Sunday, April 27, 2008

here is a rough and a final from big kicks. I do all my early sketch work digitally. I seem to think in color and shape more than line and the computer lets me do it quickly.


Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

How awesome to be able to see your sketch and finished piece together. It really shows you had a clear idea of how you wanted it to look.

I find this happens to me too, the ideas stick stubbornly in my head.. the problem is when an AD asks for a change.. a bit hard sometimes.

I'll be traveling this summer to Florida and I'm already dreaming on spending my days at the kids section of Barnes and Noble. I have a list of all the books I want to get and wanted to tell you that Big Kicks in definitively on the list :o)

samacleod said...

That's so aewsome. I love these. Great to see a little of how you think. Love your work man.

Gina Perry said...

I love seeing the textures in the BIG version, it really adds charm. Funny, I would have guessed he was an XXXL, maybe they didn't want to embarrass him!

Gisele Jaquenod said...

It's so wonderful, I love it!!! :D Do you sell prints anywhere?

Tracy said...

I love your work! This is a wonderful illo and I appreciate the "before" and "after" parts. I've put you in my favorites so I can check out your work quickly each week! :)

chuck said...

hi Bob,

could we touch base?
I'd love a call with you

thanks Chuck G

stephen said...


My name is Stephen, and my two boys and I love to read your book, Racer Dogs. We think it is really fun--and we pore over each page examining all the details.

We were wondering about the barn on one of the pages. We noticed that there is a capital "L" on the barn. What does the L stand for?

Sorry for posting this question here, but I wasn't sure how else to contact you . . . .

Great work! We're going to keep reading your books.

I don't know if you'll see my email address elsewhere, but it is

Thanks very much,

bob kolar said...

The "L" stands for my wonderful wife Lisa. She is an art teacher, painter, and quite the gardener.

ellencrimitrent said...

love these illustrations!! I am trying to learn badly how to work digitally and coming along a bit, but I need to take some lessons badly.

I still love to paint so I will never give that up.

I love the bear he is very cute and lovable, I have to get racer dogs tomorrow for my boys!

Anonymous said...

LOVE seeing the sketches with the finished pieces. What a fun character and book!