Anthony Browne … Gorilla in the Midst
Anthony Browne is a British writer and illustrator of children’s books, primarily picture books, with nearly forty titles to his name. For his lasting contribution as a children’s illustrator he won the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books. From 2009 to 2011 he was Children’s Laureate. His books include Gorilla (1983), Willy the Wimp (1984), The Tunnel (1989), and Changes (1990)
In an interview with The Guardian he spoke about the studio at his home in Kent :
This is my wonderfully light-filled studio, the conservatory at the back of my house in Kent. It’s where I do all my illustration work – the words can come to me anywhere. I work fairly normal office hours, starting at 9.30am and usually finishing late afternoon/early evening. Although I have two good Anglepoise lights, I much prefer to work by daylight.
Most of the day I work standing up, as I once read somewhere that it’s the best position for the back. The laptop I use mostly to play music as I work – an eclectic mixture of jazz, classical and pop. I’m impressed by the way some illustrators develop their images on computers, but it’s too late for me to start and I’m still in love with paper and paint and pencils.