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Thursday 8 October 2015

Meet the Illustrator: Graeme Base

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Carefully Considered.
Labouriously Layered.
Often Overlong.
Hopefully Humourous.
Annoyingly Alliterative.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
My very wide Desk
My very old Ergonomic Chair
My very new iMac
My very big Wacom Cintiq 27HD
My very battered Comfy Couch
My very sharp Pencils (five of them: 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B)

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
Photoshop CC combined with a Wacom Cintiq 27HD

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Chris Van Allsburg
William Joyce
Albrecht Durer

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
The next one - then I could be ahead of the curve and back in fashion again!

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
Doing illustrations for other writers and wanting to not be told what to draw!

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often?
It's so boring I almost don't have the heart to show you: a tidy desk with two computer screens...!

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
Starting and Finishing. The bit inbetween is called Hard Work (though my kids call it 'colouring-in' and wonder why I whinge so much).

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Don't worry about Starting and Finishing and get good at focussing on the bit inbetween - Inspiration is all very well, and Gratification will come in time, but it is mostly Resilience and Determination that make things happen.

Graeme Base is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator. His detailed alphabet book Animalia was first published in 1986 and has since sold over 3 million copies. It has inspired an animated TV series, an app, and is the first offering in a detailed digital education program called The Graeme Base Educational Suite. Graeme's latest book is Eye to Eye, published by Penguin Australia. The book is a journey of discovery featuring some of nature's most impressive creatures. Visit Graeme's website and Facebook page for the latest information about his books and author events.