Hi! My name is Kitty McEwan and I am a 15 year old illustrator in Plymouth, UK. This blog is a collection of my personal and professional work as well as my reviews and thoughts about the events and exhibitions I go to.
As an illustrator I focus mainly on character illustration and making zines, and I am working on comic and concept art. I also design patterns and posters. I work in pen and ink, markers, watercolours and digital and I am exploring printmaking. I also sometimes make video games with my brother for game jams.
I self-publish my zine Gurt Noodle and I organise zine workshops to promote zinemaking as a way of publishing art and ideas that is accessible to everyone. I also keep a Zine Library which I take along to the workshops with me. I sometimes table at events with my zines, badges, prints and hand-drawn cards. You can keep track of what I have coming up by following me on instagram.com/midnakit and twitter.com/midnakit and you can contact me about commissions and collaborations by clicking here.
I am passionate about building community with other young artists and so in 2017 I became the Creative Director and Co-Founder of YEA Plymouth, an independent organisation led by young emerging artists aged 11-19. We organise events, workshops and art projects.
I was home educated (I have never been to school!) but now I am a student at Plymouth College of Art and am studying an Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration and Game Arts (GIGA). I have a separate blog for my college work which you can find here. I am really enjoying my course and I am a Student Rep for my class. I am also a member of the Barbican Theatre Arts Force team for aspiring arts leaders aged 15-25.
I am enthusiastic about supporting all local artists and so I try to visit and write about as many local arts events as I can on this blog. I am also a Young Activator for Visual Arts Plymouth and I am a supporter and volunteer for the annual Plymouth Art Weekender.
I also go to a couple of local youth clubs, play electric guitar and bass, and have earned my Junior Black Belt in KTX kickboxing. As well as all this, I like to play video games, listen to music, and read comic books!
Some of my recent achievements are:
Nov 2017 – I won a Tote Bag Design Competition held by The Art Side, Plymouth.
Nov 2017 – My zines were exhibited in an exhibition at Tate St. Ives by the Behave. collective.
Nov 2017 – I am Project Manager on YEA Plymouth on our new initiative (in collaboration with Plymouth Arts Centre and Horizon) to organise six free specialist skills workshops for young artists in Plymouth. I am also working as the designer for the promotional posters for the workshops.
Oct 2017 – I self-published my zine Gurt Noodle #1 and tabled at DevCon Plymouth.
Oct 2017 – I gave a zine workshop at Plymouth Central Library for Libraries Week.
Sept 2017 – I was an artist in the Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 as a member of YEA Plymouth. We published our zine YEA ’17 and ran a table at The Athenaeum to promote local young artists. I was Project Manager and Editor of YEA ’17 as well as having my work featured. I also wrote about the whole Weekender on this blog!
Sept 2017 – I had an article published in Made In Plymouth magazine (click to download the full issue as a pdf).
Sept 2017 – I started at Plymouth College of Art!
Jul-Aug 2017 – I gave a lunchtime talk and tour of the Finding Fanon exhibition by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy at Plymouth Arts Centre to help launch PAC To The Future, PACs new initiative to “give the floor to young artists and curators of the future”. I also helped to install the Finding Fanon exhibition at PAC.
Jun-Oct 2017 – I organised monthly zine workshops in Plymouth and I also designed new posters to promote each one.
Jun 2017 – I co-founded YEA Plymouth.
Apr 2017 – I self-published my zine Gurt Noodle #0 to promote zine making in Plymouth. I have distributed more than 250 copies so far!