As an illustrator you need to understand the human body - but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you've seen and what you imagine.
Television is kind of a disappointment. I often want to watch it, but I find it quite hard - I don't like soaps, reality TV or celebrity chefs.
I've never quite worked out how to do holidays. I've got a house in France which I suppose is a kind of holiday house. But it's really only so I can go on drawing when I get there. I'm never far away from the feeling that I want to be getting on with something.
Being positive may be a character defect of mine.
Guinea pigs are quite difficult to draw, I think, because they're so furry.
I love the sea, but I avoid any sort of seaside resort that has skyscrapers or seaside entertainments.
I'm trained as a teacher; that's the only thing I've got a certificate for.
If you want to read and you want to draw, that helps you to express yourself.
Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly.
You see, I don't draw from life at all, but I do look out of my window a lot.
With my pictures, what I hope is that it encourages the reader to imagine more pictures of his own.
I do like children, but only as people. Not as if they're a special category.
I think it is important for children to read different things to find out about their emotions and other people's emotions. It is an enormous source of education and culture.
I don't like leaving work behind. I hate the idea that something might be happening on the drawing board at home that I am going to miss.
I draw every day - unless I'm being interviewed.
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