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Kathryn Rathke

Kathryn Rathke - International line illustrator. Seattle

With her fluid, natural drawing style, Kathryn Rathke has a rare talent for capturing the individual look of the person she’s drawing in just a few quick lines. Authors, singers, politicians – her portraits are instantly recognisable but so simply drawn that they’re always easy for people to relate to.
Based in Seattle, Kathryn sometimes creates an image using just one fluid and continuous line, another trick to hook in the viewer and engage them with her client’s project. According to the Seattle-based artist she owes her drawing skills to her grandmother, who taught her to draw and supplied her with books by Arthur Rackham, Maurice Sendak and William Steig; and her father who was president of an advertising agency and brought home reams of paper for her to practice on.

Approach

Kathryn does everything digitally in Photoshop and Illustrator using a Cintiq screen by Wacom. She draws portrait subjects many times over from different angles, learning their facial features so that her final work is instantly recognisable.

Styles

Expressive and calligraphic, there’s a unique sense of gesture in Kathryn’s line illustrations. She works in a variety of styles, using shading, texture and coloured backgrounds in different ways to achieve a unique look for her client.

Awards

2005 – AI-AP Award 2010 – Communication Arts Award of Excellence 2012 – AI-AP Award

Client list

Newsweek, NY Observer, Vanity Fair, Time Out, The Evening Standard, O Magazine, Brooks Sports, Penguin, Make Magazine, Smart Money, Rolling Stone and Welt am Sonntag are just some of Kathryn’s clients.
Quarantine Book Club
Quarantine Book Club
Kathryn Rathke creates portraits of the authors featured in a Seattle-based online book club.
Quarantine Book Club
A Message To The City
A Message To The City
Kathryn Rathke sends a message to the city for The Stranger magazine.
A Message To The City
Hannibal Buress
Hannibal Buress
Kathryn Rathke draws and animates a portrait of comedian Hannibal Buress for Chicago Magazine.
Hannibal Buress
Dinner Guests
Dinner Guests
Kathryn Rathke illustrates for Johns Hopkins Magazine on their alumni's ideal dinner guests.
Dinner Guests
Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless
Kathryn Rathke produces an amusing portrait of American chef Rick Bayless for Chicago Magazine.
Rick Bayless
Refugee Entrepreneurs
Refugee Entrepreneurs
Kathryn Rathke helps to celebrate refugee entrepreneurs at a recent London event.
Refugee Entrepreneurs
Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros
Kathryn Rathke creates one of her signature portraits for Chicago Magazine.
Sandra Cisneros
Tweedy and the Corn Cobs
Tweedy and the Corn Cobs
Kathryn Rathke is thrilled to draw one of her favourite musicians for Chicago Magazine.
Tweedy and the Corn Cobs
ChrisTiana ObeySumner
ChrisTiana ObeySumner
City Arts Magazine commission Kathryn Rathke for one of her outstanding portraits
ChrisTiana ObeySumner
Sister Jean
Sister Jean
Kathryn Rathke creates a portrait of a worthy local for Chicago Magazine.
Sister Jean
Community Radio
Community Radio
A portrait of Tony Benton is created by Kathryn Rathke for Seattle's City Arts Magazine.
Community Radio
Angela Garbes
Angela Garbes
Food critic Angela Garbes is drawn by Kathryn Rathke for Seattle's City Arts magazine to coincide with the release of her new book.
Angela Garbes
Sharp Women
Sharp Women
A book celebrating the intellectual life of female writers in 20th century America is illustrated by the skilled Kathryn Rathke.
Sharp Women
A Striking Portrait
A Striking Portrait
Kathryn Rathke draws Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for an event held in his honour.
A Striking Portrait
Rushdie's Review
Rushdie's Review
The Guardian ask Kathryn Rathke for one of her distinctive portraits showing Salman Rushdie and the President of the USA.
Rushdie's Review
Sgt Rigsby and his Amazing Silhouettes
Sgt Rigsby and his Amazing Silhouettes
Seattle's City Art's Magazine commission Kathryn Rathke for her super portrait skills.
Sgt Rigsby and his Amazing Silhouettes
Artists of the Year
Artists of the Year
Kathryn Rathke draws portraits honouring Seattles's worthiest artists.
Artists of the Year
Nobel Prize Winner
Nobel Prize Winner
Kathryn Rathke celebrates Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize with this fantastic portrait.
Nobel Prize Winner
The Spirit & Flair of Prince
The Spirit & Flair of Prince
Kathryn Rathke creates a portrait of Prince for Seattle's 'The Stranger'.
The Spirit & Flair of Prince
Audible Range
Audible Range
Illustrating for the 'Audible Range' editorial site, Kathryn Rathke visualises listening to Moby Dick for a feature on audiobooks.
Audible Range
Rocket
Rocket
Kathryn Rathke works on a charity project for KEXP - a listener-sponsored radio station.
Rocket
Macron
Macron
Kathryn Rathke draws a portrait of France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron.
Macron
Seattle's Jody Hall
Seattle's Jody Hall
Kathryn Rathke's portrait skills are used again for Seattle's City Arts Magazine.
Seattle's Jody Hall
Illustrator Profile - Kathryn Rathke
Illustrator Profile - Kathryn Rathke
Kathryn Rathke illustrates with fluid, expressive and calligraphic lines.
Illustrator Profile - Kathryn Rathke
A Wall of Wally
A Wall of Wally
Kathryn Rathke takes part in the Wall of Wally project.
A Wall of Wally
T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot
Kathryn Rathke produces an intense portrait of T.S. Eliot for The Guardian Review cover.
T.S. Eliot
World Cup Nicknames
World Cup Nicknames
World Cup Nicknames
All about Rathke
All about Rathke
All about Rathke
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