Are you available for commission by companies and magazines?
Absolutely! Feel free to get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07870662180
Are you available for personal commissions (portraits, weddings, birth announcements, etc.)?
I am. If you’re interested in a personal commission, feel free to get in touch with me: email@example.com | 07870662180
Can I use one of your illustrations for my logo/promotional item/business/unrelated article etc.?
If you would like to use my work for promotional purposes, an article or business, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07870662180 and let me know what you intend to use it for, what the primary purpose is (educational, commercial etc.) and what your budget is. As all of my work is copyrighted and protected by UK law, you may not use or sell any of my work/illustrations/logos without my consent. If possible and desirable, I will make a licence available for you.
Why do you create work about endometriosis?
Because I suffer from it myself. I wanted to help both the charity Endometriosis UK and others who suffer with the condition in any way I could and it made sense to offer my time and skills in 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 to use my work for promotional purposes, an article or business, please contact me: email@example.com | 07870662180 and let me know what you intend to use it for and what your budget is. I often grant permission for medical professionals to provide my booklets to endometriosis / chronic pain sufferers; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission. As all of my work is copyrighted and protected by UK law, you may not use or sell any of my work/illustrations/logos without my consent. If possible and desirable, I will make a licence available for you.
Can I come to lessons / watch you teach at Canterbury Christ Church University?
Only if you are an enrolled student with the university on 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 reproductions 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 crop out 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 of my work is NOT allowed. All my work is copyright protected under 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 create things; I drew on everything, including my essays! I’m mainly self-taught, but I "upped" my skills during my BTEC in Stage Production and then changed it up a bit more at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, where I studied for a Foundation in Art and Design. From there I went on to study Graphic Design at Bath Spa University. You don't have to study illustration / drawing to become good; practice and passion can get you far. However, it does help to have a good education when it comes to understanding design and branding practices.
How did you develop your style?
I'm still developing my style! I’ve been drawing since I was really young and it is constantly evolving. Over the years I've developed my drawing skills by taking classes, drawing a lot and trying new things. The tools make a difference too: when I draw with pencils I tend to be more detailed than when I paint with gouache, for example. My digital designs are normally simple and striking as well as more stylised. 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 watercolour, gouache or coloured pencils, or I work digitally. After I've finished everything to my liking, I scan the illustration. Then comes the last part: colourising. I use a Wacom Cintiq for this, adding layer over layer of colour to my illustration. I might then do a bit more digital shading and add a few highlights. I use brushes and textures I created myself or have purchased 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 Christ Church University to make a living alongside my design and illustration business. I recently scaled down my hours at the university to focus on freelance work full time, but it’s hard work. I live very simply to keep my overheads 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 have a cuppa with you to discuss my project/my portfolio/my illustration career.
Unfortunately, I don’t offer guidance projects or portfolio reviews in my spare time, as I love to spend that time with my friends and family.
What brand of gouache / watercolours / pencils etc. do you use?
At the moment I love Winsor & Newton, for 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 host. The same goes for mentoring or personal help over email. Unfortunately, there are too many requests and too little time. I also teach, so I have to reserve a lot of support and energy for my students.
Thanks so much for your questions!