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Born 1938. Studied at Liverpool School of Art. Multi-award-winning Tony Ross has become one of the best-known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been published all over the world.

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Tony Ross, I want to be a cowgirl by Jeanne Willis, first published in Britain by Andersen Press, 2001, illustration Tony Ross

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"It's good to keep changing - it makes you feel you are learning something".

"My work changes according to the text. It's such a great luxury to read a text and just draw, without worrying about style. And it's good to keep changing - it makes you feel you are learning something".

In his books Tony Ross has illustrated many contemporary authors as well as re-illustarting many classics. I Want My Potty is his favourite of his own books.

Magic Word: Line
"Line is the most important element in my work - the line is the basis of the whole thing. If it works in line it works; if it doesn't work in line it's no good. To me colour always comes second".

Magic tricks of his trade
"I draw mostly with what I call a post office pen - a dip pen. It all depends on the nib. I had one nib for 20 years. It was perfect, all scratchy, bendy, blunt and full of character".

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I want a cat

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