Meet Raymond Briggs …

Meet Raymond Briggs …

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Photograph: Felix Clay/for the Guardian.

Raymond Briggs (born 18 January 1934) is an award-winning English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. His stories include The Snowman, Father Christmas and Fungus the Bogeyman.

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The Snowman author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, 82, in the studio at his Sussex home.

 In a recent interview with the Daily Mail he spoke about his studio.

“I’ve lived in this house for almost 50 years and I have a wonderful landscape view – 26 miles across the Sussex Weald to Ashdown Forest. It’s a great privilege to have that. All of my most famous works were done at this desk – from The Snowman to When The Wind Blows and Unlucky Wally.”

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He was also a featured author in the Guardian Writers Rooms series in 2007.

“The kind of work I do, which involves writing, designing and illustrating, needs a lot of space. This room is about 14 x 28 feet and is nowhere near big enough. This picture shows just a corner of it. There is also an ex-billiards table covered in equipment which the lucky scribbly-tappy writer does not need.

First you write it, then you design the typography and lay out the hand lettering. This gives you some idea of the space you are going to need, so you can then design the format, the pagination and the grid. This will show what space is left for illustrations. You light-box off the grid on to 50 or more sheets of watercolour paper and paste up the type and lettering. This gives you the layout. Now you can start.”

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