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