Karin Söderquist is an illustrator and designer based in Stockholm and is a member of Bat Country Collective which is a illustration collective.
She has always had a love for drawing, but it wasn’t before she was 18 she actually considered it as a way of living and applied for art school in London. When she’s working on illustrations it’s important for her to present a diverse range of people with a good mix of ages, genders and ethnicities.
Conversation with Karin Söderquist
Where do you come from and where do you currently live?
I grew up in Eskilstuna, a Swedish city about an hour drive from Stockholm, but I moved away from there as soon as I could. For the past three years I’ve been living in Stockholm.
When did you become an artist and what was your first project?
As a kid I loved drawing, but it wasn’t until I was about 18 that I started considering it something that I could maybe do for living. I was studying a course in art history at university and realised I’d rather be doing art myself so I applied for a preparatory art school and after that I went on to study illustration. I think my first "real" illustration comission after university was a small editorial for Computer Arts Magazine.
Did you study art in school, if so where?
I have a BA in illustration from Camberwell College of Arts in London and I’m currently doing a two year course in packaging design in Stockholm.
What inspires you? Any particular artists?
Generally I try to keep my eyes and my ears open, because you never know where you're going to find inspiration next! I love looking at art, old and new, and I travel as much as I can afford. Tove Jansson is one of my all time favourite artists. I also think that Hedof, whose work you can find here on ArtRebels, does amazing work!
What are some of the ideas behind your work?
When I’m working on editorials I try to make the people in the illustrations as diverse as possible, to keep it a good mix of ages, genders, ethnicities etc. In my personal work I don’t have a specific message, I just draw things I’m interested in at the moment!