Here at I’m With Geek, we adore fan art or innovative art of any kind. Combining the mediums of every show, film and comic we like, people who use art to convey scenes and scenarios that they like to see. Some are pretty stale, mainly down to talent and some our excellent but they both have passion. Adored and loved, hand crafted art is a completely incredible source of art. A lot of which filter into our internet, our t-shirts and our accessories. Fan art, like most art, is an endearing and real interpretation of the initial creations we love.
There is a unique flare to Kayleigh’s work though that make her stand out against the rest. Whether they it is in the crude initial sketches or the colourful creations completed, Kayleigh brings her own personality into them. It feels entirely fresh whilst still beating with the same heart as the shows she is portraying. Her original work too, including cartoons of herself and friends have been met with great furore. They are growing ever more successful, with the Filth inspired piece being liked by the director Jon S Baird and Irvine Welsh!
I was lucky enough to get a few words from Kayleigh to see her thoughts on the ever expanding world of art.
"I create artwork based around popular culture using a variety of methods. Over the past year, I’ve been focusing more on my digital work and style due to new technologies. My fan art derives from inspiration from my creative friends. They help push me to create more and inspire me to create unique pieces of artwork. Conversations with friends tend to lead to ideas which can lead to several new designs, especially after a few drinks. Suddenly the idea of drawing the South Park characters in Adventure Time doesn’t seem so strange.
My work varies between fan artwork and portrait artwork. Since I was little I have always loved to draw people, in particular facial expressions. I love the chance to try different styles and use different models. Twitter and Reddit are both great places for inspiration when I sit down to draw when my mind draws a blank. I visit the subreddits Sketch Daily and Reddit Gets Drawn for daily inspiration. I frequent these sites to aid both my illustration and portrait work and I get to critique and leave feedback for other artists (professional and amateur). Twitter also has a page (@Sketch_dailies) which I visit a few times a week. This is a great place to generate ideas as they give you a theme yet it’s up to yourself to create the composition and work."
How do you create your work?
"The majority of the time I draw my ideas to get a general idea of how the image will look. I have bad days where every idea ends up in the bin and I tend to sulk and watch Netflix to distract myself. If the idea is decent, I’ll note it down and continue a few days later. I also have great days where I can create multiple images whilst watching a couple of films. This is when I do some of my favourite pieces that always make me proud."
What are your long term goals with it?
"My long term goal is to make a living from my artwork. I am currently a supply teacher in the Sheffield area; however, I eventually want to teach Art in College. I have shorter term goals which I hope to accomplish with the help of my friends."
You can check out Kayleigh's brilliant work here or here! Make sure you are following her first, because her work is going to be on t-shirts soon!