Artist Spotlight: Katherine (Ren) Lyons


Artwork created by Katherine (Ren) Lyons.

Q: How long have you been making art?
A: I’ve been making art since I was a kid, but I only started taking it seriously around the sixth grade.

Q: Do you have a specific style that you’ve developed?
A: Yes! I like to combine a cartoon style with realism.

Q: What is your favorite medium to work with?
A: My favorite mediums are digital and sketching.

Q: What does being an artist mean to you?
A: Being an artist is a chance for me, someone who has a hard time talking about my feelings, I can show my emotions in a raw and intricate form.

Q: Do you plan to pursue art as a career?
A: I do! I’d like to illustrate comic books after college.

Q: Who influences you as an artist?
A: My main art influences are Ai Weiwei

and Leonardo Romero.

Q: What do you like about digital art?
A: I like the versatility of it. You can do a lot more in a quicker amount of time, you can make much more detailed works with less of the time restraints of painting or drawing.

Q: How has your skillset grown over time?
A: The more I draw the quicker I improve. I can see vast improvements when looking at my past sketchbooks and artworks. I have learned more about proportion and structure, thus making my art more and more realistic.

Q: What is your favorite piece that you’ve done?
A: The little doodles I make for my friends always bring a smile to my face. Sometimes your favorite work can be something that isn’t your best work.

Q: What is your process when creating a piece?
A: Usually an idea pops into my head at a random moment and I just start drawing. Art teachers may tell you that you have to plan all your artworks. But some of my favorite works have been made in the moment, just drawing or painting how I feel right then and there.

Q: Do you have any advice for other young artists?
A: Draw whenever you can. Practice is the only road to improvement.

Q: How would you describe your style of art?
A chaotic mix of media and styles.

Q: What inspires your passion for art?
A: My life experiences, friendships, and emotions.