MacKenzie Baker

Featured Artist

Mackenzie Baker is an illustrator and designer based in Atlanta, GA. After receiving her BFA in Illustration with a minor in Drawing from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), she is building a freelance career by taking on illustration work primarily in the editorial, advertising, poster design and book publishing markets. Her work is heavily influenced by American counterculture of the past and present with a nod to retro aesthetic, which she refers to as “new retro.” Mackenzie is a self-proclaimed pizza lover, plant enthusiast, and canine devotee


Favourite career highlight so far?

I’ve just graduated recently, so I don’t have many to pick from yet- but my favourite career highlight so far is having had the opportunity to intern and work at Adult Swim.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on freelance projects here and there as well as working on personal pieces. I’m taking the time to build and adapt my portfolio to include less school projects and more pieces that I feel better represent myself and my art.

How’d you get started as an artist?

I’ve been drawing for fun my whole life, but I started to take it seriously in high school and went on to study illustration at SCAD. I suppose it was a very natural progression.

Who or what influences your art?

I am influenced most by comics and graphic novels (retro as well as contemporary),  indie and cult films, American counterculture, late 90’s/early 2000’s punk and emo (music as well as general style), and of course the lovely, weird and ever-growing internet. My favorite illustrators are Tomer Hanuka, Becky Cloonan, and Andrew Fairclough (Kindred Studio.)

What is your creative process like?

When I have thoughts or ideas that I think will make good illustrations, I start with writing down every aspect of that idea: a description, potential colours, mood, audience, parameters of the assignment, (if it isn’t a personal project) and word associations. Then I start doodling and fleshing out composition, gather references, nail down a tight pencil sketch, ink over that pencil drawing, scan it in and then colour digitally in Photoshop.

How do you feel our Art+Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?

I think your initiative is obviously a great way to gain exposure, bring like-minded people together, and to reach viewers through a fun and different experience- it’s always great to be a part of a collection that exists outside of a gallery. Plus, who doesn’t love aesthetically pleasing beer?







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