Louise Phillips - Illustrator

Louise Phillips

Kamloops, British Columbia.

November 9th.

Where do you live now?
Toronto, Ontario.

When did you start drawing?
As soon as I could hold a crayon.

What materials do you use to create your illustrations?
I use many different mediums. Pencil gives you rough, broken, black lines. I use brush marker for lines that look painted, and I use my computer to add areas of flat color.

Do you have any pets?
Unfortunately, Max, our dalmatian, became very sick and died last spring at the age of 12 1/2. Rolf, however, has an aquarium with tropical freshwater fish.

What are your hobbies?
Papier-mâché sculpture and paintings, gardening, distance swimming, long walks and hikes.

What is your favorite food?
A special pear pastry from Lucerne, Switzerland, anything toasted, salty and dry, and cups and cups of tea!

What was your training or schooling?
I completed a two-year diploma at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

How did you get involved with children's books?
Kids Can Press saw my work and called me.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
Learn everything you can, try everything you can and do what you like most.

What is your favorite book?
I really don't have a “favorite” book; I read a lot, anything from literature to mysteries. I do have all of Michael Ondaatje's stories (but none of his poetry) and have read In the Skin of a Lion and The English Patient more than once. I try to read as many Canadian authors as I can. I like the books and illustrations of Lucy Cousins.

What is the thing you like the most about creating kids' books?
Getting the first copy and the thrill of seeing the completed book. Having someone tell me they liked it.

Where do you work?
Home office/studio.

How do you research or create your illustrations?
The library is a good resource; also, actual models are essential for how-to books.

Where do you get your ideas?
They just come when I start working with a pencil and paper.

What's your greatest childhood memory?
Walking in the woods with my mother.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a greeting card illustrator.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you've ever had?
Painting a logo on a huge, live cow for a milk commercial.
Other interesting Louise Phillips trivia: I have lived in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. I do some volunteer ESL.

The Jumbo Book of Music

2001 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2001 - Parents' Choice Award, Winner

Picture Books