Meet the Designer: Katie Crawford

Today we are interviewing illustrator and graphic designer Katie Crawford. Find out how she gathers inspiration for her invitation designs and more!


Could you tell us about your work? What inspires you?

I’m an illustrator and graphic designer. I draw, paint, and create digital, vector illustrations. Most of my designs on pingg are vectors that started as traditional drawings on paper. I’m very inspired by nature and animals as well as all sorts of other things: music, fashion, the style of the 50s and 60s. I also love Tim Burton and Edward Gorey and that kind of spookiness.

How would you describe the style of most of your designs?

I would say that my designs are colorful—I favor a pastel, candy-colored palette—and whimsical. I like to create designs that are pretty bold and modern but also have a little retro-twist and a little quirk.

How has your art changed over the years? Do you have any predictions of what it will be like in the future?

A few years ago I didn’t really do any digital work and now that’s what I do the most. But it’s important to me to get away from the computer sometimes. I like combining a hand-drawn image with something like a digital background. I think I’ll continue to experiment with that idea more in the future.

What made you decide to work with Celebrations.com?

First, I thought the whole concept of pingg was really cool. And most importantly, I love how artist-friendly Celebrations is. It’s hard to find people that will let you have freedom with your work and really care about supporting you as an artist.

If you had to choose a favorite invite you have made, what would it be?

That’s hard! I really like “Bee There” and “Happy Birthday Pinata.” My new “Skull Invitation” is one of my very favorites, too.

 

What benefits have you found the Internet has for your work?

The Internet has allowed my work to be seen by so many people that I wouldn’t otherwise reach. And through sites like Celebrations and Etsy, I have the opportunity to earn some income from my work, which is always a good thing.

 

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