Thinking Pink

Victoria Kann is an award winning author and illustrator of the recently popular children’s book, Pinkalicious. She has also written the books Goldilicious and Purplicious as well as Pinkalicious The Musical.

Victoria usually likes to work on her story first, and then her illustrations are added later.  Other times, it is the reverse, and the story is inspired by the drawings.

She’s inspired by everyday items in her life, including items that lie around the house.  She used wallpaper, pictures, fabric, or anything else that comes to mind.  Other times she’s scavenging around the streets of New York, looking for items to place into her collage collection.  Her artwork, which includes collages, mixed media, and computer illustrations, have been featured and even commissioned for greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, book covers, and the internet.  Victoria is considered a master of collage work, and actually teaches Collage Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Victoria’s style has changed over the years.  She started out as an editorial illustrator and produced artwork for magazine covers like BusinessWeek, Harper’s Magazine, and Newsweek, and often only had a few hours to come up with a concept, design, and finish.  When she had children, she started to think more about illustrating children’s books.

I find Victoria very inspiring.  Although it may seem like a simple task to create designs and collages from objects lying around your house, it is rewarding and stirs the creativity within you.  Who knows what story or illustration lies within you, waiting to be exposed to the world?