Where were you born? Where do you live now?
South Wales UK. Currently in Bundanoon NSW.Where did you go to school?
Eyre High School Whyalla SA
Newbridge Grammar South Wales UKDid you have a nickname?
Fortunately no. What were you like in school?
Naive! Pretty happy kid.What is the naughtiest thing you did?
Fight. Always seemed to get in fights standing up to bullies. Didn’t win much. What was your favourite book growing up?Rupert Bear
but grew up on comics. Who is your favourite children’s author?
Chris van Allsburg — author/illustrator. What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Anything Italian. Used to be yellow but now turquoise. Ice Age
.Who inspired you to illustrate?
Combination of other illustrators — Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle.How did you get started?
Drew from an early age. Went to Art College then worked as an art director and illustrator in the advertising industry in London and Sydney. Picture books came later which in hindsight is a much better fit for me. How old were you?
21 when I first worked in advertising but 38 when my first children’s book came out. Why did you want to be an illustrator?
It was a natural development in that I have always had an ability to draw. As a bricklayer I’d make a good illustrator! Its what I do. How do you think up ideas?
Ideas can come from anywhere. If you are lucky, you wake up in the morning with one. Most of my ideas come from my family; things that we say or do. It is possible to 'manufacture' an idea but the best come from inspiration. Do you have a special place where you illustrate?
I’ve been a bit nomadic for the last two years and have been taking my work on the road. I miss not having a permanent studio with a big drawing board and my favourite things around me. Recently I have worked on kitchen tables, desks in hotels, on portable drawing boards and on my lap. What is the best thing about being an illustrator?
Being able to create new worlds and extend narratives. And to always find new techniques to do so. Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
After seeing the cover of a foreign edition of one of my books I wrote to the publisher saying it was outrageous they got somebody else to do the cover illustration and that it was the worst cover I’d ever seen. Turned out I did it a year previously in a rush overnight. I didn’t recognise it because they flipped it, which accentuated my bad drawing and changed the colour of the background. Very embarrassing. What do you do when you are not illustrating?
Write so I can illustrate. And sail when I can. What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
Brain surgeon but I couldn’t pronounce any of those long words! Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Rembrandt, the master painter. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Work a lot with my wife Rosie Smith who has been the source of many of our ideas. Also started to illustrate with my son Ben using CGI 3D programs. Website/blog details