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A Peek Inside my Studio


Readers are always asking me about how I create my illustrations. They want to know if I have a fancy computer-filled studio and interesting stuff like what paper, pens and brand of ink I use. I look forward to questions like this at book events because it's probably the part of my job which I enjoy the most. I love turning to a new page in my A4 sketchbook (I start a new one each month) or a nice fresh A3 layout pad. I love picking up my favourite propelling pencil and beginning to draw. Then I love opening a bottle of black ink and dipping in a nice new pen nib. When the ink is dry and I've erased the pencil lines, I scan the drawing and open Photoshop on my Mac. I've been working with Photoshop since the very first version hit the market (oops, I've given away my age!) so I feel just as comfortable with a Wacom stylus and tablet as I do with a pencil and paper. But I never forget that my computer is just another piece of equipment, another tool, in my studio. Being able to draw is more important than any of my high tech gadgets. Drawing every day, from life or from my imagination, is where everything starts. Here's a short vid of me working in my studio... speeded up, of course!

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