Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Bookbag interview

Hot on the heels of the very amazingly nice review for LIMELIGHT LARRY from Bookbag...
there is an interview from me on their site HERE.
I do hope my answers aren't tooo silly (was a trifle sleepity when I answered them).


  1. just the right amount of silliness, I'd say. Lovely interview.

  2. Hello Ms. Leigh Hodgkinson,

    How are you? I hope all is well!

    I'm sorry to try to reach you this way. I know it's really informal but I try several times to email you but in vain. I don't know why but I do apologize for posting a long comment.

    My name is Ting-Ting Yang. I’m a student from University of South Carolina in USA. My major is studio art and concentration on graphic design. In fact, I have been interested in illustration for quite a while and now I’m taking illustration this semester and our current assignment is to interview an illustrator that we like (FYI: my professor is Marius Valdes (I love his work as well!)- http://zoovaldes.com/). So I right away think about you, Ms. Hodgkinson! I have been a huge fan of you. I remember the first time I ever read your lovely picture book I fell in love with it! I have a little collection of your books but it’s somehow a little bit difficult to find in the United States, I usually order it from the UK. So far I own three books from you! I have the Smile!, Limelight Larry, and I just got Scrummy! last month and am still waiting Amazon to ship Colin and the Wrong Shadow! I really love your style! I love the family of Sunny McCloud! I also have younger twin brothers!

    I understand you must be very busy and have no time for this kind of interview but could you please at least provide me with some information! I really appreciate that! Thank you so much! I usually check your blog every now and just by looking at those wonderful pictures already make me very happy :) Your work has become my inspiration! That’s why I hope I could really use this special opportunity to interview you and to know more and learn more about you and your fantastic work!

    Below are 21 interview questions:

    1) What’s your favorite color? (Mine is yellow! Love the cover of Smile! It’s YELLOW!)

    2) What’s your favorite food?

    3) What’s your favorite place or country?

    4) What’s your favorite kind of music?

    5) What animal would you use to describe yourself?

    6) What’s your favorite book?

    7) What’s your favorite movie?

    8) What’s your favorite quote?

    9) What would you do if you have a time machine?

    10) Do you actually prefer handmade stuff better than mechanically digital ones?

    11) Have you always known you wanted to be an illustrator? Did you study illustration? How did you decide to become an illustrator?

    12) What tools and materials do you use to produce your work?

    13) Can you explain a little about your process when creating an illustration?

    14) How did your style of work develop?

    15) Where do you find your inspiration and where do your creative ideas come from?

    16) Do you ever struggle to come up with new ideas or worry that they would run out?

    17) What’s your philosophy for making art?

    18) How long does it usually take you to create an illustration?

    19) What has been your favorite project to date?

    20) What advice would you give to college students who would like to pursue illustration as their career?

    21) What are you currently working on?

    My apology for any of your inconvenience. But I do greatly appreciate your patience and your time. Thanks in advance for you help.
    If you have any question please feel free to let me know!
    Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    Ting-Ting Yang