An author and his sketchbook

Oliver Jeffers, Author & Illustrator, on the creation of the story

Each book begins with a pencil and a sketchbook and I start drawing on the ideas & writing the manuscript. The next stage is, when I know where the story is going to go, I drop the pencil and pick up the dipping pen and pot of ink and I make more detailed line art that then goes to the publisher. These more detailed drawings then get dropped into layouts so I know where the words are going to go. For the final art my materials change depending on the book.

The Heart and the Bottle used many different materials – it’s mixed media. Colour pencil, water colour, normal pencil, ink, collage, gouache paints, acrylic paints and then the final touches on photoshop.

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