Lam Lok Ki (Kelly) generally make illustrations and considers decorative element as an important factor to her works. In her opinion, visual attractiveness is a basic requirement of illustration. Therefore, Kelly tends to make her works decorative as long as they do not conflict with the narrative or purpose of her works. She wants her works to be able to stand by itself even without the storytelling and meaning behind. The main purpose of Kelly’s illustration works is to make things interesting. She wants to show-and-tell in a new and special way, both in the visually and the narratively. She likes to explore the use of line and monochromatic tone. Sometimes it’s more time consuming to draw with only lines or single colour, but she believes the time of working will show in the overlapping of line or colour, and at the end, it will result in a visual output with depth. Moreover, she is trying experimental ways on panel layouts. For example, presenting a continuous plot within a single illustration without obvious panels, yet still able to direct the order of reading and plot. That’s her goal at this moment.
When doing illustration, I often struggle with correcting certain areas. Usually those areas of struggle become the most interesting part of my work. The process of resolving mistakes and corrections is a part of my process. Though it can be painful, this is one way to realize “improvement”. My illustration book presents a story based on this concept.