child jumping into mom's arms
I think there are several ingredients necessary to create a children's book illustration that can touch the heart, teach, and communicate what the author wants to express.
The best illustrations are those that get a hold of my heart and imagination. A good use of color, design and and well-rendered characters are part of the recipe for a great book. But not just that, it needs life in the illustrations - expression, whimsy and delightful surprises.
My picture book illustration is bright, colorful, and full of expression!
I used to work as a cartoon portrait artist and have rendered hundreds of children's faces - I think this has strengthened my ability to show children's expressions in my work.
I enjoy using color to set mood in my books. I work in watercolor, pastels and pen and ink mediums.
I enjoy working with self-publishing authors and would be happy to talk with you about your project!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding illustration, a sample character sketch or price estimates.
References are available upon request, or read what some of my happy customers have to say below!
Learn more about Kim and see more of her work at Picture Kitchen Studio
Artists, new to the business? Kim wrote an article specifically for new illustrators