Kat Kremser

Creative Director

Hi there! I’m Kat, the illustrator and designer behind 9 Lives Illustration.  I’m working hard to turn my experience in the design field into fun, informative tutorials for creatives looking to level up in Adobe Illustrator.

I’ve always loved all things art and technology. If it was creative, I was in! (Especially if it happened on a computer.) In 2001, while still in high school, I landed my first job in the design industry as an intern at a local ad agency.

That job started a wild ride of learning, and over the next 5 years, I got to work with amazing people on projects that encompassed graphic design, illustration, animation, web development, and even coding.

When a colleague introduced me to Adobe Illustrator, I knew I’d found the perfect tool that fit my creative style. I saw the magic and flexibility of vector art and I was hooked!

For the next decade, I took on illustration and design jobs for dozens of clients from solo entrepreneurs, to San Fransico tech start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies. I also licensed a portfolio of 100’s of digital illustrations through agencies including Getty Images, Adobe, and Shutterstock.

I even ended up working on Shutterstock’s content team, reviewing thousands of vector illustrations for artistic & technical quality and vetting images for copyright, intellectual property, and trademark issues.

While I still love working on client projects and learning any new creative technology that comes along, I consistently come back to vector illustration as my favorite art form and now I’m excited to share all of the great tips & tricks I’ve learned over the past 20 years with you!