We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Toronto, Canada based freelance illustrator Kaley McKean.
What are you working on at the moment?
I've had a couple of enjoyable editorial projects recently - a couple of spots for a kid's mag and a really fun full-page piece for a local non-profit publication. Aside from that I've been trying to piece together some new promotional material and find time to do a bit of personal work here and there.The usual!
What is your work process like, do you approach client work differently than personal work?
Sometimes when I'm making art for myself I just sit down and start drawing and let it work itself out. But typically I approach personal work and client work in a similar way, starting with a rough idea and then hammering out some of the details (but not all, I like to leave a little room for improvisation) before moving on the to final artwork. I think I allow myself more room to experiment with technique in my personal work, but my process almost always involves a lot of back-and-forth between traditional media (mainly pencil, ink and watercolour) and digital until I reach a particular balance I'm happy with.
Favorite work snack?
Toast. Either sliced tomato with mozzarella and basil or avocado with a little lemon and salt. So quick and good!
What do you do when you find yourself stuck in the creative process?
We've got a pretty good collection of books - old catalogues, natural history guides, interior decorating books ... all sorts of miscellany. So whether or not they end up helping with the creative process they usually prove to be a good distraction for a while. But really I usually just end up having to push myself through it. I almost always get stuck on a piece somewhere in the middle of the process and I find if I keep at it long enough it usually resolves itself.
Follow Kaley on instagram and check out her portfolio at www.kaleymckean.com