London based illustrator Kat Heap has recently completed an MA at Camberwell College of Arts, and her she discusses her ‘realistic cartoon’ style.
WHERE DID YOUR FASCINATION WITH ART BEGIN?
I was always obsessed with cartoons and comics as a child, I used to sit in front of the TV trying to copy the things I saw and trying to make up my own stories. I was thoroughly disappointed by anything that wasn’t in cartoon form – when the first Flintstones film came out, my Mum took my brother and I to see it and I remember telling her it “would’ve been better if it was a cartoon”. As I got older, I became more and more interested in street art, I guess I was never too interested in going to galleries and looking at the old masters, I was always very influenced by pop culture and the things immediately around me.
WHY ILLUSTRATION OVER ANY OTHER MEDIUM?
Illustration was something I enjoyed doing from a very early age, I was always too clumsy to do anything really crafty or practical. I had a very overactive imagination when I was younger, so drawing new worlds and stories always appealed to me.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I guess the closest way I can describe my style is as a ‘realistic cartoon’, I like to base my work in realism, but I also like to keep a stylised aspect to it.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?
I admire a lot of graphic designers work, particularly the work of David Carson and Stephen Smith (Neasden Control Centre) and the way they mix analogue and digital styles. Illustratively, I really admire the work of Chamo San- I would sell my arms to be able to draw like him!
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?
Happiness and success mainly- a lucrative career in illustration that allows me to work from home in my pyjamas eating crisps.