sue_photo.jpgRM_9719This is my interview with Sue deGennaro.

What’s the hardest part of your job? Fraying paintbrushes, it happens so quickly one minute they are all uniform and straight and the next they are all over the place. Life would be easier if I lived next door to a paintbrush factory.

What’s the best part of your job? Learning how to draw and having the chance to practice drawing and painting over and over again.

Where did you start when illustrating this book? I started with the monkey first then made my way through each of the character’s, some went through some major edits before making it to final art work.

What was the best thing about illustrating this book? Solving the problem of how to paint night yellow. Answer: add the tiniest amount of purple to your yellow – and with that a deeper understanding of complimentary colours.

What was one of the best things that happened because of this book? I now have a visual reference to all the toys my children played with when they were little. Every toy, block or soldier in the book is a toy that I sketched once I snatched it out of the girl’s hands.

Which materials did you use to create the artwork in this book? Watercolour and pencil.

Do you have a favourite image in this book? Yes, I love the endpapers of the hard cover edition. All the animals are sleeping on a shelf and you can count them, one monkey, two hippos, three giraffes, etc.

Did you have a favourite toy when you were a child? No, not that I can remember, I had sister’s instead.

What is something that most people might be surprised to know about you? I lived in my car for a year when I was on a region tour with the circus. My car was an old Holden Station Wagon, she was called Sharon and she was home.

What are you working on next? A picture book written by Jen Storer. It’s delightful.

Read my review of ‘One Funk Monkey’ here.

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