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Born: 1932-12-16
Profession: Cartoonist
Nation: English
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I don't think there's an illustrator who's as good as a Titian or a Rembrandt... but then, Rembrandt was a bit of an illustrator on the quiet, you know?

Tags: Bit, Good, Quiet

I know some children's writers write for specific children, or for the children they once were, but I never have. I just thought children might like my sort of visual humour.

Tags: Children, Thought, Write

I suppose illustration tends to live in the streets, rather than in the hermetically sealed atmosphere of the museum, and consequently it has come to be taken less seriously.

Tags: Less, Rather, Seriously

I think it is important for children to read different things to find out about their emotions and other people's emotions. It is an enormous source of education and culture.

Tags: Children, Education, Read

I've never quite worked out how to do holidays. I've got a house in France which I suppose is a kind of holiday house. But it's really only so I can go on drawing when I get there. I'm never far away from the feeling that I want to be getting on with something.

Tags: Away, Far, Feeling

A lot of my travel is at least partly work, visiting schools and libraries, especially in France.

Tags: Schools, Travel, Work

Being positive may be a character defect of mine.

Tags: Character, May, Positive

Going to hospital is rather like going to an alien planet.

Tags: Hospital, Planet, Rather

Guinea pigs are quite difficult to draw, I think, because they're so furry.

Tags: Difficult, Draw, Quite

I do like children, but only as people. Not as if they're a special category.

Tags: Category, Children, Special

I don't feel as if I belong to an age group.

Tags: Age, Belong, Group

I don't like leaving work behind. I hate the idea that something might be happening on the drawing board at home that I am going to miss.

Tags: Hate, Home, Work

I draw every day - unless I'm being interviewed.

Tags: Draw, Unless

I find that I can't work and listen to radio - either I find I don't like it and it distracts me, or I do like it and I want to listen to it.

Tags: Either, Listen, Work

I have an assistant who's very good at email, so I don't struggle with it.

Tags: Email, Good, Struggle

I love the sea, but I avoid any sort of seaside resort that has skyscrapers or seaside entertainments.

Tags: Avoid, Love, Sea

I think it is the fact that birds are two-legged, like us, which gives them something of our balance and gesture and makes them nearer to us.

Tags: Balance, Fact, Makes

I'm trained as a teacher; that's the only thing I've got a certificate for.

Tags: Teacher, Trained

If you want to read and you want to draw, that helps you to express yourself.

Tags: Express, Read, Yourself

Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly.

Tags: Blessing, Happens, Mysterious

It was an accident of circumstance that I never married.

Tags: Accident, Married

Sometimes I think people get into trouble because they can't say what they want to.

Tags: Sometimes, Trouble

Sometimes people think drawing and painting is mucking about when actually it is a highly skilled activity.

Tags: Actually, Painting, Sometimes

Television is kind of a disappointment. I often want to watch it, but I find it quite hard - I don't like soaps, reality TV or celebrity chefs.

Tags: Hard, Often, Reality

The hateful thing about most hotels nowadays is that they only have duvets. I hate duvets.

Tags: Hate, Hateful, Nowadays

Well, one always has an instinct to be a painter, and I've done quite a lot of painting at one time or another, though not with any public success.

Tags: Done, Success, Time
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With my pictures, what I hope is that it encourages the reader to imagine more pictures of his own.

Tags: Hope, Imagine, Pictures

You see, I don't draw from life at all, but I do look out of my window a lot.

Tags: Draw, Life, Window

As an illustrator you need to understand the human body - but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you've seen and what you imagine.

Tags: Human, Nature, Understand

I don't have anything interesting to conceal or reveal in my private life, and it is really only my work and professional life that I want to talk about.

Tags: Life, Talk, Work
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