Based in south Wales Kat Nicholson has worked as a freelance artist in the UK's comic and animation industries since 2005. She has enjoyed working on a number of great titles, including Transformers Animated, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Marvellous Misadventures of Flapjack, Dreamwork's Tales, Moshi Monsters, Gogos Crazy bones, Thundercats, Scoobydoo and many more!
Kat gained a First Class Honours degree in traditional 2D animation at the Glamorgan Centre for Art and Design Technology, the disciplines of which continue to strongly influence her illustrations. She is passionate about story-telling and character and, whether working in comics, illustration, storyboarding or other mediums, these themes always drive her work. Kat’s love of drawing stems from early childhood when she drew on any available surface including her mother’s newly decorated walls. Her ambition to be an artist has never wavered because in her eyes she has always been one.
She met comic artist Jason Cardy, while she was working as an animator soon after her graduation, and they soon collaborated on numerous colouring projects expanding their style and techniques. In 2011 Classical Comics published Kat and Jason’s first fully illustrated graphic novel “A Midsummer Night's Dream". Kat designed and drew all the character work for this 120 page book, a very ambitious first published drawn project!
Kat is an ardent animal enthusiast. Animals were her primary drawing subject for years and persist as her favourite subjects today. She currently shares her home with a cantankerous house-rabbit called Georgina, who has an insatiable appetite for consuming artwork (literally). Kat is also enthusiastic about environmental issues and believes in the power of doing what we can to make the world a better place. She has helped Andrew Wildman with his charity "Draw the World Together" and is actively involved with her local "Friends of the Earth" group. An avid video gamer, she admits that while it doesn't make the world a better place, it sure is fun.
A Freelance life-style suits Kat, as not only does she relish the opportunity to experiment with different styles and techniques in her work, collaborate with other creators in exciting and diverse projects, but she also appreciates the freedom to work wearing a Stitch onesie to keep out the cold!