Book Creation Tech – Use Of Apple Devices

“Thank you for coming to present to our store team on Sunday. They loved hearing about your passion and what has inspired you to create a brilliant piece of work.”

Apple Store Manager

It was wonderful to visit the Apple Store in Sheffield and share the story of my book Ski A to Z and explain how my Apple devices were used at all the different stages of the process from writing the text, to processing the artworks, through to laying out the book pages.

What I call ‘my Orchard’, aka my Apple devices, are the key tools in my creative process, along with my paint products, brushes, pens and pencils. After purchasing each own the devices I have taken classes inshore on how to get the best from the technology, firstly through Apple’s ‘One to One’ training sessions and more recently through ‘Today At Apple’

After popping to the Apple Store at Meadowhall to show my book Ski A to Z I was asked to return to the store to share with the team how I used my iPhone, iPad, Apple Pencil, MacBook and Mac to create the work.

So on Sunday I took Ski A to Z, my iPad and delivered a bespoke presentation to the 24 team members.

It was great to be able to thank the team for their support with the purchase and set up of my devices and to show how the skills learned through the many hours of instore training sessions had been applied.

Plus it was awesome to see my work on a 65 inch screen!

The store manager said, “Thank you for coming to present to our store team on Sunday. They loved hearing about your passion and what has inspired you to create a brilliant piece of work.”

“The buzz and conversation it has generated with our team has been excellent. The questions that the team were asking as a result of your presentation were great to hear and you engaged brilliantly. Personally I really appreciated the time you spent with our new Creatives and Creative Pro’s, they learnt a lot about the power of our customer journey and what Today at Apple can do.”

Thanks again to all at The Apple Store for the support, enthusiasm and inspiring energy.

As it wasn’t possible to take pictures in the Apple Store staff area, Ive created this fun skiing apple illustration.

I was due to start managing the PR for Meadowhall the week after I blew my knee (in 2015). It was to be my Sheffield ‘dream job’ come true. More info about this fabulous shopping and entertainment centre is here https://www.meadowhall.co.uk

I advocate lifelong learning, for wellbeing and staying enthusiastic about life. Here are some of my favourite learning platforms.

Today at Apple

Skillshare

Make Art That Sells

and for motivation my favourite podcast is Creative Pep Talk. I highly recommend each of the above.

For more information and to order Ski A to Z click here.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK).

Thanks so much for being here. If you already have a copy of Ski A to Z please take a minute to write a review where you bought it or on Google Books. it is lovely to hear people feedback on the work, and it helps more people to discover the book.

Best wishes

Kim x

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Blue Print Online 2022

I am looking forward to exhibiting with Blue Print for the first time at the next Blue Print Online event August 16th – 18th 2022.

Blue Print is a Surface Design and Print Show. The event has found an online format for recent years, for reasons we all know too well.

I will be revealing some brand new work in my exhibition.

Promotional flyer for my presence at Blue Print

Art Directors and Buyers, you can book appointments from 9th – 12th August . In the meantime see more of my work here on my website, and on my social media.

See the story about my latest designs here https://bit.ly/Skifabrics

Fabrics printed with my fun snowsports inspired designs

See 20 of my designs at my Spoonflower shop – they are available for print on demand on wallpaper and a huge choice of fabrics https://bit.ly/3JRwG9R

Thank you to the Blue Print team for the opportunity. Here’s to a great event.

More information about Blue Print is at https://blue-print-online.com

I’ll post my exhibitor link as soon as it is available. Watch this space.

Thanks so much for being here, it means everything.

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Have a great day.

Kim

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Fabric and Wallpaper Design story on Snow Industry News

Thanks to Snow Industry News for this article about my range of fabric and wallpaper designs.

https://www.snowindustrynews.com/articles/author-and-illustrator-takes-skiing-home-with-18-new-ski-fabrics-and-wallpapers

See the range here

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Donut Decorating Illustrations.

⚠️Warning, you may experience a sugar rush whilst ‘consuming’ this article.

As a private project for ongoing skills development I took the challenge of illustrating an excerpt from a new children’s book by author Zoe Tucker. An assignment from Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells Bootcamp.

This first piece was a warm up exercise. It was fun to paint these sweet treats and illustrate their characters and interrelationships.

The theme if the story excerpt was about a donut, named Coco Moloko, being decorated.

I sketched out the action of the narrative (above), whilst Coco Moloko (below) pondered what look to go for.

It was therapy to work in the assignment as I was feeling helpless at the unfathomable unfolding situation in Ukraine.

Below is my final double page spread for the assignment. I enjoyed deciding which aspects of the text to illustrate, and to bring the character to life. And adding lustre to any illustration is fun.

Text copyright Zoe Tucker – contact Zoe if interested in publishing. http://www.zoetucker.co.uk

I created the elements of the illustration in watercolours and then worked with these digitally.

The second aspect of the assignment, this part set by Riley Wilkinson, was to take the donut character forward, and design a toy concept. If you like your donuts warm you’ll probably enjoy this comforting microwaveable plush design.

I feel that the assignment moved my work forwards, which was my objective, so I’m pleased with the outcome.

Wishing everyone a Happy Pancake Day.

See more of my editorial illustration work at here – Ski A to Z book.

Ski A to Z – Illustrated Introduction To Skiing published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK)

You read to the end! Thanks for your support.

Kim x

Ski Buddies Memory Game

I mocked up this ski themed matching pairs game concept prompted by the Make Art That Sells Brief from Lilla Rogers and Riley Wilkinson.

This memory match game would be ideal for a snowed in afternoon, time relaxing in the chalet, or time at home dreaming about the next ski trip.

The concept uses illustrations painted in watercolours for the Ski A to Z book, composed into the game concept in Procreate app.

Here’s a time-lapse video of the mock- up process.

It feels great to complete this assignment, I had to put the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp brief to one side whilst completing the writing and illustrations for Ski A to Z.

These and 90 other illustrations bring the information and advice of the Ski A to Z book to life. Information and links to buy the book can be found here. The book is being published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK)

Ski A to Z Book by Kimberley Kay - placed on snow.

The illustrations and game concept are available for licensing at the time of posting.

This game is just a concept at present, however you can find the Après-ski boot illustration as playing cards and a jigsaw puzzle at my Zazzle shop.

Thank you so much for being here. Enjoy your day.

Kim