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Playing with art materials

Illustrator Ann James plays with different art materials. She smudges oil pastels and dreams up ideas for pictures using the word 'pounce'.

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Meet illustrator Andrew Joyner

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator (and sometimes author) of children’s books. Watch this clip and find out why he loves drawing elephants so much. What techniques does he use to build his drawings? What materials and tools does he use to create his illustrations? Andrew describes the way he works with a designer and publisher ...

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Making art with Kevin Burgemeestre

Artist Kevin Burgemeestre introduces illustrating using layers like a puppet theatre. What do you need to start making your own 3D pictures?

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Finding friends in literature

Is it important to like characters in a book you're reading? If so, why? If not, why not? Watch as Leigh Hobbs explains why he thinks people like the character of Old Tom in his book, The Big Book of Old Tom.

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Creating character 'trade marks'

Leigh Hobbs says that his character Old Tom's black eye, fish bone and comb are visual devices - Tom's trade marks. What do you think he means by this? Can you think of other fictional characters with trade marks or something that encapsulates who they are?

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Illustration techniques with Dougal MacPherson

Ever wondered how illustrators create the images that end up on the pages of picture books? Watch as illustrator Dougal MacPherson describes the materials and techniques he used to create the images in Introducing Teddy. Why did he choose to work the way he did? Have a go at creating your own images using some of the techniques ...

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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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Ann James becoming an illustrator

Ann James tells us about how she got started as a children's book illustrator.

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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'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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Create a graphic novel with Peter Sheehan

Learn how to create a graphic novel with Peter Sheehan. What are some of the things you should consider to create 'magic' in your own story? Now think about some of the techniques you can employ to emphasise your narrative, like composition. Which two composition techniques does Peter Sheehan give as examples that can bring ...

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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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Representing diversity with Sally Rippin

How important do you think it is for writers to represent a diversity of experiences and perspectives in their books? What does Sally Rippin say about the world she represents in her stories? Who are the characters she writes and illustrates?

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Writing and illustrating with Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Ever wondered how writers and illustrators work together to create books? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the way Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton collaborate to produce their famous children’s books. Use their pearls of wisdom to help you produce your own story!

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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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Ann James painting and drawing

Children's book illustrator Ann James looks at the different artworks she made for the word 'pounce'.

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3D jungle artworks with Kevin Burgemeestre

How can you make a 3D artwork with pastels, torn paper and clay? Illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre shows you how to make a picture with different textures.

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Craig Smith on becoming an artist

Illustrator Craig Smith tells us how he got started as an artist.

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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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What's the moral of the story?

Have you heard of the expression, 'the moral of the story'? What does the interviewer think the moral of this story is? How does this compare to what the author and illustrator of the story, Leigh Hobbs, says the moral is?