Portfolio: Karin Söderquist

Illustrator, Stockholm, Sweden

Karin Söderquist is a Stockholm-based illustrator, with a fascination for strong shapes and a love for all things cute. She says she's constantly searching for the perfect colour combination. 

Where did you train and what did you specialise in anything?

Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.

What's your favourite tool?

Scissors, because after pens they are what I use the most.

What techniques to do you use most?

I make collages out of colourful paper. I’ll then scan these into a computer and assemble them in Photoshop. I like the way that cutting out a drawing changes the shapes and the freedom of being able to change the colours and composition in Photoshop. 

What’s your favourite piece you've created?

I recently worked on a project together with SWE and ActionAid – my images where used in a stop-motion animation. Originally, it was going to be an online campaign, but it ended up being shown on Swedish TV. It was great seeing my work come to life and move, and nice working for a good cause.

What kinds of materials do you work with?

Coloured paper, found paper, ink and pencil. 

What (if any) computer packages do you use?

I usually put my images together in Photoshop.

Which clients have you worked for, and where have you exhibited your work?

I've worked for clients such as ActionAid, Anorak magazine, Hello!Lucky and Selfridges, and exhibited work at the Zabludowicz Collection, Dreamspace Gallery and Eastgallery. 

What inspires you?

Life, art, books, movies, music and my friends.

Favourite websites / blogs?

I try to limit the time I spend online, but I do follow some blogs of artists that I like: benjavens.tumblr.com, personalmessageblog.blogspot.se, carsonellis.com/blog, and I spend far too much time on Tumblr

Stills from the ActionAid project Kain worked on. The film can be viewed here.

Kain created Bakamyi for Oh Comely magazine

Piana is a Facebook cover image for Piana magazine

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Sexy Fika

Sexy Fika

Sexy Fika

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Sexy Fika

Skate Grrrls

To the North Pole

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Tropical Island is a personal project