Day 29 – Kimmy Hogan
Kimmy Hogan is a professional graphic designer and self-taught digital artist from Geelong, Australia. Kimmy uses Adobe Illustrator and the Snapped app to bring us these lovely pieces of botanical art.
Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I am a professionally trained graphic designer but a self-taught artist. I did a Bachelor of Communication Design which taught me skills in digital design and illustration for commercial purposes – but it was my passion for home interiors which made me develop my skills in illustrating and fine art.
What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I do all my illustrating in Adobe Illustrator – specifically the ‘pen’ tool for free-hand drawing. And I can’t live without the ‘Snapseed’ app on my iPhone for brightening photos for instagramming!
Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
A lot of my inspiration comes from traditional oil/acrylic paintings – especially of the botanical kind! I love all the loose lines and blobs of colour. I try to replicate this look in a digital way with layering and layering shapes and strokes in a semi-abstract way.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
I always start with a bunch of flowers/foliage as inspiration. I take lots of photos at different angles then reference the photo when I draw. In Illustrator I use the ‘pen’ tool and start with a single shape then just keep building layers/shapes/colours until an image starts to emerge. Digital is all editable but I resist the urge to ‘neaten’ things up and keep the lines wobbly just as my hand has drawn it. An initial drawing can take at a minimum around 1-2 days of solid drawing but I usually revisit drawings over the coming weeks and months as the concept comes together. I might do about 5-10 revisions of a drawing before I’m happy!
What part of your process do you love the most?
I would say when I totally finish an artwork – some can be a real labour of love that take many revisions over many months to come together. Then there is that moment when you realise you’ve ‘got it’ and I feel like I’ve done justice to the beautiful subject I was drawing.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
Maybe I could be a florist or own a nursery!
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors! She is a stylist extraordinaire and totally blows my mind when she styles my shoot. Her energy is infectious and anyone who meets her would never forget her! She is also my agent and has been so generous with her knowledge of the industry and has been hugely supportive and encouraging.
Name an underrated artist
My friend Emily Nelson is a gorgeous artist who works with both watercolour and digital mediums. She does everything from custom portraits to murals for cafes and doesn’t have as many followers as she deserves on Instagram! Big shout out to Emily!!!
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
I would say I’m quite proud of my ‘Bloom’ range as I was more experimental with this one than previous ranges. I used more types of flowers within the one artwork than I had before and was a bit more loose and flowing with the composition. It was a fun range to work on!
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I’m currently working on my new range for next February. I have a baby also due in February so I’ll be letting my assistant take over a lot of the running of the business and I’ll use next year as a chance to relish time with my new baby and experiment with some new drawings as time permits!
Bonus Fun Questions
What is your pet peeve? An unmade bed
Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do? Take my two young boys to the beach/park/zoo. Or redecorating my house!
Website and Shop: Kimmy Hogan Website
Social: Kimmy Hogan on Instagram
Images courtesy of Kimmy Hogan © Kimmy Hogan