From YA to fantasy to sci-fi, illustrators are frequently asked to create wildly imaginary worlds for the page. But how exactly does someone draw a realm they can never visit? In this session, renowned illustrators discuss this question, explain how to draw a fantasy-world map and show examples of their previous work. Expand your imagination with author and illustrator Chris Riddell, Oscar–winning animator Shaun Tan, award–winning children’s illustrator Nicki Greenberg and A Song of Ice & Fire illustrator Levi Pinfold. Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Chris Riddell (International)

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Chris Riddell, 2015–2017 UK Children’s Laureate and accomplished artist and cartoonist, has won major book prizes including the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Award for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. Other works include collaborations with Paul Stewart on Muddle Earth and the Scavenger series.

Shaun Tan (Australian)

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Shaun Tan works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and won an Academy Award for the short animated film The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in recognition of his services to literature for young people. His most recently published book of artwork related to Grimms' fairy tales is The Singing Bones.

Levi Pinfold (Australian)

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Levi Pinfold is the cover illustrator of the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Hogwarts House editions. Levi has been drawing from imagination for as long as he can remember. His published picture books are The Django, Greenling and Black Dog, which won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2013. He is also the illustrator of The Song from Somewhere Else, written by A.F. Harrold. Originally from the UK, Levi now lives in northern NSW. He likes paintings, books, music, and some cats.

Nicki Greenberg (Australian)

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Nicki Greenberg is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her books include critically acclaimed adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet (Winner, CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2011) and a wide variety of books for younger readers, including the popular Naughtiest Reindeer series. Nicki's latest releases include a raucous picture book called Meerkat Choir, and an illustrated middle-grade novel, The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch (Bad Teacher. Worse Witch).