Louise Kim (a.k.a., Lou Beady) is a Canadian visual artist and illustrator based in NYC. As an illustrator, she specializes in fashion (heavier on menswear) and related editorial illustrations.
Her personal project FOXY focuses on reflecting the skater culture and street wear fashion through drawings and paintings featuring anthropomorphized fox and raccoon characters. Her interest in fashion grew exponentially since she moved to NYC from Toronto eleven years ago. However, she’s not educated in fashion. Her educational background lies in fine art. She has a Masters degree in Fine Arts (Drawing & Painting, Photography 2012) from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art (2009) from Marymount Manhattan College, NY.
The media she uses are color pencils, gouache, oil, and watercolor paints. She employs the traditional way of picture making and uses very little of current digital technology.Her main inspiration comes from painters from two different eras: prominent impressionist painters such as Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Édouard Manet, as well as established contemporary painters such as Philip Guston, Cy Twombly, and Yoshitomo Nara. But the biggest illustrative work inspiration comes from Tintin, a comic book series of a young Belgian reporter created by Hergé. By drawing on light humor and sarcasm, she enjoys to explore and report - like Tintin does - on the current scenes and issues of fashion with her urban animal characters. In the next decade, she aims to see her foxes and raccoons collaborate with major street fashion brands such as Supreme New York and Adidas Originals, while planning to publish a few picture books.