Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Hibbard.
Katie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As a graphic artist, freelance illustrator, I believe my love for creating art began during my early years of school. For kindergarten, through 8th grade, I was fortunate to attend a Waldorf charter school which utilized a unique form of education. While my classmates were winning the spelling bees and memorizing their times-tables, I remember excelling in drawing, watercolor, sewing, and woodworking.
One example that I will always remember was on May 1st, the morning of our May Day festival. An abundance of beautiful, fresh flowers were harvested that morning by our parents so that we could make wreaths for our celebration. I am still not an attention seeker, but as a young girl, I really tried to stay out of the spotlight.
Unfortunately for me whenever “crafty” opportunities arose, I always found myself being singled out by our teacher as an example, plopped right in the center of the workspace with a line of friends wanting me to help them. As flower blossoms with nutrients from the soil, sun, and water, I fine-tuned my art skills especially illustration with encouraging art teachers, collaborative classmates and ultimately God’s inspiring, beautiful creation.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Both of my parents are chiropractors and with doctors in the family, I have always put pressure on myself to be as strong of a foundation for my children as they were for my sister and I.
A few years ago, I contemplated studying biology and nutrition as they did, saving my passion for art to be a hobby instead. If I was to make art my career path, I didn’t want the joy that I get from creating to diminish due to potential stress from deadlines.
Without a doubt, this decision has been my struggle so far, but I am learning to listen to other’s suggestions and to God’s direction for me in my life.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I think every artist’s hope is to create art that not only they are passionate about but others are too. My latest project allowed me to incorporate my appreciation of nature’s abundance into my work. Focusing on the intricate, appealing details of various fruits and vegetables I hope that I might inspire people to eat these and improve their health.
In line with this direction, I first illustrated a recipe book for Coastal Roots Farm of Encinitas. I then designed a poster accentuating the medicinal values of 70 whole fruits and vegetables. The San Diego nonprofit, Plant with Purpose, then commissioned me to produce drawings of citrus and avocados, the theme of their upcoming gala.
Another fun challenge was being the first person hired to illustrate covers and feature articles for PLNU (my Alma Mater’s) Viewpoint Magazine. All Species, an Oceanside-based textile company, used my ink drawings depicting the 5 uses of a Furoshiki Wrap. I am excited about doing more work in the textile industry and hope many other avenues will unfold in the future.
Lastly, I love being an illustrator because I am able to help others visions come to fruition. I get great joy in talking with potential clients on any topic, understanding their vision in detail and bringing it alive for them. It has been interesting on some occasions to redo a few illustrations several times as we persevered until the final product emerged.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I could write a whole volume highlighting those in my life who deserve credit for where I am today! I would not be an illustrator today if it wasn’t for my parents help along the journey.
Analogous to the firework of pigment that appears when an artist drops a dash of watercolor paint onto a watered down, white sheet of paper, I bring up an idea to my parents and their thrill and thoughts go running out in so many helpful directions.
Their excitement in health issues has inspired some of my work already. It is hard to write down words that depict how grateful I am to have a sister. Kirstie, extremely dedicated to her work, somehow still makes time to pick me up when I am struggling, talk me through bad ideas until they find a good direction, and love me no matter what.
Courtney Mayer, my college graphic design professor, inspired me with her passion for design, creative suggestions, and diligence in trying times. Courtney’s love for design carried her with a smile through many demanding projects. Having observed this will also carry me through challenges.
- Website: katiehibbard.com
- Phone: 9495738345
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org