Hey hey hey! It's Saturday, which usually means no school or work today, and of course it means a brand new illustration brought to you by our one and only... Kat Gesiriech! Maybe you know her already, her kawaii-super Disney princess made a good impression on the world wide web lately. Well, she's not just really talented with kawaii drawings, she'll also blow your mind with her amazing sense of light. Let's get the chance to know her, shall we?
-What are your name, surname and nickname? Why did you choose this nickname?
-Name’s Kathryn Gesiriech, but Kat for short. The very boring explanation is because I like cats a whole lot.
-How old are you?
-The wide-eyed and tender age of 23.
-Where do you live?
-Las Vegas, NV. I promise that it’s nowhere near as interesting as it sounds, and is a bit of a sinkhole for artists looking to break from the "Sin City" mold.
-What's your job?
-I’m in the job-seeking business, as it were, while I finish up the last semester to complete my English degree. I worked as a writing consultant (fancy tutor) a few months ago.
-What's your journey?
While writing has always been a great passion of mine, I’ve been drawing for just as long. I’d go on to say that my journey hasn't really even begun, because I have so much more to learn and experience (being primarily self-taught, aside from a few high school courses). Putting my stuff online has definitely been a great encouragement, and I only hope to improve upon my skills in the upcoming years. Rather than looking at what I've done so far, I like to think more about the future, and what my journey will eventually become. So long as I'm actively creating and contributing to visual art in some way, I'll be a lucky duck indeed.
-What are your inspirations?
-I take inspirations from a lot of places. I've always loved Western style comics, so I definitely read a lot of those-- mostly DC, although I'm always looking for new titles. Anything with a lot of color and intricate detail, or simply just the mood and style I'd someday love to incorporate into my own work. Artists like Tim Sale, Dave McKean and Brian Azzarello all capture this vibrancy to their work I aspire to. Outside of comics, I really admire Kelly Bastow (Moosekleenex on devianart) and Sallamari Rantala (fushii on deviantart). I definitely recommend checking both of them out, if you haven't already!
-Which webcomics do you read?
-I’ve always enjoyed Liz Prince Power and Lackadaisy. They all have very different styles and reasons for reading them, but I've never limited myself to any genre niche.
-Tell me more about your website (why did you create it, etc.) and/or the creations you're selling?
I don’t have any super-awesome-official websites, just a tumblr and deviantart because I don’t take myself very seriously. In the near future I'd definitely love to develop a serious portfolio and maybe shove up my own website, but for now I'm just having fun and doing something that I love. I've recently placed a few prints up for sale on Society6, but I guess you could call my internet presence in the construction phase. Bear with me.
-How do you work?
-Lately I’ve been pushing myself to work digitally so I can learn my way around different programs, although I predominantly work in a very old version of Photoshop and SAI. Every once in a while I’ll sketch and ink traditionally, and if I’m feeling really wild I’ll yank out the old oil paints.
-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I wanted to draw a Stormtrooper crying, and I can relate much more to nerdy FML's.
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DeviantArt. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!