A showcase of Australian Children's Book Illustrators who have appeared in the Industry Newsletter PASS IT ON
Monday, July 20, 2009
What's this illustration for?
Bridget’s Book of Nursery Rhymes compiled and illustrated by me (Bridget Strevens-Marzo) published by Little Hare Books.
Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration - how do you start?
Never have time to wait! I start by plunging with my inked brush straight into a piece of cheap paper (has to be cheap!) and telling myself I can always throw it away and start again
How did you get your start as an illustrator?
Writing and illustrating a first series of books based on places I knew and on my young son. The books were published in the US and UK . Later after working for a start-up multimedia company I designed my illustrated website way back in the ‘nineties before google. I’d often come up on the first page when someone searched for children’s book illustrator and I got more work illustrating books like Kiss, kiss! By Margaret Wild, thanks to my website. Though I live in France, my website was hosted by a techy friend from Sydney who had just started http://www.planethomepage.com.au/ . He wanted to thank me for being a host to him years before, when he turned up on my doorstep as the friend of a friend in the medieval town north of Paris, France where I live!
Who or what has influenced your work?
So many things – paintings, books – just too many to list!
What's your favourite media for creating pictures?
Brush and ink (or brush-pen) and Photoshop where I can paint directly using a graphic tablet, and play with colour using rough painterly brushes.
What's the worst thing about being a freelancer?
Working nights and days to meet a never-ending series of deadlines.
And the best?
Being able to work days and nights - when you want!
What are you working on at the moment?
Just sent off the illustrators and the cover for a book for Little Hare by David Bedford, called “Daddy Does the Cha, Cha, Cha!” - a real romp of a picture book with lots of dancing dads and kids!