Pop Art & Nostalgia // Kim Wells

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Kim Wells
Illustrator
facebook // tumblr // instagram @kimwellsill

Issue 7 - Sept 2014
Interview by Alex Lucas

Introduce yourself; tell us a little about you and your creative genre.
I’m an 18-year-old illustrator based in the US. I enjoy illustrating pretty much anything but lately, food has been the main theme.

When did you become interested in illustration?
I’ve always loved doing art ever since I was a kid, so it was a constant passion of mine and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes in many forms to me whether it’s movies, music, food, or what I see in my surroundings.

What makes you want to create?
It sort of hard to explain, but I just always have an itch I need to scratch when it comes to just doodling something or creating another illustration.

Tell us about your creative process.
It starts with sitting down and watching Netflix, then I get a random idea for something that I think would look cool on paper. Usually whenever I think of an idea it stems off of the title of the print I have in my head. I like to dive head first into a project because I find that as I’m working on something other ideas pop into my head that I would’ve never thought of adding to a work. It’s all about going with the flow and seeing where your mind takes you.  

What is the most difficult thing about illustration and watercolor painting? The easiest?
I would say the difficulty about illustrating and incorporating watercolor is that I often want to add so many details to a piece and I can’t always get the exact look that I’m going for. However, I love the fluidity of watercolor and how easy it is to work with.

What is the most challenging project you have ever taken on?
I think with any artist the most challenging part about creating is getting over that constant voice inside of your head saying that your work isn’t good enough. I often have to power through illustrations constantly wanting to just give up, but I often find that the work I struggle on the most ends up being my absolute favorite.

Describe your most rewarding experience you’ve had because of you work.
Honestly, your magazine is pretty high up on my list. It’s nice to know that there are people like you who want to draw attention to artists that have these amazing talents. Your hard work in putting together Ink and Arrows Magazine gives artists’ like me a platform to share our work with people and hopefully have it serve as an inspiration to others who also inspire to create.

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What are your favorite mediums and tools to use and why?
*Watercolor paints are fantastic the whole process is really soothing to me for some reason and I love how the paints can really transform your canvas. 

What are some things you couldn’t live without?
My art supplies definitely, family, friends, (insert cliché response here).

Do you have a set place where you always work?
I use every space that I can really, if it has great lighting I’m going to work it.

Do you listen to music or watch movies/tv shows when working? If so, what do you usually listen/watch?
All the time. I’m usually listening to my Pandora on shuffle with a sprinkle of Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Arctic Monkeys, 80’s music…just to name a few. Also, I love watching high school films from the 90’s and I’ve recently started watching this show called The Bridge. 

What would be a dream project?
It would have to be something that lends itself to art, so I would love to do an album cover of some sort.

Random Questions:

Who are some of your favorite artists/creatives/designers?
I really love artists Julian Callos, McKay Felt, Heather Mahler, Kemi Mai, Hellen Jo, Cameron Garland, Natali Martinez, Alex Scott, Jimmy Marble, the list really goes on and on.

Favorite places to go where you live?
I really just like to wander around my own city there’s not really a set place because I love everything about where I live.  

Favorite book and quote?
Favorite book has to be Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane and a favorite quote would have to be everything that Tom Haverford has ever said.

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