Some Character Images

Well I got the ok to paint and also to post some work-in-progress images from my publisher, Downtown Bookworks, Inc. I decided to crop some scenes from the book that I recently did the storyboards for that show a bit of this little girl’s personality– she’s the tomboyish looking girl.
I ended up doing a couple revisions for this story but I think that it should end up being something I can be proud of… I really like this little girl’s character… I was a tomboy growing up and didn’t feel really girly until I was much older– and even now I don’t think I’m super girly either.
I remember when I was younger wishing I had grown up as a boy or a cat. The cat because I knew that if I were a cat I wouldn’t have to go to school. Well, I say I was a tomboy, but I wasn’t really a “jock” either… more like a girl that dressed like a boy and read and drew a lot of comics… I think I was just a bit shy… although I haven’t really grown out of that much. For example, my now best friend, told me when she first saw me/met me thought I was scary. It’s hard to imagine when you’re the person… but it took a while for the wall of defense to come down… I think the fact that my twin and I literally stayed indoors and drew for about 16 years straight (at least whenever we could we were drawing… we’d roll up from bed, draw, and then sleep) kind of didn’t help the whole shyness factor… HAH. Although I shouldn’t paint such a negative picture of myself… :P
Well, I guess I’ll go back to work and listening to Paramore and maybe some more J-rock… (I’m seriously obsessed with Japanese J-rockers… I think it stems from being a huge The Cure fan and Robert Smith). I guess your interests in art don’t dictate the type of music you like… I used to be afraid to post anything remotely personal on these blogs until I realized that illustrators- even those that do kids books- are adults and probably like things that aren’t all G-rated…. funny, huh? So I figured why not let some of myself show?
:)

Well… I sure hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!
Cheers!

PS:Anyway, I hope you like the drawings. I can’t wait to show more– especially paintings!

About maiskemble

I am a published author/illustrator of children's books. I live and work in Long Beach, CA with my husband, comic book artist/t-shirt designer, Joshua Kemble.

8 comments

  1. I really like the prim little princess sitting at the table! That's more what I was like when I was little!

  2. Thank you victoria!I just started Following your blog, too!!BTW, my sister & I LOVE the Birthday Massacre. :)

  3. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up! And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)

  4. Really nice sketch Mai! I was a tomboy too when I was a kid, and also wished I was a boy because I had two older brothers that I wished I fit in with. I still don't feel like I fit in with them lol. :0)Oh and I listen to rock when I work on books:U2NINThe PoliceTori AmosRufus Wainwrightetc etc..

  5. p.s. I meant sketches, not 'sketch'Oh and I love "Heaven" by the Cure. One of the best songs ever.

  6. Sweet!!I love all those bands, too, Paige!!Ah, music… what would we do without other artists to help us make art???

  7. These have such a nice balance of being cute and animated without crossing into "cartoony". You have a really good grasp of the figure, Mai.

  8. Diggin' these sketches Mai and could totally relate to the post. Hooray for tomboy solidarity! Congrats on the books, everything you've shown so far is really looking great. Can't wait to see more!

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