Tuesday 18 June 2013

Levi Pinfold - creator of Greenaway WINNING picture book, Black Dog

Book Sniffer EXCLUSIVE ...

We are utterly thrilled to be able to present to you dearest Sniffers,
Illustrator Levi Pinfold's top #scribbletips
As an award-winning author and illustrator of the highest calibre it was an utter privilege to listen to him speak about the process behind creating these works of art which eventually become beautiful picture books to treasure. (Video to follow shortly)

Here are Levi's top tips...

1/ Draw things that you like – I used to love drawing superheroes (and Marshmallow Man)

2/ Observation is key, really look at the things you are drawing…

3/ Don't confine yourself to a sketchbook – draw on anything, big sheets of paper are very liberating.

4/ Try different mediums – I love using Egg tempera.

5/ Break things down into simple steps then you can draw anything.

6/ Colour effects your mood – be creative with it.

7/ Just doodle – it's quite relaxing
Every challenge is an opportunity and every opportunity is a challenge.

8/ Think about the object you are trying to draw as a collection of shapes.

9/ Look back at old sketch books for inspiration.

10/ Experiment with formats – panoramas are a unique way of working.

Now get doodling!

Thank you to delightfully dishy and utterly inspirational Levi and of course the charming folk at Templar Publishing for letting me come along and meet the man himself. You can follow Templar on Twitter @templarbooks to find out more.

Levi is also on Twitter so seek him
out @LeviPinfold


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