Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Adkins.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas where I’ve been creating things as long as I can remember. I’ve been into everything from painting to writing to sculpture to short films to miscellaneous crafts.
In high school, we were lucky enough to have a film and television program where I was able to start learning and experimenting with video. I really enjoyed it and decided that was how I wanted to make a living. So, after high school, I went to Columbia College Chicago to study Television Post-Production and Effects. Somewhere along the way I discovered motion design and began studying that as well. After school, I moved to Los Angeles where I have been working the industry ever since. Currently, I am a Jr. Art Director in Motion Graphics at an entertainment marketing agency.
More recently, I have felt called back towards my fine art roots while also wanting to improve my skills as a motion designer. This has led me to a wide array of art, design, and animation practice in my free time.
Please tell us about your art.
I create designs, illustrations, and animations.
By day, I work as a motion designer in entertainment marketing, which I enjoy. I decided I wanted to improve on those skills and stretch the medium in my free time. I also just felt the urge to create more consistently than I was and figured I might as well get better at the tools I use in my day job at the same time. And with a strong pull towards fine art, it was natural for me to start bringing illustration into my designs. Currently I’m most excited about hand lettering as it allows me to practice illustrating while also calling on my design/animation chops as I wish. I also love the possibility of sharing written words in a more artistic sense.
One thing I love about motion design is that it allows me to constantly experiment with different mediums including illustration, photography, 3D renders, and collage. Although it comes together as a digital image or video, there is the option to use as many types of art and/or previously existing elements to create the final piece as you wish. There is also a lot of magic in bringing art to life with animation, it never gets old!
I feel as though I’m still working to find my voice and the best way to express it which is my main reason for creating currently. I can only hope my work gives someone else the inspiration to start creating their own art and/or to explore their passions in their free time.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My best advice is just to start creating and actually finish pieces. Don’t let perfectionism get in the way of being done with a piece of work; publish it and move on. The work won’t be perfect and that’s ok but you have to make a lot of work to improve and actually be considered as an artist in the first place.
Also, when it comes to traditional art, it’s ok not to be technically great or classically trained. It’s ok if your hands shake or you can’t draw a foot perfectly, etc. You just have to embrace it and if you want to learn that thing, then deliberately practice that thing and you’ll get better with time. I think that’s the beauty of art, it can be at any level of abstract that you choose!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best place to see my personal work is on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kamotion_design/) or Dribbble (https://dribbble.com/KateAdkins) and give me a follow!
My client/commercial work is on my website at kateadkins.net. I am always interested in collaborating and/or assisting with anyone’s motion graphics needs. Feel free to contact me through my website, I would love to chat!
- Website: www.kateadkins.net
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kamotion_design/
- Other: https://dribbble.com/KateAdkins
All images are copyright to Kate Adkins