Today we're talking to an artist who works very closely with our brand. Carla Kurt is an artist who provides several of our Colour Pencil By Number and Sketching Made Easy designs. Her gift of capturing a beautiful moment through her drawings is truely something to be celebrated. Read on to learn more about her!
From Carla: "I specialize in highly detailed and realistic drawings and paintings of pets and wildlife. I became involved with Royal & Langnickel in 2013 when they asked me to provide artwork for their 'Colour Pencil by Number' and 'Sketching Made Easy' activity kits. My business relationship with Royal & Langnickel is very rewarding and I am always excited when I see my art on Royal & Langnickel products!"
A: I started learning the basics in college. It wasn't until later on that I found my niche creating animal art. I started with my first wolf drawing, then another, until I had an entire series of wolf drawings. I developed my photo-realistic style and increased my portfolio to include other wildlife, still life art and commissioned pet portraits.
A: Thomas Kinkade for his amazing detail and how he sees light, shade and reflection. Claude Monet for his use of color. Norman Rockwell for his detail and fun subject matter.
A: I like to use Royal & Langnickel quality sketchpads, color pencils, watercolor pencils and metallic color pencils to create my photo-realistic drawings. I am gearing up to begin teaching so I will be stocking up on Royal & Langnickel palette paper pads and paint brushes of all kinds!
A: Acrylics, watercolors and pastels are fun to work with, but my favorite medium is color pencils. I like the precision, blending ability and ease of use.
A: My inspiration comes from nature and from the work of other artists. When I am doing a commissioned pet portrait I work from photos provided by the customer. I keep my customer involved in the process, sending them photos as the work progresses. Customers like that the finished portrait captures the personality of their pet, something they are emotionally invested in.
A: The dream of working as an artist has come true for me. I turned my hobby into a business when I began selling my art on Ebay, then Etsy. It has been very rewarding and encourages me to keep creating. I recently quit my day job to concentrate on my art full time.
A: Put your art everywhere online! I've had an Etsy shop for 10 years and it is a great venue to sell your work and be seen! Post your work on Instagram and create a Facebook business page to showcase your work.
See more of Carla's amazing art here
Royal & Langnickel - Art & Craft