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Illustration Inspiration: Ruth Paul

The Children’s Book Review | October 14, 2014

Ruth Paul

Ruth Paul

Ruth Paul is an award-winning author and illustrator of ten picture books, including Hedgehog’s Magic Tricks. She works from a small straw-bale studio in the middle of a pasture just outside Wellington, New Zealand. For more information, visit www.ruthpaul.co.nz

Bad Dog Flash Ruth PaulLatest published book …

Bad Dog Flash (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, USA release Oct 2014)

Inspired by …

My current dog, Teddy, and my previous dog, Flash. They were both a bit naughty, and I am not a very ‘disciplined’ dog-owner (much as I would like to be).

Art medium used …

Pencil and watercolor.

Artistic process …

Scribble. Sketch. Erase. (Repeat x 3). Stretch paper. Sketch again. Paint. Throw away. (Repeat x 2). Stretch paper, sketch, paint. (Repeat x as many pictures required). These stages are undertaken in 15 minute slots punctuated by coffee, laundry, phone calls, lint removal, daydreaming and general procrastination.

Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ruth Paul. BAD DOG FLASH.

Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ruth Paul. BAD DOG FLASH.

Favorite place to create & illustrate …

In my studio, which is a room attached to my garage. I like being in the studio by myself, knowing that no-one can hear me singing and that I won’t have to clean it up when I leave.

Most used art supply or tool …

The 4B or 5B pencil.

Illustrator idols …

Emma Chichester Clarke. Brian Wildsmith. I am currently in love with the beautiful cut-out birds made by Kate Slater.

All-time favorite children’s book you didn’t illustrate …

Little Rabbit and the Sea by fellow New Zealander Gavin Bishop. I read it frequently to my children when they were little, so it holds fond memories from that era of our lives. I also love Paul O. Zelinsky’s The Wheels on the Bus. The babies crying and the mothers ‘shhh-ing’ always make me laugh.

A literary character to create art with …

Pippi Longstocking! She raised herself, and lived with a horse and a monkey! Who knows, maybe I’ll need help lifting a horse off my artwork one day …

Currently working on …

Three books and more. I have just finished Go Home Flash (a sequel to Bad Dog Flash) and it’s quite cute, even if I do say so myself. I have two books in production with Scholastic (Australia/NZ): Bye Bye Grumpy Fly, which I am loving working on in a new punchy-digital illustration style, and another dinosaur book in the Stomp! family called What’s the Time, Dinosaur? I am also working on a fourth book in the Forest friends series for Walker Books (Australia/NZ – released by Candlewick in the USA)) called Duckling Dresses Up. Busy times!

Connect with  Ruth Paul …

RuthPaul.co.nz | Facebook

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