Sophisticated, talented, and ingenious. Just some words that come to mind when asked to describe Keira. This 22 year old Atlanta native not only has the ability to draw Tim Burton-esqe works of art but she can also spot a good shoe from twenty miles away. Whether they're not-so-simple doodles or full pledge paintings for school, Keira views every piece of work as a "a way to explore what goes on within the dark corners of my mind" and it definitely shows. Her compositions will bring you to her blog but her glamorous yet simple style and cute selfies will keep you coming back for more. With eyes as intriguing as her art and illustrations that are painstakingly beautiful, this young artist is without a doubt worthy to be called November's Girl of the Month.
Keira: Thank you! One of my biggest inspirations is definitely Tim Burton. When I was four years old, my parents bought me Nightmare Before Christmas on VHS and I guess that's what really sparked my interests. According to my parents, I watched that movie twice a day, every day for about a year. That's insane! I think the way Burton portrayed his characters in a really dark and peculiar fashion was very alluring to me. It was so different from anything else I had seen before, especially in cartoons and movies. I really resonated with his style so subconsciously, it stuck with me throughout the years. Other inspirations were the artwork by Dr. Seuss, Quentin Blake (his illustrations were in Roald Dahl books, which were my favorite growing up), and my most recent inspiration, Egon Schiele, an Austrian painter from the early 1900s.
K: For me, every piece of artwork I've done is a way to explore what goes on within the dark corners of my mind. I like to look at my work as documentation of how my brain works, how I see things around me, and how I interpret reality. Reality, after all, is the infrastructure of my imagination and inspiration. I draw for the same reason people keep journals and diaries: to record what you're feeling, to stay sane, and to observe your own state-of-mind.
K: That started when I was sixteen years old. I spent my entire summer in Ireland, and stayed in the countryside with my Grandma for three straight months. I worked a lot on my drawing style that summer, mostly because I didn't have anything else to do! I would draw editorials from Fashion magazines I picked up from the local store and spent hours in my Grandma's kitchen recreating these designer garments in my own way. It was an eye-opener for me, because I realized this was something I really wanted to do professionally, and that I wanted a creative career. Inevitably, this lead me to applying to Savannah College of Art and Design. I was accepted in 2010, and now I graduate this upcoming Spring!
K: Easy! A ballpoint pen. I love that a ballpoint pen can create such depth and shading by how lightly or hard you press down on paper. I never leave a house without one. It's great to have on hand when I'm traveling and I can't bring my art supplies with me. A Moleskine sketchbook and blue ballpoint pen is all I need!
K: "Don't try and solve everything at once. Divide and Conquer." My dad always tells me this when I get overwhelmed by...well, life! It's important to remember that issues or problems buzzing around in your head competing for attention will get you no where. It's debilitating.
"I believe every human being has genius level talent." I know this isn't really advice, but it's a quote from Jay Z's documentary Made In America. I am obsessed with the way Jay Z's mind works, and I found this quote to be inspiring. It's something to keep your spirits up when you're feeling down about yourself.
K: I have no idea! I can't imagine what my life would be like without the ability of expressing myself through art. I probably would have taken the psychology route, since I love learning about how the brain operates and cognitive science. Maybe I'd be a neuropsychologist? That would be so cool!
K: Fashion is just another way to express yourself through a medium besides words. It is a form of self-expression and communication. You are essentially conveying to others who you are and what is important to you, whether you realize it or not. That's the beauty of it!
K: Ann Demeulemeester is my favorite designer right now. She's a Belgium designer who creates garments with very intricate detailing and keeps the color palette of her collections very monochromatic. There's a very punky femininity vibe to her designs and I love it! Definitely check out her collections if you haven't seen her work before!
Quick fire questions!
La-la-love a skinny, high-waisted pant/jean. My everyday uniform consists of a high-waisted jean, slouchy t-shirt and a pair of ankle boots.
2. What's your guilty pleasure song?
Treasure - Bruno Mars. I listen to it twice a day. It's kinda ridiculous!
3. What's your favorite place in the world?
London, England! I want to live there!
4. Keira Knightley or Keirnan Shipka?
I have to pick Keira Knightley out of respect for sharing the same name as me.
5. Do you like potatoes? If yes, how do you like them served?
Mashed potatoes and gravy. That's the only way I know how to have potatoes, thanks to my very, very, very, traditional Irish family.
If you're looking for unconventionally beautiful art or you just want some fashion and make-up inspiration, then check out her tumblr, blog or instagram.
- Victoria Urrutia
P.S. Thank you to the beautiful and lovely Keira for taking the time to send us her answers, favorite pieces of art, and some photos. The Reinvent team are huge fans!
all photos courtesy of Keira Crowther