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Born 1938. Studied at Lowestoft Art School; St Martin's School of Art, London and the Royal College of Art, London .
He has twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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Michael Foreman. War Boy A Country Childhood, first published in Britain by Pavilion Books Ltd, 1989 © Michael Foreman

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"It's a question of creating another world, believable in its own right"

"I keep trying to make things more real, not in a literal photographic sense, but in an emotional sense , telling a story by capturing the essence of the situation, giving it some meaning"

Michael Foreman is the award-winning illustrator of over 170 books, 20 of which he has written himself.

Magic Word: Response
"When I was a student I learnt to respond instantly to text - I drew for the newspapers and for the police drawing female suspects when Identikit only catered for men. A travel scholarship took me all around the world, drawing landscapes, architecture, wildlife, everything".

Magic tricks of his trade
Michael Foreman produces sensational watercolours but says: "It's all in the drawing. It's a question of creating another world, believable in its own right. I think I was very lucky to have started art school so young when they actually taught Art. It was a rigorous training - not just painting and drawing from life - but hours of anatomy and perspective.... it really taught you to understand what you were looking at".

Comics and newspapers
Edward Ardizzone - creator of Little Tim
Durtch painters Brueghel and Bosch for their period detail.

War Game

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