Kathleen Kemly: What Illustrator’s Can Teach Writers

Here is another amazing video produced by Dana Sullivan,  Assistant Regional Advisor of the Western Washington region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This one features Kathleem Kemly and her work on the picture book Molly by Golly.  

As with Paul Schmid, I was fascinated by how she combines computer capabilities and traditional illustration techniques.  Don’t skip the video thinking that they combine them in the same way because their approach is completely different although both of them talk about creating spontaneous, lively drawings.

If you are a picture book writer, this is an especially good video to watch because Kemly shows how she storyboards and dummies.  She also discusses the flow of a manuscript in terms of illustrations as well as various design elements.

I think my favorite part was watching her layer in color, adding it, wiping it off, painting blue then yellow then red. Amazing!

If you write picture books, take a look and see how the “other half” of the picture book team works.

–SueBE

One thought on “Kathleen Kemly: What Illustrator’s Can Teach Writers

  1. If you are a picture book writer, this is an especially good video to watch because Kemly shows how she storyboards and dummies. She also discusses the flow of a manuscript in terms of illustrations as well as various design elements.

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