A Sense of Play: The Art Portfolio of Kathryn Howard
Kathryn Howard produces bright, kid-friendly illustrations that often utilize a simple, impactful colour palette in combination with sketchy line art. Each work seems to embody a sense of play and experimentation.
I really appreciate the use of colour in Kathryn’s artworks. As I mentioned above, each image seems to focus on, if not a single hue, then a dominant hue over the entire composition. The colours that Kathryn gravitates toward are often slightly white-tinted -- pinks, light greens and pale blues. There’s something inviting about these palettes. They project a sense of calm friendliness without ever seeming boring. The artist rarely uses a flat plane of colour, instead creating textured areas with overlapping coloured lines and scribbles.
The figures in Kathryn’s images are usually children, sometimes animals, and portrayed in the midst of a variety of activities. I enjoy the way Kathryn balances a sense of movement with a slightly simplified, cartoonish style.