Scribble Artist Interview with Carly Kasner!
Scribble Town (ST): Carly Kasner shows us how animations bring to life more imagination than we could imagine. It is easy to see in her artwork and her approach to creativity!
Carly Kasner (CK): Hello Scribblers, I come from Long Island and graduated from FIT, May 2012. I am a graphic designer with some essence of illustrator mixed in. From the time I was little till this very day, I have had a special connection with cartoons, which inspires and or impacts my work today.
ST: How are you spending your time these days?
CK: I am currently interning at The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York City. It is a non-profit organization that provides mental health and social services. I design various flyers, books, and print/e-mail invitations there. In my spare time, I have been recently involved in t-shirt design contests between the websites threadless.com, and welovefine.com.
In addition to that, I occasionally create my own characters for fun. In recent years, I do consider my work to be more digital but I still highly respect the traditional methods as well as the digital I utilized InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator as my main digital formats I use whatever tool(s) will get the job done in the best way for my idea/client.
ST: Designing t-shirts sounds really fun and it must feel good when you see somebody wearing one of your ideas. When did you start illustrating / scribbling / being creative? Was there somebody that encouraged you?
CK: The beginning of my creative era was around kindergarten I stumbled into my interest of drawing through the inspiration I got from cartoons and my love for doodling. I used to like to draw dogs. I feel that I was born with a love for drawing.
ST: Your love for dogs is seen in your North Shore Animal League Logo. I really like how you’ve nested the dog and the cat together. It’s as if they were hugging each other. It’s a very clever design! Where do you find yourself feeling really inspired to create?
CK: I think my inspiration can come from different sources and/or artists, but I think my, main root was the endless hours I spent in front of the TV growing up. I was a 90s child and some of my favorite cartoons were Courage the Cowardly Dog, Hey Arnold, the Rugrats, and The Angry Beavers. I was inspired not only by the characters image; I was inspired by the stories that molded the characters personalities. And as I got older, I became inspired by Japanese cartoons and comic books a.k.a. anime and manga.
ST: What other forms of art do you practice?
CK: In high school, I did some ceramics, collages, oil painting, and water colors in recent years, I am still partial to the sketchpad and pencil. I try to use that for my creativity as much as possible and even though I haven’t practiced it much lately I am also fascinated by watercolors.
ST: What is your favorite movie?
CK: My favorite movie is Hayo Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.
ST: I also really liked Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. The story and images are unforgettable! Carly, please share any tips, advice, or ways of encouraging scribblers.
CK: I struggle sometimes with accepting mistakes but it is important to accept mistakes and to learn from them. Try not to let them discourage you. I try to look at mistakes as boundaries to define what not to do next time. Keep in mind that you can’t get something right unless you get it wrong.
ST: Thanks Carly! That’s great advice! Making mistakes is a big part of life and making art. At least we can say we tried