I recently had the pleasure of being interview by 3dTotal. We talk about Kickstarter, freelance art career, art techniques and more:
“Mythical Beasts artist Kiri Leonard tells us about her Kickstarter, “Year of the Unicorn,” as well as her favorite artists, techniques and the furry animals who occupy her life.
3dTotal: Tell us about your creations and the type of work you love to make.
KOL: I would describe my art style is whimsical mixed with a dash of mystery and darkness. I like to work with contrast, usually of scale. I like illustrating little things in big worlds, or big worlds found in little things. I also often work with deeper themes such as loneliness, friendship, belief, and hopefulness. I’m very fond of working with animal characters, and with mythical beings such as fairies or trolls. (…)
3dTotal: Who would you say are your main influences?
KOL: Brian Froud’s book Good Faeries/Bad Faeries is what started me on the idea of wanting to be an artist, so he is my strongest influence, other than that I find I’m often more so influenced by authors than artists. Books like Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland have had a profound influence on my work. Some artists whose work always takes my breath away are Norman Rockwell, Matt Rhodes, Igor Sid, Kimberli Johnson and Jacob Rozalski. It’s a very mixed bag but I think it’s important to look across genres to find your voice.”
Please find the full interview here: 3dTotal Interview – Kiri Østergaard Leonard