Gabby Keiran is a frequent daydreamer, who has always been the type of person to imagine herself in the positions of her favourite characters, travelling across fantastical lands, learning new skills, and accessing powers that she somehow always had hidden deep inside. Now, as a storyteller and artist, a lot of her time is spent trying to wrangle her hands into cooperating with the images her brain has been molding. For Gabby, character design has been a venue for these stories to take flight and come to life. Since she started drawing heads by tracing a pencil sharpener when she was 9 years old, Gabby has never seen the characters she creates as mere 2D images. She has always imagined their personalities and backgrounds, and sometimes their worlds become as real as our own. For Gabby, this is the struggle of every artist, to let people access these worlds and lose themselves in the fantasy we see so clearly. This is where she hopes her journey through art will take her, to a place where she’s able to invite viewers to see themselves and their struggles in the images of the characters she creates. Gabby hopes that through each story, she is able to resolve conflicts that viewers and participants may have been struggling with in their own lives as well.
Gabby Keiran is a Calgarian character designer and concept artist working in the genre of video game design and illustration. As a graduate from the University of Alberta’s class of 2021, she looks to a future in the games and entertainment industry in Canada.
Title: There Is No Direct Link Anymore
Medium: Silkscreen on Digital Painting
Size (hxw): 17″x11”