Paintpot Publishing was set up as the publishing vehicle for the words and pictures of artist Kim Raymond.
A dollop of history
After leaving Farnham Art School (West Surrey College of Art and Design, now called the University of the Creative Arts) Kim Raymond was employed in the art studio of the Walt Disney Company in Pall Mall, London. He had always loved the traditional style of cartoon drawing and recognised the incredible skill that was needed to draw figures with liveliness and yet with sometimes complex three-dimensional structures.
He left the Disney studio before his 23rd birthday to begin a seven year career as a comic strip artist. He started on a DC Thomson title for girls - Mandy, and by the time he left the business behind he had drawn Judge Dredd for 2000AD and illustrated a daily national newspaper strip in both the Today newspaper (Roy of the Rovers) and in The Daily Star (Checkout Girl), which ran for several years.
He returned to work on the art he still loved, and that which he still believes as being the best example of animated draughtsmanship - Disney. But he did not move back into that work exclusively. He began teaching himself watercolour painting and has had work exhibited widely and through original commissions. This developed into publishing a range of Limited Edition prints, which sold throughout the UK in the eighties, but during the nineties the time he had available to devote to watercolour was limited due to pressures of other creative work.
After studying as an external student over several years, in 2008 Kim Raymond graduated from Birkbeck College, University of London with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy.
The completion of The Dragon That Caught a Cold heralds a new phase in his life and work, bringing together his ten years' experience as a primary school Governor and a father of three.
© Kim Raymond
Kim Raymond's entry below voted 6th place in the February competion of The 11 Second Club.
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