Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 28, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Kim (Jolly) Richards

Ronnie started the Herman Agency in 1999 and represents many of the leading illustrators and author/illustrators in today’s children’s book market. As a former Art Director at Random House and Art Director, Associate Publisher and V.P. at Penguin Books’ Grosset & Dunlap, Ronnie art directed thousands of children’s books during her more than 20 years in working for major publishing hosues. Ronnie is also the author of 12 children’s books and one of her books has been on the NY Times best-seller list. Ronnie and the Agency are affiliated with the following organizations: SCBWI, Authors’ Guild, Graphic Artists’ Guild, U.S. Association of Accredited Business.


Here is Ronnie discussing

This is the last Sunday for me to review artists works. It has been great fun and I have truly enjoyed seeing so much excellent work.

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Kim (Jolly) Richards​ work​ has been inspired by her three children. In this piece, 3 boys and their dad, or are they spending the day with a fisherman on his boat, it seems they have spied a mermaid sleeping on a bed of seaweed. They sure look agog, including the peeking seagull, and who wouldn’t be to discover a lovely purple mermaid on shore? I wonder what they will do with her and where the story will take us. Nice digital art with vibrant colors.


In this next piece, perhaps they have let the mermaid go, and we see her riding away on her trusted seahorse–oh, and look, there are 3 other mermaids in the distance have a wonderful time swimming. This certainly does make the life of a mermaid look like great, magical fun. Once again, lovely strong colors and excellent digital art.

The art in these two pieces have a commercial flair to them and the style would be perfect for a movie adaptation book. Nice work, Kim, and keep illustrating. Actually, all the talented artists’ works that I have seen this past month make me hope that everyone will continue to do what they love and what they are so good at. I have truly enjoyed reviewing the wonderful illustrations Kathy shared with me. I wish all of you tremendous success in all of your endeavors.

Cheers to everyone and especially to Kathy, for her wonderful blog and all of her hard, exellent work ~Ronnie

 Kim (Jolly) Richards lives in Stafford, VA and have been illustrating and painting all my life…self-taught. I wish I did have the opportunity to study art in school. So, instead, I have learned from books, observations, videos, etc.  Still learning and practicing of course. Smiling face with smiling eyes She is a single mom of three wonderful kids – 6, 8, and 15. A lot of my ideas come from them…the things they do, how they look and play together…as well as from my own childhood. My now 8 year old was the inspiration for the Piggy Series.

Thank you Ronnie for taking the time to share your expertise with us. It helps so many illustrators and is very much appreciated. Here is the Heman Agency website link:


If you do not have an agent and would like to be featured and hear what is working or how it could be tweaked to help you sell your work, then please send Two SEQUENTIAL illustrations (Two with the SAME “story/characters‎”) to:

Kathy.temean (at) Illustrations should be at least 500 pixels wide. Please put ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO in the subject area and include a blurb about yourself that I can use to introduce you to everyone.

Each Sunday one illustrator will be chosen.

CALL FOR ILLUSTRATORS: Remember I’m always looking for illustrations I can use with articles I post. Send to: Kathy.temean (at) Put ILLUSTRATION FOR BLOG in the subject area. Remember all illustration need to be 500 pixels wide. Include a blurb about yourself, too.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Kathy, you’ve got one of the best blogs on the planet 😀


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