chips with a Sauce Béarnaise
Drink: Pepsi
Shop: Truffle Shuffle
Website: folksy - Modern British Craft
Magazine: Artists and Illustrators
 
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