Welcome to my studio.
The illustrator you’ll meet at Kids’ Book Review today is… me! I’ll show you a corner of my workspace, attempt to describe my illustration style in ten words or less, and talk about the famous artists’ company I’d most like to share… although I’m really much happier alone in the small loft room where I make my books.
Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
This is the ‘dry’ area of my studio, where I do most of my drawing. There is a desk for computer work nearby, but I like to draw with the paper balanced in my lap — I find my line work is a lot looser and livelier if I do. I’m surrounded by things I treasured as a child, including Bobby the dog and pottery made by my dad, as well as the charity shop finds no one else wants in the house! At four o’clock, the light streams in through the long, diagonal rooftop windows and makes lovely patterns on the walls.
I chose to show this part of my studio, even though it’s not splashy or colourful, because this is where one of the most important stages of the picture book making process happens. It’s here that I work through ideas, develop characters and plan the structure of my books. A lot of thinking happens in that old chair — including mulling over my answers to this interview!
Many thanks to Kids’ Book Review, for providing such a wonderful online resource, for championing children’s books and their creators… and for such great questions!
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