Matt Ottley – Illustration Workshop – Adult Program


Matt mixing colours

Friday 11th of September, 2015

Author, artist and musician, Matt Ottley spent over an hour sharing the finer art of picture book illustration or as he likes to call it ‘artworks in books’.

We looked at the importance of flow throughout the storyboard,  flow of perspectives and light and dark throughout the storyboard as well at the weight and importance of placement.


Matt with his picture book ‘Tree’

Matt has had 28 books published in a range of media. He talked about Teacup which he created as large paintings with traditional media whereas Suri’s Wall has been created digitally.

We briefly looked at creating characters, starting with scribbles drawn while imaging a variety of feelings and moving to a drawing a face from the principles of dynamic anatomy.

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Matt demonstrated how he mixes skin colour. Matt has a good grasp on colour mixing technically as to everyone’s surprise we learned Matt is colour blind.

Matt Ottley is a multi-award-winning picture book writer and illustrator. He spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea, and has traveled widely throughout Australia and the world. He worked for some years as a stockman on remote cattle stations in the Australian outback, then went on to study fine arts and music at college and university. He lived for three years in Britain where he worked as an equestrian painter. His controversial book and musical work for young adults, Requiem for a Beast was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year in 2008, and the Queensland Premier’s Award for Young Adult Literature in the same year. Matt’s work has been translated into many languages and his picture book What Faust Saw was an international bestseller. Matt continues to work as an author, illustrator and composer.

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Yvonne Mes, Author of Meet Sidney Nolan and Oliver’s Grumbles


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