Our very own Capetown Queen, Katrin Coetzer creates her artwork with a naturalistic touch and a fantastical air. With original techniques, Coetzer uses water-based media on paper, and with gouache paints and ink. This glorious artist and mother creates work for picture books, editorial, brand work, and exhibitions.
This gorgeous collection of narrative work infuses storytelling elements. Each piece Coetzer creates is built around a chronicle framework.
Dream spaces can inspire an artist. Coetzer likes to create with ample drawing space, a generous library, good lighting from big windows, and green space in the view.
Coetzer has been a naturalistic child for the entirety of her life. She continues to peruse field guides, finding the beauty in trees, flowers, birds, insects, and even the snakes of South Africa. As a teenager, she hoarded Vogue and obscure European fashion magazines.
Growing up, Coetzer’s mom would give her HelloKitty markers. They were supposed to be a distraction, but she grew to love coloring with them. Her main canvas was the back of receipts and tiny bits of paper.
Do you believe in ghosts?
After putting her one-year-old to bed, Coetzer reserves her nights for art-making.
What is your favorite virtue?
“I’m immune to boredom.”
In the spirit of design and narrative, Coetzer often infuses tutorials into her art. Her detailed how-tos make drawing accessible and realistic for newcomers.
Coetzer creates in isolation. She needs to be the only person in her workroom, free of distraction.
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Follow Katrin Coetzer: @trini_prins