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Natalie Kilany

Natalie Kilany - Berkshire, UK based illustrator

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
Autumn Trends
Autumn Trends
Teen fashion trends are the theme of Natalia Sanabria's latest illustration for Brio Magazine.
Autumn Trends
Tap to Tidy
Tap to Tidy
Currently No.1 in the hardback book chart, Natalia Sanabria illustrates for Stacey Solomon's new book 'Tap to Tidy'.
Tap to Tidy
Natalia Sanabria's SCRAPBOOK!
Natalia Sanabria's SCRAPBOOK!
We chat to Natalia Sanabria about her background and inspirations.
Natalia Sanabria's SCRAPBOOK!
Flower Couture
Flower Couture
Natalia Sanabria uses her fashion illustration skills to reimagine flower inspired designs.
Flower Couture
Winter Trends
Winter Trends
Brio Magazine ask Natalia Sanabria for an inspirational illustration showing make-up trends for the Winter season.
Winter Trends
Easy Signs
Easy Signs
Learning American Sign Language has been made easier with a book illustrated by Natalia Sanabria.
Easy Signs
Young Influencers
Young Influencers
Brio Magazine ask Natalia Sanabria to produce an artwork for their article on teenage girls and social media.
Young Influencers
The Awakening of the Ants
The Awakening of the Ants
Natalia Sanabria produces the poster art for Costa Rican film El Despertar De Las Hormigas.
The Awakening of the Ants
The Perfect Sunglasses
The Perfect Sunglasses
Natalia Sanabria helps Boots customers choose their sunglasses with fine portrait illustrations.
The Perfect Sunglasses
Eyebrows 101
Eyebrows 101
Natalia Sanabria teaches us how to create the perfect eyebrow.
Eyebrows 101
Your Future Self
Your Future Self
Fashion illustrator Natalia Sanabria was the first port of call for Brio Magazine when they wanted a graffiti style illustration.
Your Future Self
Strike a Pose
Strike a Pose
AdAge commission Natalia Sanabria for a portrait of Angelica Ross.
Strike a Pose
True Romance
True Romance
Natalia Sanabria's recent illustrations for Brio Magazine show us that love is more than a Hollywood fantasy.
True Romance
Best of the City
Best of the City
For a special issue of Vegas Seven, Natalia Sanabria draws a manicured hand signal illustration.
Best of the City
Bag Investment
Bag Investment
Stylist Magazine commission Natalia Sanabria for some chic handbag illustrations.
Bag Investment
Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland
Natalia Sanabria illustrates for Marie Claire UK's Christmas feature.
Winter Wonderland
Safiya
Safiya
Spanish shoe brand 'Safiya' launch their new Happy Diamond collection with Natalia Sanabria's art.
Safiya
Tommi Loves
Tommi Loves
Tommi Loves
MAC's Art of the Lip
MAC's Art of the Lip
MAC's Art of the Lip
Where GuestBook New York
Where GuestBook New York
Some typical New York characters have been illustrated by Natalia Sanabria for Where GuestBook New York.
Where GuestBook New York
Sunglass Hut Styling
Sunglass Hut Styling
Sunglass Hut Styling
Swell Season
Swell Season
Swell Season
Natalia Sanabria's Scrapbook
Natalia Sanabria's Scrapbook
Natalia Sanabria's Scrapbook
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