Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Brown.
Hi Katie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve been drawn to all things creative since I was a small child. I started really honing in on drawing in elementary school and continued to expand on this skill throughout high school.
I ended up going to college at the University of Kansas with a focus on visual art as a result of my artistic interests.
During my last few years of college, I started taking an interest in digital art and animation although that wasn’t my initial focus in school.
With the exception of an illustration class taken during my final semester of college, the majority of what I know today has been self-taught through trial and error.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have experienced a lot of ups and downs along the way.
College overall was a huge struggle for me, in some semesters I felt like I was on top of the world and in others, I felt like I was struggling to discover my calling. I didn’t really have a solid grasp on what I wanted to pursue until I was nearly finished with school, and that’s okay!
All of the ups and downs along the way helped to shape me into the person and artist that I am today, and I wouldn’t trade any of those lessons for the world.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in graphic art/illustration and am teaching myself both 2d and 3d animation as well. I am most proud of my technical drawing skills but have also grown to enjoy designing logos and curating branding concepts.
I find a really strong connection to the music industry, especially electronic music. A few years back, I did the branding for a festival put on by a local production company called Impakt and through that process found that I wanted to pursue design work within the music industry.
I designed a poster for their 2020 festival as well, however, the artwork was never used because the event was canceled due to COVID. Today, I am working with a new Kansas City-based start-up production company called Astral Collective as their lead graphic artist/designer.
I designed the company’s logo, and we aim to start hosting events in the city by the end of the summer, with the goal of curating an environment that inspires creativity.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
If anyone would like to collaborate or offer support, they can contact me via Instagram or email.
I am most active on my Instagram account and am very responsive to direct messages! I am always open to working with new people, whether that be on a collaborative or commission-based level.
- Design rates are $50/hr.
- Custom art/graphic work varies based on size and/or hours invested in the project.