The Klaus Flugge Prize

Anthony presented the Klaus Flugge Prize, a prestigious award for most promising newcomer to children’s picture books, in London this week. The prize was awarded to Jessica Love for Julian is a Mermaid, which Anthony described as: “an astonishingly beautiful book. It’s amazing to realise this is Jessica Love’s first attempt. She has quickly realised how picture books work - the understated words fit so brilliantly with the stunning illustrations, never getting in the way, never trying to do the same job. It’s a perfect picture book.”

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Anthony Browne's Happy Theatre

Anthony has just returned from a fantastic trip to South Korea where there is a huge exhibition of his work at the Seoul Arts Centre.

Click on the video above to watch Anthony talk on SBS

Click on the video above to watch Anthony talk on SBS

Click on the video above to watch Anthony interviewed on YTN news

Click on the video above to watch Anthony interviewed on YTN news

The Daydreamer

We've just received a hardcopy of 'The Daydreamer', due to be republished in September - and it looks great! It has a newly designed cover and colour illustrations throughout. You can pre-order your copy online now.

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Preliminary drawings

Here are some preliminary drawings from Anthony's current project, 'Our Girl'. Having shown other examples of Anthony's drawing process on this page, we asked Anthony to describe it more fully for us;

'The words and pictures generally come together. At first I have an idea in my head which is a bit like remembering a dream. I then draw out a series of twenty-four rectangles (representing the twelve double-page spreads which form the main part of a typical picture book), and fill them with very rough drawings and scrawls of text. In my mind there is a kind of animation to the idea, and I view my storyboard almost exactly as a filmmaker would. Rather than the fixed pictures they will eventually become, I view the boxes as frames or scenes from the story, with a clear sense of progression through time. “Playing out” the book in this way ensures that the visual and the textual come to me at the same time.

Having made a storyboard, I like to cut-out the individual “frames” and stick them into a small book. The dummy is the first incarnation of the idea that I show to my editor. With the dummy as a reference, we discuss the general qualities of the prospective book and suggestions are offered as to how I could improve the text, the layout and the general rhythm.

I go back to my studio and set to work on the final pictures. I start by making slightly more detailed preliminary drawings on thin layout paper, the proportions of which correspond with the final book. As they are drawings, I can afford to make mistakes at this point, and I alter as many details as I need to until I am satisfied with the image. One thing that is notable about the drawings at this stage is the absence of many details. This maintains my creative interest throughout the production of the final artwork. I then transfer the drawings onto watercolour paper, using a very sharp, hard pencil to trace the image onto the new surface.'


Anthony Browne's Happy Theatre exhibition opens in Seoul

There is currently a major exhibition on display of Anthony's work at the Seoul Arts Centre!

The Anthony Browne exhibition which attracted 200,000 visitors in 2016 and won the SAC Audience Choice Award, has been revamped as 'Anthony Browne's Happy Theatre'. Alongside original Anthony Browne drawings on display (of which there are around 150), the exhibition also features creative installations, moving image interpretations, and musical theatre performances of his books. The exhibition is fun for all the family and well worth a visit.

The exhibition will be on display at the Hangaram Design Museum until September 2019.

Little Frida

Here's another teaser from Anthony's current project - what do you think? 

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Little Frida

Anthony is currently working on a new book called 'Little Frida'. We asked him what techniques he uses to write and illustrate a new story and this is what he said; "I tend to do lots of pencil drawings to begin with (roughs) and then go on to make a dummy. Ideas can sometime take a long time to come together. I then normally use watercolour for the paintings and gouache as a coverup."

Here are some images from his recent dummy.