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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

Have you ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and wondered where it came from? That was the case for Michael Leunig, well-known Australian cartoonist, writer, artist and philosopher. Sometimes ideas come to us in abstract ways, as symbols. In this audio clip, Leunig explains the symbolism behind his now famous 'direction-finding ...

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An interview with author Shaun Tan

Award winning Australian author and illustrator of books including The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival and The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan, talks to Jane Hutcheon about winning an Academy Award, creating books, realistic stories, points of view and stories that don't necessarily have happy endings.

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Manga professional: don't do that 2

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a family car trip with an exciting finish. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a brother and sister ...

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Manga professional: be careful 2

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a skiing 'trip'. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about young samurai fighters in origami hats. This ...

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Manga professional: an important day 2

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a postman's surprise. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a birthday party with a messy ending. This ...

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Manga professional: don't do that 1

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a family car trip with an exciting finish. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a brother and sister ...

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Manga professional: be careful 1

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a skiing 'trip'. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about young samurai fighters in origami hats. This ...

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Manga professional: an important day 1

Play the role of a new employee in a manga design studio. First explore and learn about how manga comics are made. Practise by working on a story about a postman's surprise. Choose appropriate onomatopoeia and dialogue. Then build a sequence of pictures for a new manga story about a birthday party with a messy ending. This ...

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Biography: Federation people: Livingston Hopkins

Investigate cartoonist Livingston Hopkins's role in Australia's Federation movement. Examine two different types of biographies of Hopkins: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation ...

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General Post Office, Brisbane, c1886

This is a black-and-white illustration of the General Post Office in Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, c1886. It shows some people outside the building, and others travelling past in a double-decker horse-drawn tram.

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'National quest for Miss Australia', 1945 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from a segment about the Miss Australia Quest in the weekly episode of a black-and-white newsreel with sound, Cinesound Review, which was distributed to Australian cinemas from 1 June 1945. The excerpt shows five of the nine finalists of the Miss Australia Quest having their portraits drawn or painted ...

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A Breath, 1998: Japan invades China

This clip shows the fall of the Chinese city of Guangzhou (Canton) to the Japanese forces in October 1938. Artists Huang Miaozi and Yu Feng were based in the city as part of a team producing anti-Japanese propaganda cartoons. The clip uses archival footage of the advancing Japanese troops, the aerial bombardment of Guangzhou ...

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John Collins recalls illustrations by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), 2007

This is an edited sound recording of John Collins, former managing director of the Brisbane-based book publisher Jacaranda Press, recalling the way the Indigenous poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (then Kath Walker) produced illustrations for her 1980 book 'Father sky and mother earth'. He describes how a casual remark led to her ...

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Meet the illustrators!

Illustrators Ann James, Kevin Burgemeestre and Craig Smith tell us about the artists, illustrators, cartoonists and art styles that influence them.

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Illustration style with Ann James

Children's book illustrator Ann James looks at the different styles of art she creates for different books.

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Making illustrations with Craig Smith

Illustrator Craig Smith discusses the ideas and thinking that goes into an illustration. He demonstrates crosshatching with pen and ink.

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Graeme Base hunting ideas!

Have you ever looked for an idea? World famous children's book creator Graeme Base talks about the places, animals and things that inspire his stories.

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Graeme Base's first drawings

Children's book creator Graeme Base talks about his early life and how he first started drawing at school.

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Starting a picture with Craig Smith

What do you need to start an illustration? Artist Craig Smith shows you how he begins a new picture.

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Graeme Base loves dragons!

Dragons, fantasy and monsters were a huge influence on children's book creator Graeme Base's early art.