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Born 1934. Studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade School of Art, London. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, as well as numerous other awards.

image from Ethel & Ernest

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Raymond Briggs, Ethel & Ernest, first published in Britain by Jonathan Cape, 1998, © Raymond Briggs

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"The essence of being able to draw from memory is to be a mini-actor"

Raymond Briggs is one of the foremost creators of illustrated books for adults and children. "Usually stories just happen, I don't plan them except The Snowman - after Fungus the Bogeyman - after all that slime I really felt the need for something clean and pleasant".

Magic Word: Reality
"Most of my ideas seem to be based on a simple premise; let's assume that something imaginary- a snowman, a Bogeyman, a father Christmas- is wholly real and proceed logically from there". More

Magic tricks of his trade
"I always used to draw in pencil, then go over it in ink. But the drawings lost a lot of their freshness. To keep the spontaneity I now make photocopies of my pencil drawings, then work on those with colour. I make several copies so, if I muck it up I just start again and I've still got the original drawing. Using crayons, I find the colour grows into the picture and you get a certain softness".

His parents

The Snowman
Father Christmas
The Bear
When The Wind Blows

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