Kel­ley McMor­ris

Lo­ca­tion: US Web: km­c­mor­ris.com Em ail: kel­ley.mcmor­ris@gmail.com ME­DIA: Pho­to­shop

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Issue 137 August 2016 -

Kel­ley is a book il­lus­tra­tor work­ing out of Port­land, Ore­gon. Hav­ing lived in Ja­pan, New Zealand and Aus­tralia, she says that, “I en­joy meet­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and learn­ing about var­i­ous cultures around the world.”

Kel­ley’s art is in­spired by the many mytholo­gies and cos­tumes of the world, as well as the lush scenery of her home, the Pa­cific North­west. She re­cently il­lus­trated the cov­ers for a fan­tasy YA se­ries from Dis­ney-Hype­r­ion called The Sec­ond Guard. She also il­lus­trates the Ranger in Time se­ries for Scholastic, and par­tic­i­pated in the fanzines Ladies of Lit­er­a­ture and 1001 Knights.

1 moon knight and sun knight

“These two pieces were cre­ated for the zine 1001 Knights. I dreamed up two or­ders of knights whose tra­di­tions, val­ues and out­fits are in­spired by the moon and the sun.”

2 To­moe Gozen

“To­moe was a fe­male sa­mu­rai who lived in the 12th cen­tury. This illustration was my own take on a Hiroshige print of To­moe on a rear­ing horse. The bat­tle was my own ad­di­tion. Only af­ter fin­ish­ing the draw­ing did it oc­cur to me that a sa­mu­rai wouldn’t be fight­ing a bat­tle in the snow in a beau­ti­ful ki­mono, so I like to think that she was at­tacked dur­ing a din­ner party, and only had time to grab her sword be­fore jump­ing on her horse.”

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