Our chat with Paul…
And I’ve always drawn. Sketchbooks right back to school age.
We made dens and climbed tress and had adventures but then to discover that a cave boy was living and existing in similar conditions and having fun everyday was brilliant. I used to play at being Stig of the dump. One memorable but worrying memory was stealing a large vat of mushy peas from behind a chippy and taking them to our den for a feast.
Your voice is you! You don’t have to pretend that you’re another Oliver Jeffers or Roald Dahl to succeed. YOU are something new and unique and presented well will be a breath of fresh air to the editors reading your submission.
I remember a friend telephoning to say he’d had a busy morning in horrible meetings and felt stressed,.. he asked what I was doing and I was making plasticine frogs as reference for a print. I felt a bit guilty along with the pleasure.