10 questions with Kristel Steenbergen
We love the stylish and funny fashion animals by Dutch based artist Kristel Steenbergen. We are excited to have her here!
1. Tell us something about yourself.
I was born in a little fishing village on the coast of Kenya. From there on my family and I moved from country to country all over the world. I have very fond memories of every place I have lived and use them in my work. At the age of 18 I decided to study art at Academie Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands. Once I had graduated I couldn't wait to get started. I packed my bags once again and moved to Haarlem to show the world what I could offer. I run my own studio now with my cat and dog by my side.
2. How did you get started as an illustrator?
Once I graduated, and moved closer to where the action was, I called and visited companies and magazines that I thought my work would fit wel with. After my first few publications in fashion magazines things got going and I've been able to keep a steady flow of work coming in ever since.
3. How would you describe your style?
My style has changed over the years. At one stage my work was very graphic and I used the computer mostly. I have now taken a turn back to the drawing board. My work now involves a lot of detailed pencil drawings. My style is not super realistic. I enjoy working some "faults" into my work such as long neks, rubbery arms and legs. A bit of fun in the mix.
4. What’s your technical/creative process?
I have a thousand ideas buzzing in my head and too little time to put them down on paper. This makes me a bit of a choatic person. I therefore find it helpful to do some research on a subject before I get going. From there on the ideas become clearer and the sketching starts.
5. Who or what inspires you and your work?
Nature; Animals, birds, leaves, trees, insects, you name it. They are fascinating! This together with the fast moving pace of the fashion industry.
6. Which brands do you work for or do you love to work for?
I work for various fashion and lifestyle magazines such as ELLE and Esquire and I make custom made illustrations.
7. What is your favorite thing in the world to illustrate?
Animals that have beautiful markings on their bodies. When you study them you just realise how amazing it is. Many of these shapes can be found back in fashion designs. Just goes to show how nature can be such a strong source of inspiration.
8. What’s your dream project?
That's a tough one...There are so many things I would love to do! I think a project where my work could also benift the animal kingdom and/or nature. Working for a cruelty-free fashion brand such as Stella McCartney would be right up there on my list.
9. What 3 things can't you live without?
Sneakers, sleep and peppermints.
10. Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists?
Work hard to get to where you want to go but don't forget to stay humble on the way.
Thank you Kristel!
Kristel has made a special 10% discount code for us to use in her shop: SPECIAL123
(To use from oktober 1 - december 31, 2017)