Interview with Kendyll Hillegas

Interview with Kendyll Hillegas

Hello, everyone! I’m {kind of} sorry I fell off the grid for the last two weeks. My wonderful parents were in town, and it was certainly a whirlwind of activity.
Sooo, to make up for my lengthy absence, I’m going to introduce you to another awesome artist on this Tell About It Thursday. Her mouth-watering depictions of food are destined to grace my walls in the near future, and I just couldn’t wait any longer to gush about her art! Be sure to read all the way to the end to find out about her GIVEAWAY.
Allow me to snag your interest with this delicious illustration of strawberry shortcake. ;)

First, please introduce yourself and your shop.

My name is Kendyll Hillegas. I’m an artist and illustrator living in Boston, MA. Much of my work focuses on portrait-like depictions of food and everyday objects. I post new work and progress photos daily on my Tumblr and sell these works as prints via my Etsy shop.

How would you describe your illustration style?

I would say that my work has some elements of realism, pop art and even commercial art. At a fundamental level, it’s an appreciation of beauty in the ordinary, so it’s also highly personal and unapologetically sentimental.

How do you decide which new subject matter to feature next?

If I’m doing a personal piece, I usually just choose a subject that I find beautiful and interesting. Sometimes I’ll remember a story or experience first and them come up with the reference material. More often, I’ll see a particular food or object in the course of my day, and be inspired to use it as the subject for an illustration. In doing personal work, I also look for subjects that will allow me to practice skills that I want to improve, like color use and texture variation.

You say each piece has its story. Will you tell us the story behind one of your favorite items?
If you’ve been to my Tumblr, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of pie. I’ve drawn many different varieties and it continues to be one of my favorite foods to illustrate. Pie became my favorite dessert when I was in high school and on an epic quest to make the perfect pie. I was homeschooled, obsessed with Anne of Green Gables, and had a penchant for pursuing unattainable goals.

One weekend when I was 15 or so, a fellow homeschooler and pie-devotee spent the night. It was around the holidays, so there was a slice of leftover pumpkin pie in the fridge and we eagerly anticipated getting to have it for breakfast. The next morning, we took the pie from the fridge, set it on the counter and with bated breath proceeded to carefully transfer that final slice to a plate. Somehow, when the slice was midair between the pie dish and our plate, it slipped from the cake knife and landed crust down, on the floor with a dramatic splat. My friend and I looked at each other in quiet devastation, and then without a word as if it was the only appropriate thing to do, we dropped to our knees and began quickly eating the pie right off the floor.

That story has been told many times in our circle of friends. Over the years, it has elevated pumpkin pie to a symbol of friendship, spontaneity, silliness and determination
Do you do custom pieces? If so, what is the process like?

Yes, definitely. There are a couple different ways to initiate a custom piece:

1. If you would simply like to see an illustration of your favorite food and don’t need to own the original or use the illustration for commercial purposes, you can submit a photo reference via my Favorite Foods Project page. There are some rules and restrictions, so be sure to read the page thoroughly before submitting your photo.

2. If you want to own the actual, physical work, or if you want use the illustration for commercial purposes, you can commission a custom work by emailing me with a description of the piece you’d like created and the way you plan to use it. Once we’ve agreed on terms, I’ll create a proof to give you an idea of the composition and overall color placement. At this point, you’ll be able to give feedback and request changes. Once I’ve received your feedback, I’ll complete the illustration. Pricing is variable and depends upon complexity of the subject, and the way the work will be used.


Isn't she talented? If you're like me and could salivate over her illustrations all day, every day, you'll really want to hear about the GIVEAWAY she has going right now. Here's what Kendyll has to say about it:
Lindsey of the beautiful blog, Lost and Fawned has been kind enough to host a Fall giveaway for me. There’ll be three winners chosen on October 12. You can find more info and enter the giveaway here.

Take note that the giveaway ends in just a couple days, so get your entries in right away.
And finally, if you're a social media butterfly, you can also find Kendyll in the following places:

Instagram @kendylln

Facebook @kendyllmadeit

Twitter @kendyllhillegas

Thank you for giving us an inside peek at the humor and warmth behind your gorgeous creations, Kendyll. And guys, trust me— if there is a foodie person on your Christmas list, you really need to check out her Etsy shop!


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