Oh, Hello There!
A little about me...
Where do you live?
I live in Valley Village, Los Angeles, CA.
Where have you lived?
I have lived in Edmonton (Canada), Gibson Island (Canada), Akron (Ohio), and now LA.
What medium do you use?
I like to work in colored pencil, watercolor crayon, and Photoshop.
How do you stay inspired?
It's easy for me to stay inspired. There is always something new to learn and try!
Do you work traditionally or digitally?
Both! I often start traditionally and clean things up digitally, but really it's whatever the project calls for.
What color combinations are you most excited about right now?
I actually like to close my eyes and reach into my crayon or pencil bag and see what colors I pull out. I often get very cool and unexpected color combos that way.
Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
Illustration has always been a part of me, I love it!
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
Oh my goodness... so many things! Maybe a Librarian, or Brand Strategist, or Buddhist Monk in a monastery in Nova Scotia? Seriously, there are a lot of cool jobs out there!
What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
My dream jobs are: Illustrating books for children, book covers, magazines, super cute products, and pretty much anything that gives me the freedom to do what I do best.
What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
One day while working at Fedex Kinkos, Topher Grace walked in (That 70's Show). He needed help printing from his email, and I was super star struck and had to pretend I didn't know who he was. It was incredibly surreal.
Name something you do in your spare time.
If I have spare time… I read, read, read and nap.
What are you reading now?
I tend to read several books at a time, but right now I'm reading Now Say This!, and The Birth Partner. I really love learning, so much of what I read tends to be non-fiction.
What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
When I'm drawing, I rely heavily on the audio book section of the public library. Recently I was recommended a book called The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, and really enjoyed it!
What blog(s) or magazines do you read?
I don't really read blogs, does Pinterest count? I LOVE magazines. I subscribe to FLOW and UPPERCASE, and enjoy getting my SCBWI INSIGHT in the mail. I also loved getting CICADA magazine when it was in print.
Where have you travelled and where would you like to travel to next?
I don't consider myself well travelled but I've been to a few places in the states; New Orleans has been one of my highlights. For my honeymoon we went to Thailand and visited an elephant sanctuary which was pretty magical. Next I would love to visit Japan.
What’s your favorite TV show?
So many... Westworld, Game of Thrones, Voltron, Steven Universe. We are in a new Golden Age of TV!
What movie have you seen several times?
Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki.
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Aang, from Avatar the Last Airbender.
What is your favorite cheese?
So many... Smoked Gouda, Mushroom Brie, Goat Feta, Fresh Mozzarella... mmm...
Do you wear shoes when you do art?
Nope. I follow the Canadian tradition of not wearing shoes in the house.
What do you listen to while you work?
Depends, I try to match the music to the mood of the work. If it doesn't matter, I listen to books or podcasts.
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
Maybe Tofu? I really like tofu. And green tea. Tofu and green tea.
How do you stay in shape?
I have a toddler, but I like to stretch and do yoga when I feel the need for it. I'd love to bike and walk if LA were a better city for that.
How don’t you stay in shape?
I sit in a chair a lot and stay there for hours.
What is your current favorite font?
I love all kinds of fonts, but I often gravitate to simple ones like Helvetica Neue or Lato.
How do you take your coffee?
Usually I don't drink coffee but I LOVE me a green tea frap with soy, or green tea latte with soy. In case you're buying.
What question would you most like to be asked?
"Kendra, would you like to sleep in while I clean, do all the laundry and the grocery shopping?" Yes, yes I would.