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Artist Profile: Kiah Tulloch

March 28, 2010


We at the Fold are always on the lookout for fresh artistic talent, and today we are pleased to present a short interview with Kiah Tulloch, a very talented illustrator and good friend.

Let’s get the boring standard questions out of the way first – How long have you been illustrating and what first got you into it?

I’ve been illustrating for about 6 years now. I’m a naturally arty person, I’ve always been into drawing, painting and making things, so it’s just one of my many weird and wonderful hobbies.


What do you call your particular method of illustration?

The style is called Pointillism and it involves using solely dots to form an image. The traditional Pointillism used by artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, is a technique of painting which involved patterns of dots and/or thin, short brushstrokes to form an image. Somewhere along the way it developed into the striking black and white that I practice now.


Yours is a very unique style that I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone specialise in before – what first started you off drawing like this?

I started doing this when I was in my final year of college. I used the style to illustrate an A5 colour piece of a flower for my Textiles coursework, and I loved the effect so much that I just kept going. Funnily enough it was pure laziness that I started the flower in the first place.

I remember needing to get the image done and I really couldn’t be bothered because I was just so bored of using the same old drawing & colouring pencils, so I started dotting with some cheap coloured markers that I found in the bottom of my art bag. I actually thought it was going to be a lot quicker than drawing or colouring, but it turned out twice as long taking me about 2-3 weeks just to complete the A5 piece. However, the result was so amazing that I just kept experimenting.


When shading your pieces, how do you decide where the dots go? Is there a procedure, a technique to it, or is it more erratic and random?

Shading is a little difficult to explain without a demonstration, but I’ll do my best. My tool of choice is a 0.05 Staedtler black pigment liner (which means my dots are 0.05mm in diameter – crazy I know!) so vast spaces of “shadow” (e.g. hair) mean that dots need to be extremely close together.

These areas I tend to do in a fairly erratic manner to get the space filled quickly, as it doesn’t really matter where the dots go as long as by the end they’re tightly packed into the space. For graduated areas it requires a more steady hand to make sure that the dots are accurately spaced to give the best contrast. There really isn’t a technique, it’s just how I prefer to work. It does require a great deal of patience and good eye for detail though.


Which artists do you personally admire?

Wow that’s a question and a half! I’ll try to keep the list brief because I could probably fill a book with the full answer.
Pre-Raphaelite artists: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir John Everett Millais
Paper-cut artist: Hina Aoyama
Illustrators: David Downton, James Jean, Julie West, Ella Tjader, TADO
Graphic artists: I Love Dust
Street Artists: TooFly, Slinkachu, Robbo, Imminent Disaster, Aakash Nihalani


Your pieces are primarily portraits of celebrities – is there any particular reason for this?

Portraits – yes, celebrities – no. I love faces, particularly eyes, so I find portraits most interesting to work on. I use celebrities simply because the images are so easy to get hold of. I did a couple of commissioned kids’ portraits about 2 or 3 years ago and I’ve also done a couple of animal pieces, but I always find myself back at the celeb portraits.


As we’re friends, I know that you’ve only started drawing again in the past couple of months after an ‘extended hiatus’ shall we say, what made you pick up the pen again?

I picked up it up again because I just can’t deal with not having some form of creative outlet. It allows me time to think/daydream or helps to me to switch off after a long or stressful day since it really doesn’t require too much thought about the actual process. It’s also great for long-haul flights, so I will finally get a chance to finish my Liv Tyler portrait this August on my 15 hour flight to Las Vegas!


Are there any plans to expand your repertoire in the future?

I don’t really know. Like I said I plan to finally finish the Liv Tyler portrait (after a year!), but other than that I don’t really know. I’m always trying to hone my skills, so I’ve been considering maybe more flora & fauna pieces or full figures as opposed to portraits…I may even tackle some runway images. You’ll just have to watch this space.