Welcome to the second installment of Spotlight on Disney Fine Artist. Today, the spotlight is on Katy Feiling.
Who are you?
At what age did you begin?
I can’t even remember when I began! I was probably around five or six. I’ve loved drawing my whole life. I remember my grandma bringing me boxes of scrap paper from her work that I could draw on, and then I’d draw a family portrait and she’d keep it on her fridge!
What inspired you to start?
My mom is really creative, and she always encouraged me to be, also, so she’s probably why I began. But I can pinpoint the exact moment when I decided to take it seriously. I was in sixth grade, and there was an advertisement for art school on TV. I told my dad, “Maybe I’ll go to art school,” to which he replied, “You’re not good enough.” From that moment on, I set out to prove him wrong.
What inspires you now?
My favorite place to find inspiration now is in books, music, movies — just stories, basically. Sometimes a lyric will create this picture in my mind that I have to get out right away. I also love to express both the animal and human figure, and sometimes I try to combine the two. I like creating odd, unique or fantasy-like illustrations, that most people wouldn’t think of.
What are your favorite mediums to work with?
My favorite medium, by far, is pen and my favorite pen is the Sakura Pigma Micron Pen in size 005. I have jars full of them! I also love acrylic paints, which I use to paint on the shoes. But sometimes, basic pencil is just what a piece calls for.
Favorite piece that you’ve done?
It’s a tie between the illustration of Mumford & Son’s song “I Will Wait” and Fall Out Boy’s song “Centuries.” The Mumford & Son’s drawing is titled, “Now I’ll be bold, as well as strong and use my head alongside my heart,” and it was the first piece I drew for my art show. The idea had been in my head for a long time, so it was really cool to see it finally come to fruition.
GLEN KEANE is absolutely my favorite animator, and I love his daughter, Claire Keane’s, work. Her concept art for “Tangled” is some of my favorite pieces of art, period. Also, Cory Godbey, who creates these incredible fairytale illustrations that are so beautiful they make you want to cry, and Laurie Lipton. The detail she achieves with charcoal — holy moley. Life goals.
Did you attend school for art?
I went to Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where I earned a BA in Studio Art. Never have I ever met so many awesome and talented artists – both my professors and my peers. I can easily say that I am one-hundred percent a better artist today, thanks to the support and encouragement from the people I met there.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Stick with it. There were so many times when I almost quit art to become an English major. Art has given me so many opportunities I wouldn’t have had if I’d quit. It’s definitely not an easy road, and it doesn’t happen overnight, which is something I’m still learning, myself. Also, practice! Put in those hours. You’ll notice a difference the more you work at it.