Interview & Spotlight: Kelly Puissegur

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This week we look at one of my favorite, yes I ma biases, a bit, illustrators. Kelly “retrowhale” Puissegur. Her offbeat style blends elements  of the everyday with pop culture and a quirky sense of fun that always makes me smile.

 

Statement:

I went to school for art but I mainly did things that pleased my professors. You know like art that is more “serious”. It took me a while after college to get comfortable enough with myself to create work that is goofy and silly and really expresses who I am.

My process is kind of all over the place. Sometimes I sketch a drawing or painting out on the computer first and sometimes I just dive in with nothing planned. I’m always changing my mind about what I want my work to look like which I hate to admit. I do keep a sketchbook but it’s mostly filled with lists of ideas for drawings. I like to use a little bit of everything in my work- pencil, ink, marker, color pencil, tape, watercolor, and acrylic paint.

 

Further artist statement:

My drawings are little appreciations for movies, music, animals, plants, people who inspire me, family, shapes, textures, and whatever else pops into my head. I change mediums frequently because I get bored easily, but my work generally maintains a childlike, playful quality. My goal is to make affordable art that people can appreciate or relate to in some way.

 

Inspirations:

My main inspiration comes from humor in movies and everyday oddities in life. I love making people smile and laugh with my work. I try to visually balance images that are fun and silly yet earthy and raw.

 

Dream:

I would love to create art for skateboards. I’m a big surfer and skater although I’m not very good at either one. I would also love to do art for album covers. I’m a big record collector and I confess that I sometimes buy albums just because I like the cover art.

 

Kelly Puissegur

Kelly Puissegur

 

Site:  http://www.retrowhale.com/index.html