Linda Ketelhut

I have wanderlust in my heart and am always up for adventure.
Having explored the Antarctic Penninsula, I dream of someday
circumnavigaing the entire continent.

LINDA PORTAIT

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Where do you live?
Austin, TX

Where have you lived?
New York City, Detroit, Michigan

What medium do you use?
gouache, pastels, computer

How do you stay inspired?
magazines, especially British Elle Decor and Living etc., exploring websites, blogs, books, going to fabric/trim shops, meeting and listening to interviews with other inspired people, listening to music, nature, and one of my favorite things, traveling.

Where do you buy your art supplies?
actually, I’m not sure. I just moved to Austin 2 months ago, so if anyone has any ideas let me know!

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
both

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
Red, with any color. Also, not in combination, but grass green and bright orange – two colors I’ve never been that drawn to but am now wanting to use like crazy!

What blog(s) do you read?
design sponge, poppytalk, print&pattern bloesem, lotta jansdotter, lenacorwin, decor8, oh joy.

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
Illustrating allows me to use my voice. in bright colors.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
I would be in Antartica studying the penguins.

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Textiles! I would love to collaborate with a fashion designer on a clothing or accessory line – skirts, dresses, tops, handbags, sneakers. I love the work from IVANAhelsinki and Orla Kiely. Homewares are also very exciting to me. It would be wonderful to design for dinnerware, lampshades, bedding, pillows,….. and in support of my wanderlust, maybe design a travel line with luggage, tents, sleeping bags, passport holders, journals….

Name something you do in your spare time.
Rearrange the furniture.

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
working on a rap video for a song called “who stole my last piece of chicken” was memorable.

What are you reading now?
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Where would you like to travel to next?
Stockholm or Tanzania

What’s your favorite TV show?
Flight of the Conchords

What’s your favorite NPR show?
Fresh Air

What movie have you seen several times?
Little Miss Sunshine

Who are you in “The Office”?
…..maybe the person you don’t see, straightening the pictures on the walls and tidying up…..

What is your favorite cheese?
Manchego

Do you wear shoes when you do art?
only if I’ve just come in from raking the yard.

What do you listen to while you work?
npr, podcasts, Lots of music – Ben Kweller, Spoon, Stereolab, New Order…

What’s your middle name?
Marie

What do you wish your middle name was?
Portia

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
guacamole.

How do you stay in shape?
running, walking, talking

How don’t you stay in shape?
cupcakes.

What is your current favorite font?
Restraint by Marian Banjes/Ross Mills. It’s beautiful!

How do you take your coffee?
in my favorite red mug with frothy half and half

Whom would you like to meet?
I’m overwhelmed by this question, there’s so many to list, so to name a few….For colorful conversation over beautiful art – Maira Kalman. For unique design advice – Todd Oldham, When I need tips on entertaining – Amy Sedaris, When I’ve had a bad day – Will Ferrell

What question would you most like to be asked?
What makes you happy?

What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
Without being specific, I enjoy jobs that are a right fit. It’s always a fun experience when the art director likes my style and trusts me to translate it to their needs.

Guildery
Land of Nod
TeNeues
Ivory
Chronicle Books
Random House
Target
Wheatpaste
Discovery Channel
Lifetime
Graphique de France
McMurry Publishing
Bruce McGaw/McGaw Graphics
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Oopsy Daisy, Fine Art for Kids
Pleasant Company
Roaring Brook Press
Ronnie Sellers Productions
Schurman Design
Klutz
Smallwood & Stewart
Boston Globe
Teen
Time Out New York Magazine
Travel & Leisure
Utne Reader
YM

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