YOU ARE A BABE
KATY SMAIL, ILLUSTRATOR
"I work as an Illustrator and I went to school for that. I have been working freelance for about four years now. I moved to New York three years ago from Scotland, which is where I’m from. I guess it really took off once I moved to New York, it developed pretty organically with a lot of interesting people that I was meeting that are designers and photographers. I do a lot of different projects, which I love. I’m naturally drawn to working with literature. All of my personal stuff is taken from characters in books; I lean towards a kind of melancholy, old-fashioned aesthetic with tragic female characters, like Tess of the D'urbervilles [laughs], Anna Karenina -- the really sad stories. I like to take sad stories and try to make something beautiful for them to preserve it and retell it in that way. I’ve also been doing a lot of fashion and photography work, which has been really exciting. I feel like there is a new place for illustration in editorials and magazines. I’ve also been doing a lot of kids work recently, which is something I never thought I would do. I finished illustrating my first children’s book for Anthony Crane that will be published this year. He wrote a very magical old-fashioned story that rhymes; it was such a treat to get into that world. I feel very very lucky to be able to dedicate all of my energy to my work."