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Thursday 19 October 2017

Meet the Illustrator: Peter Papamanolis

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Quirky, humorous, fun with a dash of  story.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Good lighting, lovely music, sharp pencils.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
I love to work with colour pencils, black ink pens and gouache.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Graeme Base, Salvador Dali, Andrei Rublev.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
The Byzantine art era. This period is renowned for inspirational masterpieces creating 'windows to eternity' revealing the mysteries of death and life.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
My older brother inspired me to draw but Graeme Base and his book The Eleventh Hour infused my heart with the idea of one day illustrating a book .

Can you share a photo of your creative workspace or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
My art space has plenty of light by day and fluro light at night. I work mainly in colour pencil for illustrations as you can see by the unorganised array of pencils packed in perspex! But here you can also see a commission portrait in acrylic on canvas I was working on. My desk is actually an easel which tips and lowers if needed. The ipad for music and information, and a thin light box under my art pad, which I use for transferring my original pencil drawing produced on copy paper, onto the art paper.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
 Apart from signing my name at the end,  I enjoy creating the darks and highlights in an endeavour to make the drawing 'pop!'

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Draw anything you like as often as you can .

As well as drawing illustrations and painting Peter has been designing and creating fine jewellery for more than thirty years. He is a father of four and grateful have been married to his best friend for 32 years. Peter enjoys sand sculpting, meeting people and having a good ol’ chat.
You can follow Peter on facebook and visit his website for more information.