5 Sep 2012

Artist 145: Luka Va







Hello all and welcome to another one of our trademark artist features where we get to dish the love over the latest up and coming illustrators, we really do have some great artists here on the Rally and our latest feature is no exception as well. Luka Va from the beautiful Lithuania now living in the equally but differently beautiful Melborne is a great breath of fresh air with her unique characters and cheeky animals. Luka has a great sense of composition and how many elements to include in a piece and this as much as her subjects is a defining feature of her work. You can tell Luka draws a lot, she has some great stylistic choices to her work that give her a shortcut into delivering a unique narrative feel. she uses exactly what she needs where she needs to give a great uncomplicated delivery that can't help but to charm the viewer and bring them into her world. She has an eagle eye for colour and this is the final touch to her well formed style that is such a great all round package. I'm sure she will do well in the future and here at the Rally we wish her the best of luck.

Who are you:
(It is probably one of the most philosophic questions...)

My name is Luka Va. I'm an illustrator and a graphic designer from Vilnius, Lithuania, now living in Melbourne, Australia.

What do you do:
I draw animals. That's what I do :)
OK, OK, I also draw people, buildings, patterns... I love experimenting with different techniques and some crafts. Most of them are hobbies of a week or two and then I find a new one, so probably it is not so important.

How did you start:
I drew animals, people and crazy architecture since I could hold a crayon in my hand. And I couldn't do anything else. And it is not finished. I think, I'm just starting.

A Personal statement about you or your work:
Inspiration comes from everyday life. You just need to catch it and capture it in your own way. Every artwork is telling stories and every character becomes alive. Sometimes I can feel them sitting in sketchbooks, hanging out on post-its and watching me. Am I going crazy?

Links: 
www.luk.lt
facebook
flickr
etsy

Artist 144: Katy Hudson






It's a sweet pastel treat for you now with the delectable work of Katy Hudson. Katy is one of those illustrators who posses that rare property of genuine mechanical skill that gives her so much freedom in how to express herself. The result of course is her beautiful realisations of animals that have character and also believability. Her work uses a gentle palette that compounds her watercolour style and gives a gentle strength to her work. Her work is of course charming, and she achieves this well without becoming to saccharine to believe. She has a great set of prospects ahead of her with this strong and convincing style and we wish her well in the future.

Who are you:
I'm Katy Hudson and I'm a freelance Illustrator based in the UK currently represented by Bright Art Licensing

What do you do:
I work predominantly in ink, pencil and lately watercolour then sometimes piece these drawings together with collage on my mac to produce illustrations for greeting cards, editorial, publishing and advertising.

How did you start:
I was always drawing as a child, drawing characters from storybooks and films I decided from a very young age that when I was a grown up I would work at a big drawing desk with a spinny chair! So after A levels and an Art foundation course I did a BA Hons in Graphic Communication specialising in Illustration at Bath Spa University.

A Personal statement about you or your work:
I love to tell stories and play with the elements within my drawings, animals seem to be a constant source of inspiration possibly for their different shapes and textures. A little obsessed with mark making, my favourite tools are my ink pen and an old paintbrush I've had since college that always seems to give me the right marks.

Links:
www.katyhudson.co.uk
blog
@katyhuds