Updated: May 6
I first saw Katie's local pictures a few months ago and thought wow. It's inspired inPotton.com to start a series of blog articles where we can find out more about the people behind our local clubs, societies, shops and businesses. So let us introduce you to Katie Hounsome, local illustrator who while on maternity leave with a baby girl and a toddler juggles parenting and a love of drawing to create some great local pictures.
How did you start out?
I grew up with creativity around me and was lucky to be supported and encouraged in all my creative endeavours. I attended Loughborough University where I gained my Art Foundation ahead of completing a Graphic and Media Design Degree at the London College of Communication.
What inspired you with your local pictures?
In June 2019 I started to draw on an iPad with an App called Procreate. One of the first pictures I drew was the wind turbines at Langford as they represented to me the feeling of happiness coming home on the train from work in London. I posted it on We Love Biggleswade and the response was phenomenal – this is how the posters took off! People started to ask for requests of local villages (I now have a long list to get through!) and the success of the posters has led on to the Shuttleworth commissioning me to create their 2020 Airshow posters. I now have a back catalogue of 13 posters.
What influences your style?
I'm heavily influenced by retro art deco posters which I incorporate with silhouettes and bold graphical imagery. I like using limited colour palettes and playing with hand written typography. I love the classic vintage look but aim to bring it up to a modern standard.
Can we order a print?
Yes, here's my recent Potton print - keep scrolling to find out how to order
Do you sell prints?
Biggleswade & St. Andrews church
Shuttleworth & Swiss Garden
..and more to come
Prints are available in a variety of sizes ranging from A5, with the largest print to date being a stunning A1 size!
I am happy to fulfil orders via the postal service
Katie's website: www.katiehcreates.com
Facebook page: facebook.com/katiehounsomeillustrator
Get in touch to share your story
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