Kate Pugsley, a surface pattern designer and illustrator from Chicago, shares her colorful art with the world through her Instagram profile, where she currently has over 213k followers. Pugsley studied at RISD and graduated with a BFA in illustration. Her client portfolio includes names like Flow Magazine, The New York Times and Tiffany & Co.
She remembers that she wanted to do art for a living ever since she was a kid. “My understanding of adult life and work was really limited, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else as a career,” she told Freelance Wisdom. “Although I studied illustration at RISD, my early work after school was closer to fine art; I mostly worked with oil paint and presented work in some gallery shows. I had a few different day jobs while painting nights and weekends. I finally decided a few years after college that illustration was what I really wanted to do, so I made it happen.”
Sounds a lot simpler than it actually is! Don’t miss checking out her work below.