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Born 1936. Studied at Central School of Art and Design, London. He is married to Helen Oxenbury, another popular children's illustrator.
One of Britain's most distinguished illustrators, John Burningham's appeal is recognised the world over.
He has won the Kate Greenaway medal twice.
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John Burningham, Whadayamean, first published in Britain by Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1999 © John Burningham

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"Drawing is like playing the piano"

"My audience is not just children but people. I'm working towards simplification but away from childish things".
His first book was published in 1963. Many more have followed.

Magic Word: Practice
"Drawing is like playing the piano; it's not a mechanical skill like bricklaying and you have to practise constantly to keep it fluent. Even after 40 years it doesn't get any easier". More

Magic tricks of his trade
"When I draw I'm conscious of looking for a lively line - though what defines a lively line is difficult to say- but a bald outline would not be very interesting, obviously. A dipping pen is good - the weight of the line alters the pressure you put on, so you get a bit of variety".

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Granpa
Oi! Get off my train


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