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Name: Amy McCullough | Birthdate: 12/02/1998 | Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Hi there! I'm Amy McCullough, also known by my pseudonym CosmosKitty, and I'm a self-taught freelance illustrator from Northern Ireland. My work is centered around outer space, the natural world, and everything in-between✨

I knew I wanted to be an artist from the age of 13, and I would work on my drawing skills every day after school until late at night. It was during those nights in the countryside, where I could see the Milky Way in the sky with the naked eye, that I became fascinated with outer space. Likewise, living near lots of areas of natural beauty in Ireland also grew my appreciation for our earth and the environment, and these all influenced my work more and more over time. I've since moved to the city of Belfast, where I work from my home studio full time as an illustrator.

I use both digital and traditional mediums to create my work, and over time I've particularly grown fond of digital painting. I love to mix elements of science and art together to observe the universe around us, what things are made of, how they work, and then use that knowledge to create artworks that are fantastical yet based in realism. My work is also tied to the Solarpunk movement, and I aim to create artworks that evoke a sense of optimism for the future we could build, and appreciation of the beautiful planet we live on 🌱

I hope you enjoy my art, and maybe even find some solace in it 


Artist inspirations:
Hikari Shimoda, Tim Barton, Heikala, Lois van Baarle, Peter Mohrbacher, Rob Rey, Qing Han
Musical influences:
Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Florence + the Machine, Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs, Gesaffelstein, Kloud 
Favourite things to draw:
Stars, skylines, astronauts, gemstones, plants, cats, robots, and humans ♡

Favourite plants:
Adiantum (Maidenhair Fern), Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant), Digitalis (Foxgloves)


Digital hardware:
Wacom Cintiq Companion, Apple iPad (6th gen) with Apple Pencil, Nikon Coolpix L840
Digital software:
Autodesk Sketchbook for Windows, Procreate for iOS 
More info on my process can be found in my FAQ
Inks and markers:
Copic Ciao Markers, Copic SP Multiliner Pens, Unipin Fineliners, Pilot Drafting Pen Ink
Dr. Ph. Martins Radiant Watercolours, Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours, Liquitex Acrylic Ink, ProArte Paintbrushes, "The Masters" Paintbrush Soap
Winsor & Newton 300gsm Watercolour Pad, Strathmore 190gsm Smooth Surface Marker Paper, Paint On Multi-Techniques 250gsm Paper Pad, Bristol Board 250gsm Smooth Drawing Pad, Canson 180° 96gsm Sketchbook
Frisk Masking Fluid Fineliner, Gelly Roll Pens, Faber Castell Polychromos Colouring Pencils, Derwent Precision 0.7 Mechcanical Pencil, Faber Castell T9400 Clutch Pencil


Events, Conventions and Exhibits:

True Colours Exhibit, Ulster Museum (2016)
MCM Belfast, Eikon Centre (2017, 2018)
Comic Con Northern Ireland, Eikon Centre (2022, 2023,2024)
Dublin Comic Con, The Convention Centre (2023)
Megacon Dublin, RDS Centre (2023, 2024)
Megacon Birmingham, NEC (2023)
Dublin Comic Arts Festival, Richmond Barracks (2023, 2024)
MCM London, ExCeL Centre (2023)
Q Con Belfast, Queens University (2023, 2024)
Showmaster's London Comic Con, Olympia London (2024)
Magazines and Publications:

NEO Magazine, Issue 133 - Best in Western Talent
Imagine FX Magazine, Issue 159 - Artist Exposé
Invisible Illness Anthology: Anxiety - Page 59

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