Are you available for commission by companies and magazines?
Absolutely! Feel free to get in touch with me: email@example.com | 07870662180
Are you available for personal commissions (portraits, weddings, birth announcements, etc)?
I am. If you’re interested in a personal commissions, feel free to get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07870662180
Can I use one of your illustrations for my logo/promotional item/business/unrelated article etc.?
If you would like it to use for promotional purposes, an article or business, please contact me: email@example.com | 07870662180 and let me know what you are going to use it for, what the purpose is and what your budget is. As all of my work is copyrighted and protected by the UK law. It is not allowed to use or sell any of my work/illustrations/Logos without my consent. I will make a license for you available if I can
Why do you create work about endometriosis?
Because I suffer from it myself. I wanted to help both the charity and others who suffers with the condition in any way I could and it made sense to do it with design and illustration.
I have a charity, can you do my work for free?
I do not work for free. But I do offer discounted rates to charities and organisations with a message or goal I believe in.
Can I share / use your endometriosis work for my charity or business?
If you would like it to use for promotional purposes, an article or business, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07870662180 and let me know what you are going to use it for, what the purpose is and what your budget is. As all of my work is copyrighted and protected by the UK law. Doctors and Nurses may print out my booklets to give to suffers, but please email me; email@example.com before doing so. It is not allowed to use or sell any of my work without my consent.
Can I come to lessons / watch you teach at Canterbury Christchurch University?
Only if you are an enrolled student with the university and in the same modules. They are not open classes or workshops.
Do you teach workshops on illustration or design outside of the University?
Yes I do! Details here: NEW WORKSHOP COMING SOON
Do you sell prints or products of your work?
Yes, I do! You can find them in my shop.
Can I share your work on social media?
Sure! As long as you’re not using it for commercial purposes, I’m very happy if you do this. But please don’t cut off my signature or edit my work in any way. Also make sure to link to my website or instagram-account. Cheers!
Can I write a blog post about your work?
Absolutely! You can share my work by embedding the images directly from my instagram-account.
Also, don’t forget to link to my website: www.ohhhkaye.co.uk
Any editing to my work is NOT allowed. All my work is copyrighted protected under the UK law, so if you want to make translations to another language, please ask my permission first.
Where did you learn how to draw/Where did you study?
I always wanted to be create things, I drew on everything, including my essays! I’m mainly self-taught, but I did "up" my skills whilst doing my BTEC on Stage Production, then changed it up a bit more at the Kent Institute of Art and Design where I studied a Foundation in Art and Design. From there I went onto study Graphic Design at Bath Spa University. You don't have to study illustration / drawing to become good at it, practice and passion can get you far. However, it does help to have a good understanding and education when it comes to design and branding practices. There is a lot to learn here.
How did you develop your style?
I still am! I’ve been drawing since I was really young and it is constantly evolving. Over the years I developed my drawing skills by taking classes, drawing a lot and trying new things. The tools help too: when I draw with pencils I tend to be more detailed than when I paint with gouache for example. My digital design are normal simple and striking as well as more stylisted. So the medium defines my style as well.
How do you create your illustrations?
I start with a rough sketch for composition. I use a graphite pencil for this. After that I pick a colour palette.Then I either work out the illustration in watercolours, gouache and coloured pencils, or I do it digitally. After I finished everything to my liking, I scan the illustration. Then comes the last part: colourizing. I use a Wacom Cintiq for this. I add layer over layer with colour to my illustration. I do a bit more of shading and add highlights digitally. I use brushes and textures I created myself or have bought from other artists.
How do I get started in the illustration world?
I invest a lot of time drawing. Make sure you practice a lot and be patient. I work as a sessional teacher at Canterbury Christchurch University to make a living next to illustrating for clients. I recently scaled down my hours at the university to focus on freelance work full time, but it’s hard work. I live very simple to keep my overhead low so I can dedicate my time to this job.
Make a lot of work, create a portfolio, stay focused, work even harder, and make sure you have a website.
I’d like to get a cuppa with you to discuss my project/my portfolio/my illustration career.
Unfortunately I don’t do guidance projects or portfolio reviews in my spare time, as I would love to spend more time with my friends and family.
What brand of gouache/watercolours/pencils/etc. do you use?
At the moment I love Winsor&Newton, both watercolours and gouache, and I use many different branded pencils!
Who are your favourite artists / designers?
Oliver Jeffers, Quentin Blake, Mary Blair, Laura Hughes, Mark Conlan, Cathryn Weatherhead, Ben the Illustrator, Viktorija Semjonova, Jon Burgerman, Gemma Correll, Marloes De Vries, Laura Gee... so many!!!!
Do you take interns?
Sadly No. I have too little time right now to be a good intern guide. The same goes for mentoring or personal help over email unfortunately, as there are too many requests and too little time. I also teach, so I have to give a lot of support and energy to my students.
Thanks so much for you questions!