STEP INTO PETER WILLIS'S STUDIO
British children's book illustrator Peter Willis is Mims House Books’ featured illustrator for Children’s Book Week 2022
When you feel creative, do you want a space alone by yourself? Or do you want to work in middle of everything? What do you think Peter Willis likes?
ASK PETER WILLIS
Q: Do you have a studio where you work?
No, I don’t! I work on my kitchen table at home in Newcastle. I like a lot of noise around me when I’m working so a lot of the time, we have friends popping in, traffic going by, people making a cup of tea etc.
When I’m working, I usually listen to the Football on the radio (Newcastle United) or I watch a DVD on my lap top of something that is a bit related to the book – So for The Nantucket Sea Monster I was watching Jaws or Moby Dick.
We have a caravan (travel trailer) just over the border in Scotland as well, so I do a lot of work there when it is too wet to go out – which is basically all the time!!!
Q: With eight books out now and one more coming in 2023, which one is your favorite book?
That is incredibly difficult as I have really enjoyed doing every one of them for various reasons. If I was pushed, I would have to say The Nantucket Sea Monster as I have been on holiday in that area and have real affection for it. I also love the way America looked during that period (the 1930s). It seemed very colorful compared to what England looked like at the time.
While Peter is a book illustrator, he also does many other types of art. Come back tomorrow to see what else he’s working on!
RESOURCES - READ MORE ABOUT PETER WILLIS
- From the Sketchbook: Peter Willis, The Children’s Book Council, May 14, 2019
- 2021 How Do You Draw activity – Napoleon. Download the Drawing Activity Printable here.
- 2022 How Do You Draw activity – pirate. Download the Drawing Activity Printable here.
- See Peter Willis’s art in the Moments in Science Series