Krys Kinsel - Illustrator/ Sequential Artist
Krys Kinsel is an alien that enjoys sloths, rice, and hoarding art supplies. She is currently working on a comic (or three) and collecting zines and art with her husband and artist wrangler, David.
She accepts donations of watercolor supplies and ink.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I always fancied myself as creative and artsy, but never settled on one artistic discipline. The past few years, in my 30s, I feel like I have gotten more intimate with the thought of being an artist... It is a lifestyle now.
How does your personal story/background influence your work?
I have finally faced the fact that I am weird, and my art reflects my personality and aesthetics. I always aim to try new things and I am not comfortable staying stagnant.
My background is varied, I went to school for library science, so older media and organic nizing/collections are a thing, but I also was a hair stylist, and color and shape are equally beautiful to me.
Which of your works are you most proud of?
Right now, any of my comics... I am working on chubby anthology 5. Sequential art is a rewarding style within the art scope and unfairly dismissed (along with illustration) as not high art.
But I also love watercolor. I love the flow and impermeable nature of that medium. I have created some of my most personal pieces with watercolor.
What is the hardest part about being a professional artist?
The anxiety and drama of a piece from conception to promotion. Many of us hate selling ourselves and I have a hard time with haughty talk about my art... I am more like, this made me feel good. I like color. I hope you like it too.
Who are other artists that inspire you?
- Kat Hudson
- Terry Moore
- Peter Maxx
- Alison Bechdel
- Ely Archambault
Anyone who puts themselves out there and lives for their art.