Throwback Thursday! Kathryn Selbert Dec 06 2018

Meet the artists

The weeks are just whizzing past us, as it's time for another Throwback Thursday! This week's feature is American based artist, Kathryn Selbert. Kathryn has been represented by Advocate Art agency since 2013, and in that time, we have loved watching her evolve as an artist. Kathryn's vibrant colour palette and cute characters have made illustrations perfect for Children's Publishing, especially for readers aged 0-5. Her illustrations are bursting with expressions and emotion, and she has a great ability to bring them to life. 

It doesn't stop there... Kathryn's designs have also been popular for Art Licensing, and you can spot her designs on greetings cards for everyday occasions, like birthdays, and other occasions include Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas. Her designs have also branched out onto Art for Posters and Prints and Ceramics and Patterns. You can view more work by Kathryn via her online Advocate portfolio, check it out!

We asked Kathryn to recall some of her first experiences with Advocate, have a read through the Q&A below, and enjoy the images above. If you'd like to work with Kathryn on an upcoming project, be sure to get in touch with one of our agents.

1) First Image you sent to Advocate, and was there a story behind it. 
This was a little pirate character I submitted when I was applying to the agency! I still love the way this turned out.

2) First design of yours to sell - what design was it and who was it to.
This was one Christmas card that we developed into a series of four images for Hallmark for Paperchase! 

3) First live commission from a client, who was the client and what was the project.
This was for American Greetings - a sweet birthday card of a boy in space. 

4) First time you knew you wanted to be an Illustrator - an image, a person, an exhibition etc..
I’ve wanted to be an illustrator for as long as I can remember. I was always enamoured with picture books during bedtime and can recall focusing intently on the illustrations. A few of my favourites from when I was little are above. 

My second grade teacher wrote and published a children’s book while I was in her class. I assume because of this experience, she focused part of our curriculum on learning about the world of illustrators and writing our own books. 

5) First Sample you received with your designs on - do you have a picture of it and tell us about the project. 
The first book I wrote and illustrated, War Dogs, was published before I joined. I still remember opening the box and bursting into tears. I’m still so proud of how it turned out and feel so lucky to have had a chance to complete it. My style has changed in every way since this was published - but it's such a treasure to me.

6) First time you were proud of a piece of artwork, what was it and why. 
This was an image for a prospective puzzle - I was so proud at the time of how far I'd come in terms of style. I was happy with my work and starting to get a really strong response - I felt like I was getting to a wonderful place.



Kathryn Selbert was founded by our team of illustration agents based at our UK & USA illustration agencies. If you think any of our illustrators would be suitable for an upcoming project, be sure to reach out to an agent!