Reader FX Posé

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Contents -

Alice in Won­der­land, dragons, dieselpunk, an­gels, vam­pires, teenage tur­tles, tarot cards and much more be­sides.

Lo­ca­tion: US Web: www.kir­bi­il­lus­tra­tions.com Email: kirbi.il­lus­tra­tions@gmail.com ME DIA: Pho­to­shop

Since grad­u­at­ing art school, Kirbi has fo­cused on pro­duc­ing Young Adult book cov­ers. “Many peo­ple de­scribe my work as nos­tal­gic or dream­like,” she re­veals. “By com­bin­ing tex­tures and art styles of old and new I hope to cre­ate a time­less aes­thetic.”

Her in­spi­ra­tions are con­stantly evolv­ing but she’s al­ways ad­mired 1960s lifestyle il­lus­tra­tors like Eric Earn­shaw, Jack Pot­ter and Coby Whit­more for their bold colours and shapes. “I in­sist on cre­at­ing my own tex­tures that I scan and in­te­grate into my paint­ings, which means each piece has time on a real easel. Even though my work is stylised, it’s in­formed by re­al­ity. Build­ing small dio­ra­mas and pho­tograph­ing mod­els for ref­er­ence are crit­i­cal parts of my process.”

1 Five Wands “A tarot card based on Alice in Won­der­land’s queen’s cro­quet game. The stylised, rib­bon-like hair in this im­age was inspired by the art of JC Leyen­decker.”

2 Fairy tale “This book takes place in a fairy world meets New York City. I’m cur­rently work­ing on the third book for this se­ries by Shanna Swend­son, which fea­tures the bull­dog again who I adore paint­ing!”

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