From Holly Bluff to Hollywood

By JAMIE PATTERSON,
From Holly Bluff to Hollywood, artist Kathryn Hudson is one to keep an eye out for in the future. 
Her beautiful illustrations and unique style have caught the attention of some major production companies, and she recently headed across the country for her next move. And there is no telling where her natural talent will take her next as she continues to share her craft. 
“I get to do what I love, what I've dreamed about since I was a little kid,” Hudson said. “Not many people are lucky enough to say that.”
Hudson, a native of Holly Bluff and daughter of Jimmy and Angela Hudson, could always be found inside her family home drawing a sketch or working on an art piece. It was as if she was born to do it. 
“I always liked to draw, but when I was 12 years old, I knew I wanted to be an artist for real,” Hudson said. “I loved redrawing scenes from Disney movies.”
Through her school years, Hudson continued to stick with drawing. And it paid off with her being accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA from one of the top art universities in the country. 
Doors began to open for the young artist. And it wasn’t long before she relocated to Atlanta, where accepted a job as a character designer and illustrator on the FX show Archer. 
“I also would do art for pitches, shows that were in the early stages of development,” Hudson added. 
A major accomplishment for Hudson was her design work for Dreamworks’ Trolls. 
Recently, Hudson accepted a job with Warner Brothers, where she will begin working on a new show of DC comic characters. 
“They said there could possibly be a movie deal in the future, and I would love to work on that,” Hudson said. 
Hudson said her journey has been possible with a great, supportive family and good friends. 
“Also, hard work pays off,” she said. 
Hudson knows there will be obstacles and challenges in her profession, which she said can be a very fickle industry. 
“Shows can end suddenly,” Hudson said. “It’s always good to network and meet new people on new projects. Having a valuable and flexible skill set helps as well.”
But Hudson also uses her desire to learn and expand her talent as motivation. 
“There is always something new to learn and no matter how good you get, there is always room for improvement,” she said. “It's not something you can ever perfect, and I like it that way.”
Hudson encourages other young artists to practice, daily, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
“Keep a sketchbook,” she adds. “Always draw from life. Drawing from pictures and out of your head is fun, but you will improve so much farther and faster drawing from life. And always reach out to older more experienced artists. They can offer great advice.”