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I call the room where I work my drawing room. For a long time I used to call it my studio. I just prefer this title as this is exactly what I spend my days doing, drawing in a room. A drawing room as defined by wikipedia is, " a room in a house where visitors may be entertained. The name is derived from the sixteenth-century terms withdrawing room and withdrawing chamber, which remained in use through the seventeenth century, and made their first written appearance in 1642.” Well I'm not keen on visitor when I work, unless it's family or friends or Seamus our dog and of course mice have their own private entrance. I see my drawing room as my withdrawing room, where I can sit ponder and draw. For the past thirty years or so I spend my days working on drawings for publications but in 2013 the year before my daughter was born I started drawing picture books. I never had the time or thought about it much but once I started my first book “ the LOST house” I was engrossed in the process. I absolutely love my work and best of all I love that I have a audience that loves what I do. Check out some of my readers in the “ Readers Gallery “. Its very satisfying to see some engaged readers. For anyone interested in how I work, heres a brief description. I work in a traditional manner with paper pencil brushes and paint. I do use my mac for tidying up images or for moving objects around. For the most part I try to create a full image on paper. I see the act of paining every element on to one surface ( paper ) more like a play. Where all the action is live and has to come together in one cohesive unit. Where as once I give over some of the elements to my mac then it’s more like a film, where I have many different elements and have to edit to make the finished images. Anyway either way is fun but mixing real paint is somehow more magical than digital for me.
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