When illustrators speak instead of draw

Above: one of several quotes from illustrators I’ve collected together in a single browsable interface. You can learn a lot about drawing by looking at the work of your favourite illustrators. Certainly you can make conscious deductions about their use of colour, composition, or media. But there are some things that no amount of staringContinue reading “When illustrators speak instead of draw”

More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman

Since finishing my Chile sketch diary, I haven’t drawn a thing. That’s partly because I am thinking through exactly what I am going to do for the Cape/Comica/Observer graphic story competition. For the first time, I am very consciously examining where my ideas come from, too – it’s hard work, creating a cartoon world outContinue reading “More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman”

The secret thing about picture books is that they aren’t for children at all

I’ve got rather a busy couple of weeks coming up, thanks to the flurry of booking I indulged in a few weeks ago when the Brighton Festival programme came out. Tonight, I went to see a panel of children’s book illustrators: John Vernon Lord (revered illustrator, to quote the blurb on the back of hisContinue reading “The secret thing about picture books is that they aren’t for children at all”

Illustrators in Conversation: Oliver Jeffers and David Mackintosh

Last night, I went to see children’s picturebook illustrators Oliver Jeffers and David Mackintosh in conversation, here in Brighton. It was a fun event – there seemed to be real rapport between the two writers and their Editor (whose name I can’t find online, sorry, Editor!). You could buy all their books, of course. Here’sContinue reading “Illustrators in Conversation: Oliver Jeffers and David Mackintosh”