Kit King is a self-taught artist born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Kit's work tends to fall on the macabre side. With a focus on detail and rich value and colour palette. Her works have a darker edge to them while still maintaining a subtle beauty. "I was raised with a non fear of death and the unknown. With unrestrained curiosity and a nurtured creativity. I think that's reflected in my art." She works full time as an artist now.
“I like to challenge myself with complex portraits especially people with freckles or beard,” says Monica Lee, who often works from photographic portraits to create seemingly identical drawings. Surprisingly, Lee worked in the digital world for 12 years before making the jump to illustration. But it certainly doesn’t show. She now spends 3-4 weeks on a single drawing. The artist attributes her love for hyperrealism to her father, who worked in the field of photography.
Illustrator Von's latest solo exhibition, Elsewhere, opens at KK Outlet in London next week. Elsewhere, is a collection of delicately beautiful drawings based on photographs shot by Dan Sully. Each portrait in the collection explores those fleeting moments where we involuntarily slip under and away from all of our surroundings, appearing to others absent and completely elsewhere.
"Based in London, Von studied illustration and animation at Kingston University and set up his own studio, HelloVon, in 2006. He's since produced work for Nike, Selfridges, Penguin, the New Yorker and the Paralympic Games and has exhibited fine art work in London, New York and Los Angeles, including the beautiful graphite and pencil series Animals and Semblance, a collection of portraits combining traditional and digital image-making techniques. For his latest exhibition, Elsewhere, Von has created another series of graphite and pencil drawings, this time depicting subjects who are lost in thought. The show includes both large and small-scale artworks and Von has collaborated with Non-Format, HORT, David Pearson and Darren Firth on a set of limited edition exhibition posters, available to buy on his website."
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