A showcase of Australian Children's Book Illustrators who have appeared in the Industry Newsletter PASS IT ON
Friday, February 3, 2012
John Veeken PIO issue 265 Nov 2009
What's this illustration for?
A newly released book called "Machino Supremo! - poems about machines" written by Janeen Brian and Mark Carthew, published by Celapene Press.
Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration - how do you start?
Inspiration comes very quickly if the text instantly grabs me.
How did you get your start as an illustrator?
From a young age I have always enjoyed drawing. My real break came when I met the amazing Donna Rawlins, who happened to live around the corner from me in Melbourne. She guided me through the process of building a folio and introduced me to some publishers/editors. I am eternally grateful to her.
Who or what has influenced your work?
I was born in Holland and have always had a fascination with dutch and flemish artists such as Bruegel, Van Gogh, Pieck, and Escher. I am also inspired by Dürer, Doré, Sendak and Quentin Blake.
What's your favourite media for creating pictures?
I love integrating hand drawn sketches with digital media and am constantly trying to find the perfect balance between gesture and finish.
Do you experience illustrator's block - if so, what do you do about it?
I only experience block when I am given a brief which is prescriptive ie tells me what to draw. Luckily, this is very rare.