by Keri Docktor
Just over a year ago, our Narrative class was given the assignment to make a bookplate. Having the wonderful last name of 'Dockter', it all started with a D. I liked it so much I did the entire alphabet over the course of a summer, and my “Animated Alphabet in Black & White” was born. Now, my career path is geared towards children's illustration, so I was encouraged to make a more fun-filled version of my Animated Alphabet. This time around, I picked more interesting animals and harder, more fantabulous vocabulary words; all in an effort to broaden everyone's horizons. Here's a shout-out to all my cousins, nieces, nephews, and fam who helped me get to this point.
I like to have a lot of fun with my art—throwing in lots of color, action, and lively characters. A lot of my inspiration comes from my home town, Charleston, SC. Everywhere, the colors are just so vibrant! My goal is to create something that will bring a smile to a child's face. I like creating debonaire alpacas and black, lovable yetis...both whimsical and ambiguous in nature. One of my favorite ways to get ideas is to ask a little kid what he's doing as he plays by himself. One answer: "I'm trying to get past the realm of the dark clam..."
Each of these paintings was done in acrylic and prismacolor pencil on illustrator's board. Prints available for purchase through the artist.