Name: Brittney Klein
Instagram tag: @brittney.klein
What artists have had a strong impact on you personally?
The first artist I really loved and really influenced me was Agnes Cecile, she was basically the reason I started painting and drawing. Other artists that have impacted me are Kemi Mai and Manjit, both of their styles really influenced me when I first started using a drawing tablet and moving away from traditional styles.
Besides other artists, what has influenced your style the most?
The colour pink and drawing girls with strong eye contact. Also any song by Florence and the Machine.
How would you like to improve your style?
I tend to stick to the same sort of style and colours, I would love to develop my style more, use a more diverse range of colours, add more details and complexities to my work. I use water colour a lot also and I often to forget with my digital illustrations I can make mistakes and it’s not watercolour where if something doesn’t look good there is really no going back.
If I had to get a tattoo tomorrow it would be…
Most likely something botanical related.
The last book I read was…
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
The last song I listened to was…
On + Off by Maggie Rodgers.
When I am trying to get into my artistic zone I like to…
Most of the time I just listen to music, or I’ll watch a movie/tv show that has great cinematography.
Being a young artist living in Australia is…
Strange. I’ve never really considered myself an artist and to be called one somewhat satisfies my childhood dream. There are so many amazing female artists in Australia right now and I’m just one girl doing her best.
What would you tell young aspiring artists?
As cliché as it is, practice! I’ve continually drawn for as long as I can remember and people always tell me they wish they could draw too and I firmly believe that if you stick with it long enough and you’ll get there. Also try different materials until you find what works best for you!
When I was young I always wanted to…
Be an artist! I had this vivid image of me being in a completely white room, with only an easel in the middle and me wearing a beret holding a paint palette. Although the reality is a lot less white and lots of paint all over my bedroom floor in my parents’ house.
My proudest artistic achievement was…
When I was in year 1, a self-portrait that I did was hung in my local art gallery and I’m still pretty chuffed about that. Also being printed in Grapeshot for the first time was a big deal, I’ve got like 28 copies lying around my house.
Where do you hope to take your art in the future?
I would love to do more commissions, I would also like to work with other people and do some collaborative work.
If you’re enjoying Grapeshot Online, come meet us irl February 27, at the launch party of our next issue, Daddy! It’s at Ubar at 4:30pm, and there will be drink vouchers, temporary tats, and bangers.