Richard Watson

I was born in 1980 and grew up in a small village in North Lincolnshire.

As a young child I was a very avid reader and loved to immerse myself in a book, especially those of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, my favourite being a very well read copy of the Big Friendly Giant!

My brother and I were forever drawing and coming up with our own stories and comics during the school summer holidays and it is something that has always been a part of who I am. I particularly remember scribbling and doodling various characters over paper which had been brought home by my dad from work, the company name and address printed in red all over one side but it didn’t matter!

All through school I was interested in art and found that it was something I was naturally good at, this led me on to take the subject at A level in which I received an A grade.

I studied illustration at Lincoln University School of Art and Design and achieved a first class BA honours degree upon graduating. I began working as an illustrator soon after leaving University in 2003 having been taken on by the Bright Agency.

I use a range of techniques to produce my artwork mixing traditional drawing and painting with collage and mixed media. I am always trying to experiment and develop my style and am constantly buying and collecting interesting children’s books and books on art and illustration as a means of inspiration. I also love visiting galleries, watching films, and music.

Awards

Winner of the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2018: Best Picture Book, with ‘Game of Stones’.

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