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?
This illo was for my picture book "HOORAY FOR HORRIBLE HARRIET".
Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration - how do you start?
All my projects begin with a flash of inspiration where I am propelled forward in a blaze of ideas. Unfortunately this momentum never lasts. There is always a point where the plain hard slog of refining, redrawing, redrafting and filling in the inspirational gaps has to be faced up to, and dealt with- with patience and much hard work.
How did you get your start as an illustrator?
The book illustrating aspect of my work began in 1990 when I was asked to illustrate a book called 'CARO'S CROC CAFE'.
Who or what has influenced your work?
I've always loved drawing and looking at art and art books. The illustrators who inspired me most as a child were Ludwig Bemelmans and Ronald Searle. Both these artists crossed artistic boundaries in both subject matter and technique.
What's your favourite media for creating pictures?
My favourite medium is pen and ink. But I love using paint too.
Do you experience illustrator's block - if so, what do you do about it?
Yes I experience writer's block. I usually force myself to work through it, though I suspect that if I were able, to just leave the studio for a day or two might clear things up. But I tend to wrestle with projects when they are not working.
What's the worst thing about being a freelancer?
The worst thing about being a freelancer sometimes is the isolation when the work isn't working.
And the best?
The best thing about being a freelancer is the isolation when the work IS working and you can work without interruption.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a new picture book at the moment called "MR CHICKEN GOES TO PARIS". It will be released in August this year.