FAQ

Here I've answered some of my most asked questions. If you have any other questions or would like to interview me, email: hello@kate-aspen.com and I'll do the best I can :-)

 

✴︎ Can I get your artwork tattooed?

Sure! Head over to my Tattoo Commission Page for all the info and my policy on this.

 

✴︎ Do you make Digital Art?

Sometimes, but i'm not very good at it! I mostly use Photoshop or Procreate to edit and polish my designs ready for print or screen. Working digitally doesn't really bring me joy in the way that traditional media does. 

 

✴︎ Why is shipping so expensive to my country?

Unfortunately shipping anything more than a letter internationally from the UK is pretty expensive now. I set the price as as low as I can.

If you live outside the UK and want to buy something from me, but can't pay the high shipping price, grab some stickers or a Postcard! I ship these out much more affordably due to the size and weight, as they only require a stamp and small envelope, just like posting a letter. If you can't buy anything big right now, you could support me and keep updated with my work via my Patreon - My lowest tier is only £1! 

 

✴︎ You don't seem to ship to my country? 

If your country isn't listed yet, fear not! Just shoot me an email: hello@kate-aspen.com and I'll add you to my shipping zones. Calculating each shipping zone is difficult to navigate at the moment, so pease bear with me!

 

✴︎ What Sketchbooks do you use?

I use a variety of sizes of sketchbooks, my current favourite range are the Royal Talens Art Creation Hardback Sketchbooks - because these can take a fair amount of gouache paint as well as soft pastels, pencils and wax/oil pastels. 

For rough sketching i'm not that fussy with paper type or size, i usually use whatever scraps of loose paper I have lying around!

My longtime favourite pad of paper to use with Gouache is 'The Langton' by Daler Rowney, it's very lovely hot pressed smooth paper. 

 

✴︎ What Materials do you use?

- Windsor and Newton Designers Gouache and Schmincke Akademie Gouache

- Caran D'Ache 'Luminance' and Faber Castell 'Polychromos' coloured pencils

- Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink

- Neocolour I and II Wax Pastels 

- Pretty much any cheap white chalk and any B, 2B, 6B or HB graphite pencils. 

- Rembrandt Soft Pastels 

- Sennelier Oil Pastels

  

✴︎ How did you find your artistic style? 

I see 'artistic style' as a fluid and complicated thing. It's something that we develop over time with lots of practice. A good place to start is by looking at the kind of art that you like as well as any media that you enjoy. Pursuing a theme helped me practice the certain way I like to paint and draw that subject matter. For example drawing 100's of skulls, trees and mushrooms often helped me develop a signature style. I also really hate stagnating and getting bored of my work. I always want to grow and improve my skillset too. 

What I think helped me have a consistent feel to my work is honing my skills over the years. I work hard to let myself play and experiment. But I think for me specifically, using and repeating my favourite colours and subject matter helps tie everything together. 

When I look back at how much my art has changed and improved over the years, I can see that by carrying the same interests and inspiration with me throughout that time, my interests shines through and keeps things a bit consistent/linked.

I'm always collecting inspiration in the form of picture books, film, paintings and nature photography. 

I think what makes you stand out is being as authentic as possible, utilising your own personal taste/style and making what you love and ultimately what you’d want to see out in the world.  

In short, paint what you want, how you want to paint it, without forcing anything and ultimately, with time and practice, I think a sort of artistic style will emerge naturally. 

 

✴︎ Do you have any advice for beginner artists?

- Try not to overthink it! Draw what makes you happy and experiment as often as you can. Try not to get caught up with perfectionism, I know it's hard - I still struggle with this. But like any skill, it takes time, passion and practice, so keep at it and you'll do great.  

- Limit your time spent on social media or looking at other artists' work online. It's so easy to compare yourself to other artists and your peers, which means that it’s also very easy to go down a rabbit hole and feel overwhelmed with the amount of other artists there are out there like you. Limiting my time on Instagram in particular has helped me massively. 

- If you're making art to sell (products) Get out there a sell in person at your local Art Markets and events! I used to be super shy and awkward, but working in hospitality and retail for over 10 years really knocked that outta me haha! It's meant that I am able to comfortably chat with customers in person now which often leads to more sales. It's nerve-wracking to begin with but it gets easier every time and the rush of selling your art never gets old. Tabling at these events has also taught me how to effectively and confidently talk about myself and my practice too - Doing this has driven lots of people to my instagram page and website/shop. So basically, network as much as you can!!

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I also share a lot more in depth answers to these Q's on my Patreon. You can join and chat on our Discord server on there too - I'm hoping to create a nice and friendly community space there, so please feel free to ask me more questions. I think it's a pretty good way to get to know me a little better too - so lets be internet friends yeah?!