Katy Lipscomb is a full time art student and a freelance illustrator based in Georgia. She creates vivid and lively drawings of wild animals using colored pencils, markers and watercolors. In every piece, she perfectly combines multiple colors with flowing lines that brings life to her subject.
What is your earliest memory of being inspired to create art?
Katy Lipscomb: My earliest memory of creating art is from when I was about 3 or 4. My mom always ensured that I had a space to create art from the time I was very young (my first space was a little nook underneath the staircase in our first house). One of the first projects that I have a clear memory of working on is that of making costumes for my beanie babies. I loved collecting as many beanie babies as I could (I loved the canines and big cats).
Katy Lipscomb: My style has been an evolution over the years. Since I was very little I have been fascinated by intense colors swirling active compositions. I have also always been inspired by nature. Growing up we always had pets- dogs, lizards, fish...you name it. I think these creatures truly left an impact on me and my work.
Your art of is full of colors and life, why colored pencil instead of other medium?
Katy Lipscomb: While I enjoy working in other mediums (watercolors and marker), I have always loved the intimacy of the colored pencil. It is a delicate utensil, and demands the artist to pay close attention to every stroke. It can not be covered or erased easily. If the artist can master the colored pencil, the results can be glorious. I suppose this can be said for any art medium, but I think it is especially true for the colored pencil.
How do you come up with ideas for your illustrations?
Katy Lipscomb: I think this comes back to my love of animals and nature. Usually I will have an idea in my head and I just start sketching to bring it to life. Other times I am inspired by an existing work or picture. Art is a continuous collaboration with the world around us. It does not exist in a vacuum.
Katy Lipscomb: Haha, I think I would be pretty lost. I love to travel, so I suppose I would try and revolve my life around something that allowed me to do that. I also love horseback riding and rock climbing. Anything that allowed me to be outdoors would be ideal.