For most kids, watching cartoons is an escape from the lifetime of drudgery they foresee upon becoming a so-called ‘"grown-up". For others, it’s bona fide, career-building research. Remember the kid who would rock out 200 push-ups and some serious kata during Teenage Mutant Turtles? Or the one who’d draw all her favourite characters in a dog-eared sketchbook, then colour them expertly, winning the favor of teachers and tough kids alike? Natalie Smith (RB’s beloved Scarlett Veith) was just such a child. Avidly watching the likes of Disney, the Simpsons and the animated Batman series, Smith learned more than just how to hogtie a villain. Now she produces designs in her own unique style, gaining the attention of Redbubble fans and the publishers of children’s books.
Until recently, Natalie worked almost solely in pencil and paper, but has since moved to a primarily digital style, with some fantastic results. Although digital work has the potential to be excessively clean or awkwardly-colored, Natalie has a wonderful eye in selecting a palette and includes some beautifully delicate effects, such as the fall of street lights filtered through a venetian blind, or subtly-blurred balls in motion.
Natalie Smith is based in Yorkshire, UK, is largely self-taught and recently illustrated a children’s book about a bulb of garlic who gets lost in a grocery store. So, kids, next time your Nan tells you to switch off the telly, politely let her know the artistic benefits of watching cartoons.
See Scarlett Veith’s full portfolio here.
This is the twenty-second in a series of artist features on the Redbubble blog. As the readership for the blog grows beyond the virtual walls of Redbubble, we’re always looking for opportunities to promote artists and encourage more eyeballs to take a wander through the Redbubble hallways. We aim to write posts that show off the best the Redbubble community has to offer, that engage and entertain artists, both on Redbubble and beyond, and appeal to art and design lovers far and wide. If you’re scratching your head, wondering if there’s some method to the madness or if this is an elaborate experiment involving monkeys and typewriters, you’ll find a more information here.
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