Kinga Britschgi is a Hungarian artist who has been living in the United States since 1995. She has a degree in Fine Arts and a Masters’ in Bilingual Education. Kinga’s work has been published in magazines such as Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative, Practical Photoshop, and Digital Studio. In 2013 Adobe chose her images as part of their official marketing campaign for their new Creative Cloud project. She has a love for surrealism, magical realism, and dark whimsy. Kinga also enjoys creating “story-pictures” that consist of mysterious images with multiple layers of meaning.
- Tell me a bit about you and your background, what originally made you want to become an illustrator?
I am originally from Hungary; I moved to the US in August 1995 with my American born husband. I was working for the Peace Corps for 5 years in Hungary, and he was a volunteer there, that’s how we met. We got married in a small country town in 1994, and one year later we packed up our common life and settled down in his home state, Idaho in the United States.
Although I was engaged in traditional media for a long time, my art degree has a graphic design concentration, that’s how I got into digital art. I have been using Adobe products (mainly Photoshop and Illustrator) for decades, and have had illustrious clients to work with (Adobe, The Washington Post among others).
As for becoming an illustrator, it started out with all those ‘weird’ visual ideas that have always been in my head. Even when I was doing traditional art my pictures often depicted surreal, dream-like, magical elements. Digital media, with their convenient and easy ways of experimenting, lead naturally and evidently to enigmatic and mystical depictions and images, so that was the way I took when I started to create visuals in Photoshop and Illustrator. I published my works in magazines, books and online, and fortunately I found out there was a need for this type of illustrations as well, mainly in the book and music publishing industry.
- Do you have art studies, or were you self- taught?’ Do you think there is a link between art study and success in art market?
From Hungary I have a BA in Elementary Education and a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In the US I got an art degree and I also acquired an MA in Bilingual Education. The degrees show my two passions (apart from my family): art and linguistics.
I think success in the art market is very much luck based as the ‘competition’ is huge. (I don’t like to use the word ‘competition’ in this situation; I would rather call it ‘spectrum’ or even ‘menu’.) It does not mean of course that very hard work is not crucial in the process, but unfortunately you need much more pure luck than you’d think. It is quite discouraging sometimes. In this sense it seems it does not matter how you acquire your skills and knowledge if you are talented. However, studying in an institution can help in one very important area: making professional connections that can lead to more recognition. Your professors usually great mentors; your institution often has opportunities for you to shine and make your name stronger in your area (different shows and exhibitions; display places; chances to meet with outsider sponsors and art professionals etc.) In this sense there might be a link between your success and your study to become an artist.