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All Quotes by author - Chris Riddell
" A drop in younger children visiting libraries is of great concern. As children's laureate, I am passionate about the role of libraries, both in schools and in the wider community. They are unique places where children can begin their journey as readers, as well as being creative hubs. "
" Anyone can look through my sketchbooks as long as they don't have a background in psychiatric medicine. "
" As a child, I copied Tenniel's illustrations from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' obsessively, particularly his drawing of the white rabbit in waistcoat and frockcoat, umbrella tucked under one arm and a fob watch in paw, a look of suppressed panic in his eye. "
" As the Kindle's dread grip on digital publishing is challenged by tablet computers and Android smartphones, with their bright screens and high resolution, the need for illustration is growing. "
" Do you have hands? Excellent. That's a good start. Can you hold a pencil? Great. If you have a sketchbook, open it and start by making a line, a mark, wherever. Doodle. "
" Go out and find a copy of 'The Shrinking Of Treehorn' and its sequel, 'Treehorn's Treasure.' Written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by the great Edward Gorey, master of the gothic and the macabre, these books are small masterpieces. "
" I don't feel uncomfortable in forbidding institutions, and work with, say, prisons or psychiatric institutions could be one of the things that evolve out of the Laureateship. "
" I'm calling myself 'The Doodler,' and with the simple addition of a small burglar's mask, I achieve utter anonymity. "
" I'm interested in illustration in all its forms. Not only in books for children but in posters, prints and performance as a way of drawing people into books and stories. "
" I'm not a painter by any stretch of the imagination; I'm a dyed-in-the-wool traditional illustrator, and I begin with black and white. If I need colour, I add it over the top. There's a calligraphic element to it... it's about the texture of lines on the page. "
Black And White
" In the digital future, texts will be annotated visually, animated and illustrated like never before. The austere 'prayer book' paper that permitted the space for Shepard's illustrations to Pepys' diaries is now being recreated in the digital era. "
" I think stories can grow out of the visual. It can be an engine for literacy. "
" I want to bring drawing back to the basics, make it about the pleasure that it can afford and remove the notion that it's some kind of precious or difficult activity. It's another way of telling a story. "
" I want to put the joy of creativity, of drawing every day, of having a go and being surprised at what one can achieve with just a pencil and an idea at the heart of my term as laureate. I want to make sure people have fun whilst addressing fundamental issues I care about passionately. "
" I want to show how much fun you can have drawing... parents and children can draw together as a wonderful shared activity. "
" I would like to say to children, 'Don't stop drawing. Don't tell yourself you can't draw.' Everyone can draw. If you make a mark on a page, you can draw. "
" Lose your inhibitions about drawing and just do it. "
Just Do It
" My sketchbook is not sacrosanct, and my children would draw on one page while I drew on the other. It was something we shared. "
" No politician would ever comment on a cartoon unless it was to show what a great sense of humour they have, that they can laugh at themselves. "
" Roald Dahl worked with other illustrators, but it was only when he teamed up with Quentin Blake that the chemistry began to fizz. Quentin Blake is Britain's greatest living illustrator and has that special talent all the great illustrators have, of unobtrusive brilliance. "
" School librarians play such an enormous role in bringing children to books they are going to enjoy. It's a magic alchemy when that works. "
" The 'Chronicles of Narnia' have been favourites of mine since my childhood when I misread 'Aslan' as 'Alsatian' and was struck by the genius of naming a lion after a dog! "
" The computer is a tool, just like pencil or charcoal, allowing illustrators to manipulate images from their sketchbooks. "
" The writing process isn't something I'm in love with. I'm an illustrator who writes. "
" When I left art school and went in search of work, visiting publishers and showing them my drawings and illustrations, I was met with a polite and sometimes enthusiastic response but no commissions. "
" Wherever there are words, let there be pictures. "
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