MEET OUR ILLUSTRATOR
Who is Kat Powell?
Kat Powell has been an artist since she was 12 years old and has been working as a professional artist since 2008. She earned a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting/drawing from Texas Tech University in 2010. She has shown her artwork in New York and Texas galleries and towards the end of college she began her career as an illustrator.
Kat's career has gone from medical illustrator to Book Illustration as well as Logo Design and Fashion Illustration. In her free time she teaches and entertains adults and children in painting classes in Lubbock, Texas where she lives and works.
The artwork she creates is mostly surreal, anatomical fantasy done in digital and traditional media. She finds beauty and humor behind the things that make many people squeamish.
Q&A with Kat Powell
Question: What made you want to become an artist?
Answer: There was no defining moment, it just started with a silly game. I started drawing with my sister, she would sketch something silly on a piece of paper and I would see if I could sketch something sillier and we would keep trying to make the other laugh. I still play the game with myself mostly, the humor has changed but I always try to outdo what I did before.
Question: What advice do you have for kids who want to be professional artists when they grow up?
Answer: I am going to sound cliché here but oh well. Always try to improve your craft, never sell yourself short, and use technology to get yourself noticed even if it is just by a few people. In case you were wondering there is no such thing as a "starving" artist, there is only a "part-time" or "full-time" artist. You will be able to find work if you are creative enough to know where to look.
Question: If you had to kill a zombie, what weapon would you use?
Answer: I am not an expert, although I have watched almost every zombie movie under the sun, but I guess that would depend on what type of zombie is after me brains! A shovel, helicopter, lawn mower, gun, sword, fire, and so many other objects would all serve as great weapons whether the zombies are quick or slow. But . . . if there is ever a zombie apocalypse I wouldn't mind giving a good fight but I also wouldn't mind turning into a zombie. It would be a unique experience, as long as I don't eat someone I know.