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I work out of my home in Melbourne, Australia. 

On one desk I have all my painting materials - brushes, paints, pencils, pens, glue, scissors, and stamp carving tools.

On the other desk I have my computer, scanner, printer and light box and my cat wanders between the two :)

It’s a good mix!

 

scroll down for some photos and ‘a day in the life’

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My intern

My intern

I like putting up all my completed pieces on the wall while working on a book. it helps to see the continuity and maintain consistent colouring. (and it's also nice to be reminded of accomplishments!) – Working on True Blue Santa

I like putting up all my completed pieces on the wall while working on a book. it helps to see the continuity and maintain consistent colouring. (and it's also nice to be reminded of accomplishments!)

– Working on True Blue Santa

A finished piece for Mummy You're Special To Me (which ended up not being used!) and other paintings of the main characters.

A finished piece for Mummy You're Special To Me (which ended up not being used!) and other paintings of the main characters.


A Day In The Life

I wrote this several years ago (in a very busy period) while I was working on the picture book “Surprise!” -- things are quite a bit different now. My one year old son is my alarm clock and 7.50am is a big sleep in! But it still gives you an idea of how an illustrator’s day might be spent.

 

Saturday May 17th 2008

 

7.50 Alarm goes off

8.10 Get up, get dressed, grab a banana and go to pilates classes 

10.50 Get home, there is a message from Karen, the author of the book I'm working on to call her. Check emails and some blogs (thanks for your comments on my last post!)

11:00 Chat with Karen about various book related things. Have a crumpet with honey 

11:30 Shower, dress in comfy WARM clothes because it is freezing here (13C) and grab a handful of almonds

12:00 into my studio! I'm starting on the double page spreads for the book - cut paper to size, trace the sketch onto the paper, tape paper to drawing board. Listening to Groove Armada "Goodbye Country" (music is a big part of creating for me)

1:15 Hmmm, that crumpet just didn't do it. Make quesadilla with cheese, avocado and ham. Feed the cat while it is cooking.

1:30 eat in my studio where the heater is on. yummm. do my 15 minutes of creativity warmup (the 21 day creative exercise) while eating to loosen up the painting hand.

1.45 make cup of peppermint tea. Whiskey the cat is now curled up in front of the heater.

1.50 I do a quick colour study in Photoshop of the spread I am about to paint. Now listening to Groove Armada "Lovebox"

2.10 start painting!

3.30 a little break. change water for my brushes, check emails... have been tagged by Teri aka Princess Tomato! Find reference images online of kids rooms and floorboards as I am painting a boy's room. Let the cat out. Have a biscuit. Let the cat back in.

3.42 Back to painting! Music: Thievery Corporation

4.15 Need reference for how a bed quilt would fall (folds, etc.) - go into my bedroom and sketch the bed quickly.

4.25 ooh it's cold in there! Back into the warm studio. keep painting.  Music: Shpongle

5.01 My favourite part of this Shpongle album - get up and dance (another essential part of my creative process)

5.03 OK, back to painting.

6.04 I need a break. Clean brushes - oh, it's dark outside already! and still raining. Scan in stuff for my 21 days post and make the post. Snuggles with Whiskey the cat. Music: Sade

6.42 Go to make dinner. Made rice + dahl with okra and green beans. Yummy, but it took over an hour to make - but at least I don't have to cook dinner tomorrow!

8.30 back to work! music: Corinne Bailey Rae

10.07 I'm at a good stopping point. I think I'll stop here before I get too tired and start making mistakes. A good day of work, I was able to lay down all the base colour, so tomorrow will be fun stuff like shadows, collage and linework. Phew!

10.08 Type up this post and read other 'day in the life's. music: Bob Marley

10.46 Clean up the kitchen.

11.17 Finish up this post, brush teeth and going to read in bed (where I'll probably fall asleep in about 2 minutes!)

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