Kamila "Pigeon" Krol is our Illustrator of the Week!
Kamila “Pigeon” Krol may only be 20 years old and still studying illustration in Cardiff, but we think she’s already a force to be reckoned with when it comes to art. Originally from Poland, Pigeon loves to travel, read, and daydream — and all of it shows in her dreamy, pastel-colored portraits and sketches. Her art is as fun as it is lovely, and we adore how she conveys emotion with the stroke of her pen. Her work is light and girly and we can’t get enough of it — which is why she’s our Illustrator of the Week!
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No pressure, but describe your art: My love for illustration comes from my love for telling stories. I’m also interested in decorative design (creating patterns or packaging), but I’m always trying to give a background story to every character I show in my pictures. In general, I think I’m trying to do the same thing as other artists — share my emotions and my own world with other people. I’m still developing my individual style and I’m still looking for the right techniques. My art is a mix of pop culture imagery (young girls, pastel colors, fashion) and more poetic themes (deep emotions, connection with nature, relationships). Sometimes I’m trying to make it funny. Sometimes I’m trying to make it sad or mysterious, or everything at once. As I said, I’m still learning and the creative process is the great adventure for me!
What inspires you to make things: I’m a very sensitive person, and everywhere I go, I just can’t help noticing all the details, shapes, and colors — they’re soaking into me and I try to filter them and transform them into something new. I also find inspiration in the work of other artists’ literature, music, and movies.
Your favorite thing(s) to draw: Young girls — I guess this isn’t very surprising! Although I’m trying to show more diverse characters, drawing girls will always be important for me (mainly because I identify with them). Recently, I also really enjoy creating pictures connected with the “magical forest” theme (trees, flowers, elves, colorful insects — especially beetles and dragonflies!). In my drawings, I focus on people, but I also like drawing clothes and small decorative elements.
Medium of choice: I always draw in a traditional way. Digital techniques are a great option, but for creating a sketch or line work, I need a pencil or a black pen. When I have all my lines on paper, I use watercolors, markers, or move my work to Photoshop.
The first time you knew you wanted to be an artist: That must have been back in primary school! I don’t remember the exact moment, but I’ve always spent almost all my free time drawing and making up stories. Being an artist always seemed like a very natural career choice for me!
Proudest achievement so far: Starting my university abroad. I’m in University of South Wales and it’s a great experience. I’m also starting getting more commissions and it feels great! 🙂
Music you listen to while you work: Usually I listen to very calm and poetic music — it helps me focus and it puts me into a very creative and magical mood. I love folk music (Beirut, old Patrick Wolf songs) and old tunes (The Beatles, Wanda Jackson). Two of my favorite musicians are Joanna Newsom and Agnes Obel. They create beautiful stories and turn them into songs.
Your most prized possession: That would be my diary, with all these sentimental items like letters and old theatre tickets.
Your personal hero: Tove Jansson, painter, writer, and creator of the Moomins. She’s a fascinating, strong, and independent woman, and author of diverse works of art. I really admire her work and attitude.
The last thing to make you giggle: Rewatching clips from the amazing British TV series, “Peep Show.” Embarrassing events and dark humor at its finest.
Current project(s): I’m always working on few projects at once. Currently I’m creating patterns for a swimsuit collection and doing research for the illustration series for my university. I also started designing a new artistic book – hopefully I’ll continue working on it during summer vacation!