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Gris Grimly

Author, illustrator

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Gris Grimly. I'm an author and illustrator who works primarily in children and young adult publishing. Sometimes I design characters and develop concepts for film and television.

What hardware do you use?

My media of choice is watercolor. I use watercolor pigments and gouache by Holbein, 140lb cold press natural white paper by Arches, and sepia inks by Daler Rowney.

I use an old MacBook Pro from 2012. I will use it until it dies. I use an old iPhone 5 from 2012 as well. I will use it until it dies.

And what software?

I use Microsoft Word to write. I use Image Capture to scan my watercolor paintings and Photoshop to color correct the files for my own archival purposes. For publication, all of my artwork is shipped to the publishers for photography and design, so I don't usually have a hand in the final output. If it is a personal project or merchandise endeavor, I will do layouts, design, and color separations in Photoshop as well, but my digital use is very minimal.

What would be your dream setup?

I would like to work out of a barn in rural Nebraska. An upstairs loft would be a painting studio with record player and computer desk for a large scanner. Maybe I would get a Cintiq and learn something new. On the bottom floor would be a library and storage for framed and unframed paintings. The walls would be graced with religious items, taxidermy and antiques.