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Drawn from the Heart: A Memoir

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A vivid, searching memoir of life, love, and bookmaking by a master of the art of picture booksRon Brooks grew up a country boy with a yen for drawing and observation of the life around him. He became an acknowledged master of the picture-book form, winning acclaim both nationally and internationally for classics such as The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek and John Brown, Rose ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin (first published November 1st 2010)
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Brooks is one of Australia’s most successful and best-loved illustrators of children’s picture books. His collaborations with great writers like Jenny Wagner and Margaret Wild have been sold all over the world to great acclaim and have contributed to Australia’s pre-eminent place in the world of children’s picture books. This memoir begins with the story of his childhood, and how he found his vocation, and then takes us through the story of how some of his books emerged from his imagination to t ...more
This seems to be a painfully honest autobiography by a self-critical artist of children's books. I loved the mixture of his illustrations and his descriptions of how he created them. It was lovely to see his dummies alongside his final drawings.
Steve lovell
This is the memoir of an imperfect man who attempted to produce the perfect illustration, over and over again. Most would say on most occasions he succeeded. He was driven to this by invariably a perfect set of words, in his view, to give justice to. In doing so he has produced a number of our country’s defining picture books – contemporary classics – ‘must haves’ for libraries and discerning homes around Australia and beyond.
After reading his autobiographical, thought provoking tome I am given
Like most autobiographies, this begins by recounting tales and experiences from childhood. Well written and interesting, there is little unexpected here. Most of the book is structured chapter by chapter around each of the books Brooks has illustrated, so there is as much focus given to his art as to his life, with fairly detailed accounts given of his artistic decision making. If you're interested in knowing more about the process of creating picture books, you'll find this fascinating. As the ...more
This book was unforgettable, a real story of a creative life, the struggles, as well as the highlights. Ron explores the relationship between the written word and how to interpret through the visual art of picture books. Ron also talks about the practical stuff of getting a picture book published and the collaboration required from editors and writers. A wonderful poetic read.
Although this account of a well-known Australian illustrator's work and life has some blurry areas where the author has (understandably) withheld some personal information, his clear, vivid writing about the creative process and about growing up poor in rural Australia make this an engaging read.
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