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Natalie Kilany

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Inspired by old Disney flicks, Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, Natalie Kilany learned to draw long before she could write. And those early influences show through in her work today – her sweet, naïve little characters are perfect for everything from children’s book illustration through to advertising and editorial. Half-Egyptian and half-Indian, Natalie lives in the Wiltshire town of Marlborough in a Grade II listed cottage, which is surrounded by her rose garden. She’s mad about gnomes, as well as The Moomins, and finds endless amusement from her pet cat, Strudle. Natalie also listens to classical music, enjoys Georgian architecture and gardening, and is continually adding Joan de Bethel cats to her extensive pottery collection.

Training

Natalie did her foundation course at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and followed it up with a BA in Visual Communication Design Illustration at Middlesex University.

Approach

Natalie’s motto is ‘live to draw’ and she believes that an artist should strive to develop and evolve their craft every day. When she’s working on a picture book, she plots it out in thumbnail sketches first to decide on the overall layout. After that she works on full-size pencil sketches, which she transfers to watercolour paper where she applies watercolour paints, gouache and coloured pencils. The artwork is scanned in, with some shading and tweaking is done using the application Gimp.

Style

Natalie’s style is simple and contemporary, with a little whimsical flair. When it comes to characters she aims to give them a touch of sweetness, while avoiding the overtly cute label.

Client list

DDB London Volkswagen Kings of Neon Harper Collins Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability Fritz and Franzi Jung von Matt/Limmat AG Harvard Graduate School of Education Zumba
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Dad nips book for children artwork
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Painting of no way Jose songbook
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no way Jose songbook
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Illustration of children's book Dad Nips!
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Dancing People drawing
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Dad Nips watercolor illustration
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colorful parachute and people
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Book for children Dad Nips
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Family enjoying at home
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Family members are dancing in park
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Children's songbook illustrated by Natalie Kilany
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Wall painting and kid art by Natalie Kilany
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Mother and kid watercolor illustration
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no way Jose songbook illustration
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Dad Nips by Natalie Kilany
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Family enjoying at home with music
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Children's book Dad Nips illustrated by Natalie Kilany
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Walking kid illustration
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People making loud noises
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Drawing of people at cave
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Artwork of Dancing People
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Hili and the Dance artwork by Natalie Kilany
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Lost bear illustration
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Dog and Telescope drawing
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Nature and people painting
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Illustration of friends are walking behind dog
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Dog is jumping artwork
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Family with wall painting
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Hili and the Dance editorial artwork
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Happy kid enjoying in his room
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Kids playing in the park
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Kids playing with birds and animal
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Dad nips book for children
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Mother enjoying with their kids
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Songbook illustration by Natalie Kilany
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Loud and soft songbook illustration
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I love it – your artwork is wonderful and we’re very happy with this book. Thank you for all the work you did on it.
Sarah Thomas, Collins Education
This looks just beautiful! Honestly, it's even better than we were imagining and we're all thrilled.
Paula Telch Cooney, Harvard Graduate School of Education
We and the client are really happy with it! Thank you for the nice work.
Adrian Merz , Jung von Matt/Limmat AG
Just downloading images now – they’re BEAUTIFUL!!!! Really great job Natalie and bang on time! Very pleased indeed.
Mark Reed, University of Aberdeen
Congratulations on the work you did for Mind the Gap. I was very happy with the illustrations.
Roger McGough, Harper Collins