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Hi, I’m Kim. Welcome to Picture Kitchen Studio!

This is you, right now:

 

You’re ready for the next phase -- It's exciting and a little scary -- but you’re ready to find the illustrator that's right for you.

You’re looking for an illustrator who will really listen to you, who well understands the picture book process, someone who can bring that special spark; someone who is going to share in your excitement and nurture your work until you go to print.

Someone who will happily walk you through the entire artwork process.

You want an illustrator who can bring your story to life.

You’re looking for an illustrator that understands your project.

 

That's where I come in...

 

I illustrate picture books and do what I believe I was created to do.  I find great delight in serving my clients because my client needs good art and the world needs good books.

Where I came from...

 

After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia I worked for DC Cook Publishing designing children’s curriculum. In time, I found my true passion, what brings me the most fulfillment, and that’s illustrating children’s books for talented people like you.

 

I believe art is a “calling” and that God bestows his gifts through everyday people.

 

R.J. Grunwald says it best,“God is busy about his work in the midst of your work whether you realize it or not.  The laundry, the spreadsheets, the phone calls, and the cups of coffee are all deeply spiritual because God is at work in the world. He is serving your family, your coworkers, and your community through the work you do.  God is at work providing “daily bread” through the work that you do, no matter what that work is.”

I draw from the place of imagination and memories of the past, to bring warmth and delight to each illustration I create.

 

When I’m not illustrating you can find me reading, bike riding, watching British TV, treasure hunting for, collecting vintage children’s books, and enjoying time spent with my husband, son and Westie at my home in Southern, NJ.

I look forward to working with you!

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I feel she is a total Godsend to me.

She has been very professional, very helpful, and very supportive. She managed to create characters and scenery that were exact in telling the story and drawing in the reader. I feel she easily understood the picture and story that I hoped to tell.

Debbie Estrem

2017-01-10T18:48:37+00:00

Debbie Estrem

She has been very professional, very helpful, and very supportive. She managed to create characters and scenery that were exact in telling the story and drawing in the reader. I feel she easily understood the picture and story that I hoped to tell.

It’s such a joy to see my story brought to life in such a beautiful way.

Kim is above and beyond in every way. She is extremely knowledgable about the process of putting together a children's picture book. All throughout, Kim has been professional and right on schedule. She has continued helping during the layout process. Anyone who is lucky enough to get her will be more than pleased.

Terry John Barto

2017-01-10T18:42:33+00:00

Terry John Barto

Kim is above and beyond in every way. She is extremely knowledgable about the process of putting together a children's picture book. All throughout, Kim has been professional and right on schedule. She has continued helping during the layout process. Anyone who is lucky enough to get her will be more than pleased.

I was so thrilled at how Kim managed to create the characters

They were better than I could of hoped for. As a first time author the whole experience should of been daunting but Kim made it the most amazing and enjoyable experience. I can't wait to work with Kim again, what a super kind and talented lady.

Audrey Moore

2017-01-10T18:40:35+00:00

Audrey Moore

They were better than I could of hoped for. As a first time author the whole experience should of been daunting but Kim made it the most amazing and enjoyable experience. I can't wait to work with Kim again, what a super kind and talented lady.

I have been so lucky to work with Kim.

It's actually refreshing to work with someone who has the ability to take your ideas and create what you envision. Her extreme talent gives so much creative freedom. Ok, do I think she's super woman in this illustration market? Yes, I do!!

Laura Brigger

2017-01-10T18:39:07+00:00

Laura Brigger

It's actually refreshing to work with someone who has the ability to take your ideas and create what you envision. Her extreme talent gives so much creative freedom. Ok, do I think she's super woman in this illustration market? Yes, I do!!

Kim made me feel comfortable from day one.

This was my first endeavor at writing books. I wasn't sure what to expect and how the process would go. Kim was always quick to respond to my questions and always made me feel comfortable and secure in my decisions. I appreciate her talent and work ethic beyond words.

Debra  Lenser

2017-01-10T18:37:37+00:00

Debra  Lenser

This was my first endeavor at writing books. I wasn't sure what to expect and how the process would go. Kim was always quick to respond to my questions and always made me feel comfortable and secure in my decisions. I appreciate her talent and work ethic beyond words.

She is a joy to work with

...and uses her imagination to add playful details to delight children. I cannot wait until my second story is perfected and ready for her to work her magic again!!

Anita Turnage

2017-01-10T18:47:14+00:00

Anita Turnage

...and uses her imagination to add playful details to delight children. I cannot wait until my second story is perfected and ready for her to work her magic again!!

I love, love love my illustrations!

She is very patient with people. I have worked with others and they do not match her professionalism and love for what she does. I have other books and she will be the person I will be working with. If you want an illustrator for your book look no further.

Evelyn Gresham

2017-01-10T18:46:10+00:00

Evelyn Gresham

She is very patient with people. I have worked with others and they do not match her professionalism and love for what she does. I have other books and she will be the person I will be working with. If you want an illustrator for your book look no further.

It has been a great joy and a blessing to work with Kim.

She is a true artist at heart, sensitive to Holy Spirit's leading. She considered my input as the author yet remained faithful to her artistic vision. She is a consummate professional and a very talented artist whose love for God is evident in her work. If you are looking for a superb illustrator for your children's book, look no farther than Kim Sponaugle. You will not be disappointed.

MaryAnn Diorio

2017-01-10T18:44:59+00:00

MaryAnn Diorio

She is a true artist at heart, sensitive to Holy Spirit's leading. She considered my input as the author yet remained faithful to her artistic vision. She is a consummate professional and a very talented artist whose love for God is evident in her work. If you are looking for a superb illustrator for your children's book, look no farther than Kim Sponaugle. You will not be disappointed.

It’s been a joy and a privilege to work with such a talented illustrator

There is a certain magical quality that she brings to her work – emotional nuances, energy and verve - that bring characters and settings to life. Her cover art is particularly inspired, communicating the essence of the story in a seemingly effortless way.

Alarna Rose Gray,

2017-01-10T18:49:56+00:00

Alarna Rose Gray,

There is a certain magical quality that she brings to her work – emotional nuances, energy and verve - that bring characters and settings to life. Her cover art is particularly inspired, communicating the essence of the story in a seemingly effortless way.

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