PL: So the internet was a better teacher for you than college was?
KN: Yes, I basically taught myself to draw realistically, almost like a black-and-white photograph, with a pencil.
PL: Did you teach yourself to use other mediums, too?
KN: Yes, I soon got tired of my work being monochromatic. After doing something over and over I want to do something new. I wanted a new challenge, so I started adding color. I learned how to use acrylic and oil paints, and—more recently—I started trying out pastels.
PL: How did you start using charcoal?
KN: It was just an extension of using the pencil. I first used charcoal to draw human hair and then to do whole bodies. I discovered that I could create different effects with different types of charcoal. The way that you apply pastel is not that different. I’m attracted to the roughness of these mark-making materials.