Garry Parsons

Pick up some top tips from illustrator Garry Parsons

Garry Parsons Drawing at the Roald Dahl Museum

Illustrator of The Dragonsitter, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012, Garry Parsons shares his tips for creative drawing.

1. If you happen to be stuck for ideas what to draw, just put your pencil on the page, draw a line and see where it takes you.

2. Pencils and rubbers are a heavenly match! Rubbers are as important to making a drawing as the pencil. So if your drawing is not going how you’d like, don’t screw it up and throw it away, get the help of your rubber.

3. Try drawing what’s around you without moving from your seat. (Brilliant for train journeys). It might be your sister, the dog, a wardrobe, a coffee cup or a gorilla riding a unicycle with a flat tyre. Who knows? Endless possibilities for being creative.

4. Play a game of ‘Consequences’ with your friends. I love this drawing game. Each take a piece of paper and draw a head and two lines for the neck. Fold the paper over to hide the head leaving the lines for the neck visible and pass it to your friend. Everyone gets a turn at drawing the body and so on until you reach the feet. Then unravel for astonishing results.

Learn more about Garry Parsons and his wondercrump illustrations on his website.