Anil is my interviewee today, and #3 in this series. As promised, these illustrators will come from all over the world so, for several, English is not their mother tongue. On the very rare occasion they make an error, I have left it in, because I so appreciate the effort they are making, and as a linguist, this doesn’t bother me at all.. I do hope you feel the same. 🙂
Seven for Starters
What’s your nationality, where do you live and how do these influence your art?
I’m from Turkey but I live in Australia at the moment. There are so many different cultures live here. This definitely widens my perspective and influences my art. However we have lots of translated books in Turkey, as a children’s books illustrator, I noticed that there are much more amazing examples of children’s books which may influence a person.
Illustrator or author/illustrator?
Illustrator. Wish to write too, but shy 🙂
What is your favorite medium for your art-work and why?
Photoshop and Wacom tablet, because I have “undo” opportunity.
What books (or authors and illustrators) influenced your childhood?
Actually I didn’t read books a lot when I was a child. The books that I read made me lazy about reading. Then, thankfully, this influence totally changed after I met the books that I like.
What does your work-space look like?
I have a tiny desk. There is a computer, a drawing tablet, a plunger, a coffee cup, sometimes some note papers, an empty water glass which I always forget to refill and a couple of chocolate wrappings on the table. I like dim light and jazz while working.
Can you share a piece or two with us, and the process of producing them?
First one is for a poem. The process is my regular process for children’s books. I read the text, think about it, imagine something while doing sketches, decide what to do and do. I usually do researches as well but I didn’t do for this one. – Second one is a personal piece. It came when I was playing on Photoshop! The third is my avatar!
Name a couple of people who have mentored or inspired you most and why?
Don’t ask me this question please 🙁 They changes a lot whenever I see a new piece.
Five Fun ones to Finish?
What do you drink most during a day?
Wine I think.
What word best sums you up?
Unfortunately it could be “butterfingered”
What’s the worst job you have done?
A long and boring power point slide which had millions of revisions.
What do you do for relaxation?
Something that I haven’t done recently.
If you could be one children’s book character who would that be?
It’s a tough question. May be Nick from the “Frindle” by Andrew Clements or Hiccup from the “How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowel.