HOME Made: Kelsey’s art

Welcome back to HOME Made, where we’re delving into some of the cool skills and hobbies our clever bunch of Homies have.

This time, it’s the turn of our Insight Executive, Kelsey Preston, to show us the art she’s carried on from school.

What is it you do?

Drawing, painting, sketching, generally playing around with various forms of art, with the occasional commission.

How long have you been doing it?

I always enjoyed drawing and painting when I was young, but I really got into furthering my skills in high school and sixth from art classes. Commissions came about when my friends and family saw my drawings and sketches and asked if I could make something for them.

How often do you do it?

It varies depending on the time I have; I might go weeks without doing anything followed by working on a piece every weekend.

What do you love about it?

I have always found it fun and relaxing, being able to play around with different mediums and materials. Just putting pen, paint brush, pencil or whatever it is to paper and seeing what I can create.

How did you get into it?

It probably started through watching shows like Art Attack when I was a kid and copying cartoon characters off VHS cases, who needs the internet for inspiration when you have a collection of Disney classics! That evolved into trying out different drawing and painting styles and working with more detail over time.

Who or what inspires you?

My family, they have always been super supportive of all my art. I also found my dad’s sketch book when I was younger, and I was fascinated by how someone could create such realistic images using only pencil. He always gives me useful feedback and helpful tips on any work I do.

Any top tips or tricks for people wanting to get into it?

Pause to look at your work as a whole. It’s easy to get lost in the detail, so it helps to quite literally take a step back and see the whole piece.

Have you had any epic fails along the way?

Many, I have definitely left a trail of questionable drawings, paintings, etc behind me along the years and I’m sure there will be many more to come. But it’s all about practice, looking back on old fails helps me improve current pieces.

What has your proudest moment been?

Seeing my artwork tattooed on someone; I have done a couple of sketches/designs for friend’s tattoo’s (like the one pictured below) and knowing someone enjoys your work enough to get it permanently put on their body is a massive compliment! I even designed one of my dad’s tattoos.

What is your favourite thing you’ve done so far?

I think my latest drawings as they were for my cousins’ home, so I wanted them to be perfect! It took a while to complete, but I am so happy with the outcome and my cousin loves them!

Written by:

Kelsey Preston Insight Executive


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