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Kimberly Larmond

Kimber has been drawing and illustrating since her first box of crayons. She has always been an Artist even from a young age, with slight variations: A Painter, a Cartoonist, an Animator, a Sculptor, a Graphic Designer and an Illustrator.

After graduating from a secondary school specializing in the arts, she graduated from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, in Graphic Design. Her most recent position being a Designer with a progressive studio in Guelph, Ontario. At night, she freelances with commissioned illustrations of varied subjects.

“My name is Kimberly Larmond, a graphic designer and illustrator. I have been mulling around the idea of creating animated shorts. However, I have been a bit reluctant to undertake this task in After Effects, as it seems monumental. I stumbled across CrazyTalk Animator 3, and I was flabbergasted!” –  Kimberly Larmond

Q: Hello Kimberly, and welcome to our Reallusion Feature Stories. Please share a bit about yourself and your background. 

Thank you kindly for interviewing me  please, my friends call me Kimber.

I’m originally from Hamilton, Ontario (Go Ti-Cats!) I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to draw. I always knew from a young age that I wanted to be an artist. I was lucky to attend a high school that specialized in the arts, where I earned credit in subjects like photography, drawing and painting, commercial and consumer design as well as arts and crafts. Later, I went to college to study Graphic Design and went on to start my career.

I’ve been a professional Graphic Designer & Illustrator since 1994, and at most times held a full-time job while freelancing on my own time. I really enjoy making things, and I enjoy what I do. I also really like cheeseburgers with onions, motorcycles, bull terriers and the colour blue.

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Q: Your artwork is fantastic. You’ve created everything from caricatures of coworkers, to stylized motorbikes, to very short film animations, and even published artwork in magazines. Where do you get your inspiration? 

Thank you. At my job, I usually have firm instructions as to what I need to create, but I do try to stamp my own fingerprint on it. When it comes to my personal projects and freelance work, I’m inspired by pretty much whatever strikes my fancy. I might have heard a joke, or a particular song or piece of music that might set me off and get me scribbling.

Ordinary, everyday objects might get me thinking of ideas  like one time I turned a mailbox at night into a gargoyle, and a crumpled sock into a rabbit king. My pets inspire me with their antics. I am also inspired by Science Fiction, Horror and Dark Fantasy.

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Q: In your work you use tools like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Corel Painter. When you create an artwork, what is your main process when using these tools? 

I’ve never really thought about the process, as it’s really just the way I get things done. If I were to walk you through it, it might go something like this: Every project, illustration or design starts as an idea, then I try to squeeze that idea out of my head through the end of a pencil. Yup, I’m old-school, and I love to scribble on paper. My plethora of notebooks and sketchbooks can attest to that. Once I have something I like, I then choose the software I’m going to use.

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Lately, most of my work has been done in Illustrator, with some postwork in Photoshop. I’ll scan, or take a photo of my sketch(es) and use them as a template to start drawing in Illustrator. I’m a little chaotic when I create, and I’m not afraid of using many, many layers to achieve the looks I want.

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I love working digitally, because if I’m not sure if I like something or want to explore a new direction, it’s easy to Save As a new filename, and try out something different.

Anyway, once my work is complete  and here’s where I have a hard time: I am my harshest critic, and it’s difficult for me to say, you know what this is done.” Once I’ve completed the work in Illustrator, then it’s off to Photoshop for some post-work. I might unify everything with a gradient map, or add some texture overlays, make some layer adjustments, again it’s really subject to how I’m feeling at that moment. Even though my work is mainly digital, there’s still a real organic and spontaneous method to the way I work. It’s not really carved in stone.

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Q: You contacted us at Reallusion a while ago, telling us how you were blown away by CrazyTalk Animator. Tell us how you discovered CrazyTalk? What made you fall in love with it? And what is your advice for other graphic designers? 

I’ve been wanting to animate for quite some time now. I’ve used Flash and Adobe After Effects, but neither software made animation easy. So, I asked Google, and Google pointed me to CrazyTalk Animator(CTA).

What DIDN’T make me fall in love with it? I started by watching all the videos at the Reallusion CrazyTalk Animator website, then I moved on to YouTube in search of more videos. Everything I saw just revved me up more and more. I knew I must learn this software, because with it, I would have the tools to bring all the storyboards in my sketchbook to life! I was amazed by the simplicity of use and gentle learning curve, as well as the power of the tools. I knew I must jump in with the Pipeline version because the ease of setting up characters in Photoshop and bringing them into CTA, was definitely the thing for me… I know Photoshop!

Then, shortly after I started using CTA, it was announced that the CrazyTalk Animator 3.2 Pipeline was being launched with the capability of returning characters to Photoshop once they have been moved or posed in CTA. Like I said: What’s NOT to love?

Advice to other designers…  go for it!  If you ever wanted to go from still image to moving picture, give CrazyTalk Animator a try! Watch the videos, get inspired. If I can do it, so can you!

 

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Q: After your first CrazyTalk Animation. What else can the animation community look forward to from Kimberly Larmond? 

Well, I am in the process of bringing some animated shorts to life that feature my dog and cat. I know it sounds a little cliché, but Willow and Midas(#willowandmidas) are quite the characters, and I think their stories will amuse people.

There are also a couple songs that I’d love to create animated videos for  just because I think they’d be fun… basically, they’re the stories that I see in my head when I listen to those songs.

Currently, my YouTube channel is pretty barren at the moment, but now that I have the tools, I hope to start filling it up with animations very, very soon. I have SO MANY ideas, it’s very difficult to decide where to start, but I can tell you this: once it starts it’s going to be like unleashing an animation monster! 😉

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To see more of Kimber’s work, visit >>

Website: http://kimberart.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimber.art/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockstarDesigner/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu5o9kLGonNcG19oPKf8lJg

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