My name is Kate Channing, I’m an illustrator and graphic designer based in Plymouth, UK.
I create bright and eye-catching artwork, making the most of simple shapes, patterns and textures. I enjoy building decorative compositions across a wide range of genres, from product/packaging design to editorial illustrations for publications. Utilizing my skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, I strive to ensure a high quality output for any client. In my free time, I love to write and enjoy creating character designs, comics and graphic novels.
My work is an ongoing investigation into art as therapy, how illustration can be used as a communication tool and the power of illustration as a means of promoting social change. I’m largely inspired by social issues, environments, personal and shared experiences and strong emotions, and have a huge interest in the ways in which graphic design principles and illustration can work in tandem to create interesting and unique compositions and convey important messages.
I’m always open to new projects and opportunities, so feel free to get in touch if you would like to work together.
Plymouth College of Art ┃ Illustrated Infographic for Clearing 2021 ┃ 6/2021
In 2021, I was commissioned by Plymouth College of Art to create three illustrated infographics to help prospective students navigate their way through the clearing process. These were featured on the college website, social media platforms and in print. Skills included research, font and colour theory, following brief specifications, sending roughs for review and adapting designs following feedback.
Collective Arts Brewing ┃ Private Commission ┃ 11/2021
My work was selected for use on packaging by Collective Arts Brewing, a craft brewery in Toronto, CA.
Tate Modern ┃ Shortlisted for Design Competition ┃ 8/2019
In 2019, I took part in a greetings card design competition with the Tate Modern, where my design was shortlisted for publication.
Penguin Brief ┃ PCA ┃ 6/2020
This in-class brief was based around designing a book cover for an adult fiction book. Skills included research, age and literacy awareness, font and colour theory, adapting designs following feedback and pitching to an audience.
Although initially created for a project based around mindfulness and self care, this illustration was recently picked up by Collective Arts Brewing, a craft brewery in Toronto, Canada, who published the illustration on their newly released 'Daily Forecast' Mimosa Beers.
A double page spread illustration from a self-initiated project, where I created an illustrated mindfulness journal.
A postcard design based on an observational drawing.
A landscape study which I used as a front cover for an illustrated mindfulness journal, which featured fully illustrated pages and various mindfulness activities.
A full bleed illustration from a self initiated non-fiction pocket book, all about hideous and ‘unlovable’ deep sea fish.
'When will Women Feel Safe on UK Streets?'
Speculative editorial for an article by the Guardian on women’s safety in the UK.
Surface Pattern Design
An example of a repeat pattern design for children's bedsheets.
A portrait/headshot design from a personal project.
A repeat pattern packaging/label design for a fictional anti-spiking alcohol brand, which aims to enhance and promote women’s safety.
A character illustration from an editorial project.
A character illustration from a personal graphic novel project.