Girlcrush: Kathrin Honesta
Meet Kathrin. She’s a super talented illustrator. A while ago, we chatted with her about art, inspirations, and guilty pleasures. Here’s how it goes:
What are you working on right now?
I am working on a few different projects for now; book jacket projects and illustration for apps.
I am also working on a few personal projects as well, collaborating with my writer friends doing poem books and picture books.
Other than that, there's an exhibition that is coming up next month, so I am on the progress to prepare for that exhibition too. My works are basically a little bit here and there.
What do you listen to when you draw?
I listen to all kind of music really, depending on the mood at that moment. But for now, I am really into Passion Pit. I guess it's the upbeat music that pumps me up while working.
Out of all your projects, which project feels the closest to your heart? Why?
I have a few favorite projects, but if I have to choose one, I'll say that a picture book that I did, "The Shadow & The Star" has a huge impact for me personally. For a Christmas project, I created the book with my writer friend, Ong Kay Jen. We chose the theme that we care about deeply; which is loneliness and faith. Maybe that's why I really enjoy the working process. The other part that really makes this project special is the response from the readers.
It's really interesting! A lot of people wrote back to us. Many of them ended up telling us their own struggle. Others tell us their own interpretation of the story. It's beyond our expectation that so many people could relate to "The Shadow & The Star"
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere, but I am mostly inspired by nature, life, faith and people.
I gain a lot of inspiration through the works of many amazing artists and authors too.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I have an itchy mouth. Snacking has always been my guilty pleasure :(
Take a look at our outfits! Which one do you like the most?
I am more towards comfort & simplicity when it comes to clothing style. I really like the combination
of this cropped-off shoulder top & culottes. It's really casual and simple.
What are your tips for aspiring artists?
Practice makes perfect; draw, draw and draw.
Be observant, keep on learning. Read a lot of books, not only about art, but about anything that interest you.
Last but not least, be patient and don't ever give up!
Written by Helena Natasha.