Rocking Artist: Alum Katie Kincade Marries Art, Music

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

NORTH BAY BOHEMIAN -- For the last four years, graphic artist Katie Kincade has made her mark on music in Sonoma and Marin counties as an in-demand concert-poster designer. She also produces eye-popping original album art, band logos, T-shirts, drumheads and more.

“I’ve always been doing art in one form or another,” says Kincade. Growing up in Southern California, she moved to San Francisco to study fine art at San Francisco State and moved to Petaluma in 2005. A photography major, with a minor in graphic design, Kincade says she didn’t do much with the degree until a friend in rock band the Grain asked her to make a logo for them.

She did, and then she made a concert poster for them, then another and another. Word of mouth spread quickly, and now Kincade works full-time as a graphic artist, working almost strictly with local bands and festivals.

Each piece of art is tailor-made. “I often start by considering the type of music the band is, what their music describes,” Kincade says. “Or I just come up with something and roll with it.”