Light and Shadow The portfolio of Katie Clarke

I am a Toronto-based art student with a specialty in illustration and graphic design. I plan on going into graphic design at George Brown.

A cartoonist's life for me

This piece was made for a stamp design project. As it was coming up on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, I thought it was only appropriate as the daughter of a Northern Irishman that I commemorate the sacrifice of the 36th Ulster Division. The red hand is the symbol of the ancient Irish kingdom of Ulster.

I consider myself to be an illustrator. I do not purport to put deep meaning into my work. I believe meaning is in the mind is the beholder. I simply enjoy the act of creation. I think an artist shouldn't take herself too seriously. Life is serious enough, art should be fun.

This piece was created for a contest with the theme "sustaining hope in the Pacific War". I made this traditional-styled watercolour scroll in memory of the lives lost in the Nanking Massacre. The top half of the piece depicts Japanese bombers in distance flying amidst the pillars of smoke, and the cranes in the bottom half symbolize hope and a long life, suggesting that the young girl in the foreground will survive.

My creative process tries to be as short and sweet as possible. Having extra steps doesn't necessarily result in a superior product. Particularly for illustrations, I start out with some scribblings, roughly laying out how big I want the focus (usually a character) relative to the setting. I then refine the roughs by doing a larger more detailed sketch to work with. If a pose is challenging, I will take photos of myself as reference instead of using someone else's stock photos. If I am not as familiar with the anatomy or design of something, I will find myself some reference photos. After I have everything mapped out for myself, I waste no time working on the final product.

Some steps of a fantasy piece I am currently working on.

Union Station drawing. Pencil crayon on Canson paper.

"I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me." – Roy Lichtenstein

Nightmare Shadowbox

“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot." – Mark Twain

ROM poster for the Byzantium exhibit. Pencil crayon on Canson paper

"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." –Vincent Van Gogh

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