Deanna Kei

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Fashion illustrator and live event artist Deanna Kei, in brief.

Deanna Kei
Sketching at a Bergdorf Goodman event

Birthplace: New York, NY.  Profession: Fashion illustrator and designer, live event artist.  Alma mater: Fashion Institute of Technology.

Latest accomplishment: United and curated a global group of women artists to create the art book The Female Artist Collective.  Hobbies: Being creative and staying active.  Last book read: Finding You in a World of It, by Rick Barrett.

How do you define a perfect friendship? Shared laughter and infinite trust.  What is your greatest joy? Creating illustrations for others.  How do you relieve stress? By painting.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Good company.

What book have you repeatedly read? The Harry Potter series.  What’s featured prominently on your office wall? An illustration I created to match  the mood that I wanted for my brand when I was just getting started.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Do what makes you happy.  You can always find a way.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Digital drawing programs.  The colors are unlimited!  What is your favorite app? Instagram.

What is your big idea? It’s a secret for now.  What message do you want to send out into the world? There’s an art to everything in life.  

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An artist... so, that worked out pretty nicely.  What advice would you give your younger self? Keep playing the long game!  It's all going to come together.  If you could choose to live anywhere in the world, where would you choose? I’d  stay in New York.  I love it here!

Personal mission: To make people smile through my illustrations.  Personal motto: You can learn something from everything.

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