Character Designer & Illustrator
Cultural Artists Spotlight: August 7 – August 20, 2019
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I am a character designer! At the beginning of a feature film or TV production, I take the show’s vision for a character and create a series of drawings that embody what I think that character might look like, based on their personality. Eventually, I create a final design for that character, which is what audiences end up seeing in film/on TV. I am also an illustrator, having worked on kids books and for entertainment companies.
How did you first become interested in art?
When I was a little kid, I loved to sit in front of my TV while watching Disney movies, and draw the characters from those movies (I usually drew the princesses; I loved making new outfits for them!). At one point, I realized that someone had to draw those characters for a job, and I thought that would just be the coolest thing in the world!
How can art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?
My true belief is that art connects people (whether it be painting, food, ceramics, etc.!). When I make a piece and someone is able to connect with that character’s story or message, I find that so powerful! Art events are such a wonderful way to connect with others who find art powerful, and to meet with and support artists so they can continue to spread that connection. Street markets are a wonderful way to become engaged with art in Burbank, as well as local galleries and art meetups.
If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Art is for everyone! Whether you want to do it professionally or to relax, there are so many resources and fun exercises online and in books. If you’re interested in any type of art form, just go for it and have fun!
To find out more about Kimberly’s work, visit http://kimgreenough.com/