About

I'm KEEGAN, a digital artist from London.

Origin

I grew up playing SNES and PC games. Hacking any system I could get my hands on. Overclocking CPUs 'til they smoked. Lurking comic shops. Digging the crates for niche American comics and imported Japanese manga. Sharing fan-subs on IRC and BitTorrent. Meticulously copying drawings of my favourite characters and beginning to experiment with Photoshop. Creating my first digital work.

Then, in the mid-2000s, I discovered hip-hop and began a graffiti adventure that took over my life for the next decade. By 2009, I had launched The London Vandal - an underground online journal where I shared my observations of the scene. I was blessed to link up with local and international graff stars to create digital content and deliver drops that resonated with a few rare collectors in the community.

In 2015, six years after launching the zine, I stepped away from my gonzo journalism. The Internet was changing and so was the graff scene. I powered down The London Vandal's server, taking the archive offline. Then, during the Great Hard Drive Crash of 2016, most of the backup was lost for good. 

But graffiti and street-art had introduced me to a diverse world of talented artists and I vowed to one day join their ranks.

Practice

Being a full-on Internet addict means always absorbing new information and reference materials from a wide range of new and exciting sources.

My long time love of manga comics has obviously informed my style and my love of hip-hop has influenced the stories told in my work.

Mostly working digitally, particularly with vector graphics. More specifically, I use a Windows 10 PC, a graphics tablet and Sketchbook Pro for sketching - or Adobe Illustrator for "painting" final works with vectors.

Soaking up a range of art forms but particularly heavily on nerd and hip-hop culture and the sci-fi/cyberpunk genre I know best.

I try to experiment with different mediums and still sometimes step outside to paint a wall.

Chat

I share new work and meet kool people at pop-ups, and on Instagram. DM me.
I post videos on YouTube and livestream on Twitch.
You're welcome to come hang on my Discord server.
I (poorly) maintain a couple of playlists on Spotify.
Otherwise, email keegan@bykeegan.com or contact me here.

 

Keegan at Sneakerness