Kimberley Scott graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Graphic Illustration from Manchester Metropolitan University. A freelance illustrator, her projects include greeting cards, puzzles, and calligraphy, as well as children’s books. She starts her artwork by hand, using a mix of pencil, pen, and ink, and then moves to her computer to bring her characters to life with color. She lives in England.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Oh so many I’m not sure I can choose just one! I loved all the Janet & Allan Ahlberg books, especially ‘Bye, Bye, Baby’ and ‘The Jolly Postman’. I loved the illustrations & humour in ‘A Frogs Holiday’ by Margaret Gordon, and the fabulous detail in the ‘What A Mess’ books by Frank Muir & Joseph Wright. Oh and of course all the Roahl Dahl & Quentin Blake books I loved and still very much do now. I also recall reading ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson over and over and over again!
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
It’so hard to choose just three as there are so many whom I love. But I’m going to go with just two, my very very top two…Quentin Blake and Ronald Searle.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I can’t remember ever not wanting to draw. From a really young age I used to sit for hours copying the illustrations in books and then it progressed on to drawing my Sylvanian Familes and my pets and then everyone and everything else. As soon as I could write I started creating my own little stories and books – these were usually based around mice!
I particularly love drawing children’s books now as it allows me to go back to my childhood and think how a younger person thinks. I love the way you can be as magical as you want, and I always try to remember the bits that I loved about looking at a picture book. For me it was the little details.