A showcase of Australian Children's Book Illustrators who have appeared in the Industry Newsletter PASS IT ON
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
What's this illustration for?
This illustration was done as an experiment for a film concept. The image was inspired from my daily walking in Hobart, Tasmania. I am trying to illustrate an outsider living in a world where he is often walking different paths than most people.
Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration - how do you start?
No, inspiration is everywhere, every single moment. I often need to write these inspirations down in my note book. Sometimes I will take photos just to capture the moment of what I'm thinking, to use as reference for my art.
How did you get your start as an illustrator?
I am still trying to poke around in my head and find myself as an illustrator I started out doing small characters as an experiment for my assignment at Tafe, and I would often write poems to accompany the images. Often I've illustrated for my own personal expression, to keep myself mentally balanced.
Who or what has influenced your work?
That's a hard question to answer, because there are many artists out there that influence me, but I find most of time, life itself influences me a lot, my past, my family, people's stories, cultures, landscapes and issues.
What's your favourite media for creating pictures?
Ink sketches, and acrylic paints. I still love the smell and touch of inks, although I create a lot of digital illustration now days.
Do you experience illustrator's block - if so, what do you do about it?
Of course, I get scared because it would be like losing one of my life supports. I stop thinking about it and just watch animated films and listen to music for awhile. Then an idea comes along and that's when I know my urge to create has returned.
What's the worst thing about being a freelancer?
Continuing to search for the next payment.
And the best?
The freedom of doing your own projects when you like.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my own animation film which is yet to be titled, and also writing a children's novel.