Kyle Cahill [kemora]
What is your specialty in illustration?
I feel my specialty is character and story design. I would be interested in one day working in pre-production, helping to develop the style and stories of specific projects in any medium, from film to animation.
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
For the most part I have not officially had paying clients. I have however worked on a mural at Family and Childrens Services (FACS) Office in St Catharines, ON. Other than that I have mostly worked on independant projects for myself, or in school, as I am attending Sheridan College for Animation. In my course I am expected to work on and learn animation, story delvelopment, character design and anatomy.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
I am officially in my second year of Animation at Sheridan College, out of a total four.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
I am inspired by many artists. Mucha, Klimt are huge inspirations to me. Art Nouveau is one of my favorite eras for art. People like Dave McKean and Gil Elvgren and Adam Hughes are also come to mind. And in animation, Glen Keane is pretty important.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Not very, I include torso and fingers in my drawings now, I've come a long way.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Avengers. I always loved the team stories better. I also really liked Spiderman.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
A WHOLE LOT. It entirely depends on what I'm working on. I wouldn't want to corner myself into a specific style, it's too much fun building a style to fit my stories and characters.
What is hardest to draw?
ANIMALS. I can, but I need lots of references at all times.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Anything and Everything. Music is what drives me. I draw what music makes me feel for the most part. I would probably have played instruments if I could have afforded one as a child. But instead I drew because it's almost always available and relatively cheap too.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
The Bar at Folie-Bergeres by Manet. It's always struck me as incredible unique and surreal. I can't expain why it just does.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
They pay I do. Do it wrong, I redo. If I like it enough, I keep it. I'm fine if people don't like what I do.
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
Charicatures. Capturing a certain quality of a person while maintaining a nice cartoony and appealing design. I would really like to improve on my ability to make a character look alive.
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
Lines and Sketching on paper. Painting and coloring on computer, simply because it gives me more freedom to experiment (Ctrl-Z).
What research do you do for your illustrations?
I prefer to start empty and after I have my own ideas, I move on to whatever else I feel will improve upon what I have done.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
I do, my classmates and roommates. I also really enjoy critiques online.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
I think as long as I'm working on something that involves some form of inventivness and creative freedom I will be happy. I don't mind having guidelines, I just enjoy developing ideas.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
What are you working on now?
School animations, and storyboarding and leica's.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
go to school. Not really because of the diploma or degree, but because it's great to involve yourself with people who are just as passionate about what you're doing.