By MARIE LANDINGIN.
Meet 20-year-old Kristina Webb from Tauranga, a crazy-talented superstar artist! Whether it’s drawing, Instagram, or colouring books, Kristina is your go-to creative girl.
You’ve been described as an internet sensation and a gal with amazing talent. How would you describe yourself?
I’m just a girl who loves to draw. Several years ago when I was first told that I had inspired someone else to draw, it changed me. I realised that was the most important thing in my life: to inspire others to explore their own creativity.
What are you up to at the moment?
I am currently in NZ working on a big project through a USA company that I will announce soon. I’m also doing art for my @colour_me_creative instagram.
When did you discover your artistic talent?
I think I have always been artistic. I fell in love with picture books at a young age and was obsessed with anything girly, princessey and sparkly. I was two years old when my Mum taught my older sister to draw people and from that moment I was completely enthralled by creating art!
I loved to draw every moment I could.
What do you have inside your art kit and what do you usually draw?
I have a lot of Staedtler products, especially their mechanical pencils and fineliners. I love Prismacolour coloured pencils and I have a favourite type of sketch pad that I can only buy in NZ.
I love to draw people, in particular girls. I really enjoy drawing long hair.
Who or what inspires your art?
As cliché as it is, I find inspiration everywhere. I have had inspiration hit just by seeing the most random things in everyday life, like looking up at the sky and seeing funny shaped clouds or accidentally spilling water on my art and then realising how cool the water looked hitting the light from the window.
If I’m ever struggling to come up with anything, the internet is always a good place to see some awesome ideas and see if you could come up with your own ideas just by seeing what someone else has created.
I’ve always said art is a constant chain of inspiration from one artist to the other and you never know what your art could inspire someone else to create. Then sometimes you just see an idea you just have to try and replicate, which is also fine as long as you credit the original artist for the idea.
What is it like to be an Instagram artist with almost two million followers?
It is amazing and unbelievable! I love it, but there is constant pressure to keep producing art; you never get a break. I’m so grateful to every person for supporting me by following me.
Do you have any celebrity followers? Have you met any celebrities?
I have met Cody Simpson, Ed Sheeran, Michelle Phan, and many other YouTube celebrities.
You have published a book, Color Me Creative. What is it about and why did you write it?
My main inspiration was to create something that would encourage not only artists, but everyone, to express their creative side. I’ve always believed everyone was born creative and art is an incredibly therapeutic way to de-stress and have some fun. I wanted to create something that I wished I had had during the time I attended high school.
The first half of the book is my story of how I got to where I am. The rest of the book is 50 creative challenges. These invite the reader to have a go a creating something themselves using my instructions and guidance. Although there are prompts and instructions, I want the reader to know that they don’t need to follow them if they don’t want to and to interpret the challenges in unique ways.
There’s also an app that has 15 videos associated with the book.
I wrote it to inspire people to have a go at drawing even if they don’t think they are artistic. I believe everyone is creative in their own way.
Could you tell us a bit about your creative process?
I have a large list of ideas that I can go to when I want to create a piece of art. I lie on the floor with pillows and blankets and snacks, get really comfortable and then sketch out my idea using Staedtler mechanical pencils. Then I colour with Prismacolour pencils. Once finished I scan it into the computer and then post to Instagram.
What are your top nine favourite things in the world?
- Snow skiing
Where do you hope to see yourself in the future?
Continuing to inspire others to be creative in whatever area they are drawn to.
What would your top piece of advice be to budding artists out there?
Just pick up a pencil and have a go. Find some artists you like and get guidance from how they do things then add your own twist to it. Always sign your work. Be brave enough to share your work on social media.
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