Friday, 4 September 2015

Feature: Murder of Goths,
Illustrator of Awesome

I've been meaning to write this post for, oh, only about 3 months; sorry MoG! That's what a few friends and I call Kat, AKA Murder of Goths. It reminds me of a moogle (don't worry if you don't know what I'm talking about, but if you do then kudos!). Anyway, I was originally chatting to MoG at the beginning of June about writing a feature post on her artwork, blog and general awesomeness, and since then she's turned into a bit of a superstar so I'm a tad 'behind with the times' now. Still, I'm going to claim that I got in there first (signature please) ;)

Since then I've not only had the pleasure of being drawn by MoG, but I also got to meet the wonderful woman herself at Style XL. Yes, she is as adorable as she looks! Hopefully you can just about make out the postcard that I'm holding, which is a print of the illustration that MoG did of me; she brought postcards for every plus size blogger that she had drawn, because she's awesome like that. It was really lovely.

I asked MoG a few questions. It wasn't really an interview as such, but here's her replies...

When did you first start drawing/artwork, what sparked your initial interest and what inspires you?

I've always loved drawing, when I was little the answer to the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" was always "an artist". I was always drawing, then when I was about 14 we got our first computer and I discovered digital art. I'm inspired by all sorts, I especially like drawing portraits though, which was sparked when I did my first life drawing class. I thought I'd hate it, I was painfully shy and thought I'd panic at the sight of a naked person, but I loved it. There's something very pleasing about drawing a human figure and face.

How can we purchase your work or request a commission?

I've just launched a Redbubble store selling my designs (http://www.redbubble.com/people/murderofgoths). You can buy anything from stickers for a couple of pounds to prints to duvet covers! It does include some clothing, but unfortunately not in plus sizes, so I'm looking for another site to use. I found one, but they don't go too large and they were ridiculously expensive. I also do commissions if anyone wants a custom portrait, the price will depend on what you are looking for and if you need prints or prefer to print it yourself. If anyone wants anything like that they just need to send me a message on email (murderofgoths@gmail.com) or through Twitter (@murderofgoths).

© Murder of Goths (L-R: Leah of Just Me Leah, Stephanie of Nerd About Town, Lucia of Ucantwearthat and me)

If you could be commissioned by anyone to draw their portrait, who would it be and why?

Ooh tough one. I think I'd be utterly thrilled if Dirty Martini, the plus size Burlesque star, wanted one of my portraits. But in all honesty I'm actually incredibly flattered by any portrait request, right now I'm drawing a portrait of an incredible woman who raises awareness of invisible disabilities and who has created a hashtag for spoonies to chat under. She's no celebrity, and isn't the most well known on Twitter, but she's an inspiration to me and I'm honoured to get to draw her.

Is there any link between your artwork, your blog and your interest in plus size fashion/the community?

There is a huge link. Both literally, as seen in my latest project of fruity plus size pin-ups, but also more emotionally. I'd stopped drawing because of chronic pain and low self esteem, and getting involved in the plus size community has been such a huge boost in my confidence that's had massive ripples in my life. It's no surprise that when I first started drawing again after a long hiatus it was to draw plus size women who inspired me. The response I got from these amazing women was very emotional for me. I nearly cried when they all said they loved their portraits. The plus size community has taught me I don't need to hide, not my body, and not my talents.

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