Alumni Update with Katie (the Second)

First off, what are the odds that I would interview two alumni named Katie C. (see my first post on Katie Coletta)? This Katie is similar to the first, except she graduated with a degree in Illustration instead of Graphic Design. The two fields are actually quite compatible, and Katie currently has a design job. Designers and illustrators can use each other’s skills to enhance their own. Designers use illustration to make projects look authentic and communicate their message. Illustrators use graphic/web design to promote and market their images. It’s a match made in heaven, and it’s one that Katie is very knowledgeable about.

Katie Campbellhead_shot

Graduation Year/Major:
Class of 2011, BFA Illustration,
Minors in Art History & French

Current Occupation:
I’m a graphic designer for Momental Designs (we do custom wedding invitations). I also do some freelance and personal work on the side.

Note: Katie has also illustrated a children’s book by local author Erin Rovin called “Little Laveau.” It’s for sale and you can check it out here!

1. What was your favorite part about Marywood?

My absolute favorite part was studying abroad in Italy. On campus though, it was the people. I had some really great teachers both in the art department and for other classes, plus I made close friends.

2. Any advice for current art students at Marywood?

I would say to work really, really hard and don’t just do the minimum to pass a class. Keep trying to improve and learn new things even on your own, your education is going to be what you make of it.

3. How did your art education at Marywood help your career?

The Book Illustration class with Art Edel was a turning point for me. I started to realize which illustrations were working well and I think my best work still goes back to that.

4. What is your favorite part about your career?

I like to see finished pieces come together, after I’ve been working on them bit by bit. It’s a great feeling when some else has a positive reaction to the work.

5. Despite increasing technology in art (clip art, stock photos, etc.), why do you think that studies in illustration are still important?

Those forms of art are useful but they won’t work for everything. If the image has to set a particular mood, or illustrate a very specific concept, something unique and original will work much better. I think people respond more to a well-developed illustration, especially when it comes to books. And there will always be people who want pictures of their pets!

Images courtesy of Katie Campbell. Featured image from “Little Laveau” by Erin Rovin. More of Katie’s work can be found here.


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