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Kasha Killingsworth's Creative Life

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Kasha! I’m a designer and illustrator based in Richmond, Virginia. During the day I work for a small, interdisciplinary branding agency called Campfire & Co. We do branding, interior design, and web design for all sorts of different clients.

I actually have a BFA in interior design, so a lot of my job is building those graphic identities and then translating them into physical spaces. Post-work I’m usually drawing things for myself, eating sushi, or screen printing apparel, which I sell under the moniker kashkill.

What are you working on?

I’ve been working on branding, packaging and interiors for a lot of food clients lately: a brewery, some coffee shops, a donut shop, a pop-up restaurant concept, etc. So yeah, I’m pretty much hungry all the time.

Outside of work, I have a few freelance projects going on but I’ve mostly just been illustrating for fun. I’ve gotten really into screen printing this past year thanks to a good friend of mine, which has definitely influenced my illustration style in that I’ll tend to use thicker line weights and make two to three-color illustrations.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Why is it a favorite?

Rebirth

Rebirth

by Kasha Killingsworth

I was reading this article yesterday on how our body regenerates every 7 years. Every cell in your body has been replaced by a new cell. Kinda cool that we get the chance to start over every now and again 〰️

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All of my favorite personal projects are always born out of super random ideas. With this one, I was reading this article on how our body regenerates every seven years—in that time period, every cell in your body has been replaced by a new cell. While I was reading it I had this mental image of a body refilling with new cells, kinda like one of those big dry erase thermometers they use to track fundraising. So I started with a super absurd 30-second sketch and then brought it into Illustrator.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

My entire life is held in the pages of my Moleskine planner, so most of my sketches end up in there or on some scrap of tracing paper. I use a ton of tracing paper, and will typically tweak and re-trace until I’m comfortable inking. I’ll use my Epson WorkForce or the Dropbox app to scan in a clean, inked sketch, and I’ll pull it into Illustrator from there and get to work outlining and adding finer detail and textures.

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I do most all of my digital work on my 15” MacBook Pro, but I also have an Adonit Pixel stylus that I’ll either use directly on my trackpad or on the iPad I have at work. I mostly use the stylus for more fluid, organic shapes or for hand lettering. As for my workspace, I tend to like working in a crisp, white space but I painted this yellow stripe a few months ago and I’ve actually found that it puts me in a better mood and helps me focus!

Choose a favorite shot from another Player. Why do you dig it?

I’m a huge fan of all of Joanna Ławniczak’s illustrations. Her style is immaculate and she always adds in such clever little details. I love everything about this piece—the axonometric view, the color palette, the tongue-in-cheek poster in the window. So good. There’s nothing more satisfying than gorgeous, clean-lined work that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Find Kasha on Dribbble, Instagram, and at kashakillingsworth.com.

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