Today we’d like to introduce you to Licca Kirk.
Licca, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I had recently graduated and was pursuing colorist gigs for graphic novels here and there while also doing illustration as a side. I met a writer who was working on an indie project called ‘Battle for Ozellberg’ and with him being an Atlanta local we dove into the local convention scene to promote the book. From there, it really evolved from being a colorist to a full-time illustrator illustrating for various private clientele and even larger international projects.
I don’t believe I’d be anywhere at all without the kind artists and people I’ve met along the way at conventions and even outside them. They’ve all had a great hand in how I’ve grown and continue to grow. I’m very thankful for them!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Art as a fulltime gig is probably never going to ever be a smooth move for anyone. If it’s not you battling some tangible problem, it’s you battling yourself almost every step of the way.
I’ve certainly felt I’ve been far luckier than others in some aspects. The recession hit very hard and quite a few times I decided to quit pursuing illustration for, I suppose, more practical routes, but thankfully, those around me did believe in me when I felt I’d stopped believing in myself. If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t have gotten here today, and by no means do I think I’ve reached the top. There is still so much more work to do.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am primarily an illustrator. I specialize in hand-cut paper illustrations using my own watercolor paintings to create reliefs. I started watercolor painting around 2014 and paper art a few months later. Being in love with both mediums, I wanted to see if I could marry the two and that’s pretty much that without looking back!
I believe, most people seem to know me for my coloring and my paper illustrations. I’m also extremely excited to have been able to create paper art for a children’s TV show that is set to air on the BBC.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe luck has played a big role at times in my artistic career — literally being in the right place with the right stuff at the right time. Doors opened and I was able to travel for art and do so much more with it than I ever thought possible. While I do believe a lot of luck played a pivotal point in my artistic life, I also believe that hard work also shouldn’t be forgotten. People working hard and getting visibility almost just seems lucky in itself.
- Small illustrations range from $70 to $150
- Larger illustrations from $300 to $1000+
- I also often do custom paintings and illustrations anywhere from $70 and up.
- Website: www.komorebisan.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liccakirk
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiccaKirk
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/licca_kirk
- Yelp: https://liccakirk.yelp.com
Joseph Bennett, Licca Kirk