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Thursday 24 August 2017

Meet the Illustrator: Adam Wallace

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less. 
Ummmm, ahhhh, look at photos try 
and cartoonise them!

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Pencils (for drawing). Textas (for drawing over the pencil). Music (for listening to and also so the neighbours can’t hear me yell at my pictures).

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
I use Sharpies. Always Sharpies! For paper, any old A4 that doesn’t bleed is good by me. Yep, it’s all nice and high-tech!

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Terry Denton. Peter Carnavas. James Hart.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
Any. Now is amazing. I just love sitting with artists and illustrators and hearing them talk about what they do and watching them do it. I don’t care what the art is, creativity is amazing at any time.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
It was a group of kids I worked with in a Before and After Care, who sat and drew with me for hours!

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
Not really … because I don’t have one! I just draw on the dining table and then scan it in! Or sometimes in a scrapbook on the train. Once I drew an elephant on the toilet, as in I was on the toilet. The elephant was standing on the ground. I can share a photo of that maybe? No, probably not the best idea, it wasn’t a very good elephant.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
When the picture looks kinda, sorta, like what I had in my head!

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Draw draw draw, copy copy copy, discover your own style, copy some more, draw some more and then draw some more! And stop worrying about perfection! A great quote I heard goes a little like this … A painting is never finished. It just stops in interesting places.
Be prepared to let it go!

Adam Wallace is an illustrator by accident, and is also a three time New York Times Bestselling Author with over 45 books published … he has drawn pictures in six of these, he leaves it to the experts in the others!
You can follow Adam on facebook and visit his website for more information.