Saturday, February 04, 2012

Darcy & Griff

In between spending time with family and enjoying the Australian Open tennis and gorgeous sunshine, I have been beavering away on my current book project. I can't really share much with you yet, except to say it is being published in the US and distributed in the US and Australia, so that is pretty exciting!

For now, here are the characters I am working with, who are not named in the text, but who I am affectionately calling Darcy and Griff.


I always like to make a colour sketch of my main characters to stick above my painting space, to remind me what they should look like! I've written down all the colours I use for the watercolours and also for the pencil details, to help maintain consistency.

With this book, I am going to be working slightly differently. I love using collage in my work, and am always experimenting with new ways to incorporate it into my paintings. This time I'm going digital for the collage process -- I'll miss not having millions of little bits of paper all over the place, but I'm excited to see what effects I can come up with... (all hail Photoshop!)

Stay tuned sports fans.....

7 comments:

Loni Edwards said...

Darcy & Griff are adorable! That is a great idea about making character studies. Especially with the colors. Thanks for the tip! Congrats on your book! :)

Marjory said...

Looks exciting, Kim. Did you teach yourself Photoshop...or do a course?

lil kim said...

Thanks Loni!

Hi Marjory! I've been using Photoshop for years -- I took a short class ages ago and then have learned at various jobs I've had along the way. It's a great tool!

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Danielle McDonald said...

These characters are too cute. I can't wait to see what you magic up with Photoshop for the book. I am still scared of Photoshop! Hope you are well x

JS Daniel said...

What a fun and cute illustration! The colors used are lovely.

Rachel Power said...

Gorgeous! And my Griffin wants to pledge his vote for "Griff" as the character's "awesome" name. ;)