Katrine Brosnan’s illustration work has a tactile quality. Even if the artwork is digitally finished, her work retains the mark-making of the watercolours, ink or other media she uses. She has always been concerned with making something with a physical presence in a fast-paced, transient world, which has led her into the ink 'splodge-d' art form of traditional illustration.
‘Light Sauce’, collaboration with Rose Robbins, Edition of 50, risograph printed 16pp book, November 2014
Katrine recently created two collaborative book projects, ‘Japanese Poems Steal Brains’, a book of 100 haikus by Haiku Salut that she fully illustrated (available from all good bookshops and here and ‘Light Sauce’ an illustrative collaboration with Rose Robbins. This was the result of posting observational drawings to each other and then finishing them off with imaginary shadows.
‘Emotional colour chart’ watercolour and ink drawing, January 2015
Watercolour and ink drawing from ‘When Pete met Petra’, December 2014
She has also created her own illustrated books, including ‘When Pete met Petra’ following the lives of two pigeons who meet whilst attempting to negotiate survival in the city. At the moment she is developing ideas for children’s picture books. Her fascination with this genre is the continuing relevance and resilience of the printed picturebook in a digital age.
Luminous Jellyfish, watercolour on paper, December 2014
Her most recent work shows her development in a looser, more painterly and less graphic illustration style. She predominantly uses watercolours, ink and printmaking techniques. Drawing with a nibbed pen and ink has led her to believe ink has a life of its own, and she has gradually allowed it to appear in places she never intended it to.
Her work is often humorous and presents familiar objects or situations from a new or unusual perspective. This is something she explored during her fine art degree at Nottingham Trent University and has continued to since.
Katrine is a Freelance Illustrator and artist based in Hertfordshire. She has completed commissions for a variety of clients including The Flannels Group, Pretty Dandy, LeftLion Magazine, Hello Thor, Sundown Arts, the bands Haiku Salut and Elephants and Castles.