Find out more about new Five Quills illustrator James Brown with these ten facts.

1. Lives in Nottingham

James-Brown-Nottingham-Illustrator2. Illustrates Chapter books and picture books.

3. Favourite books

As an English secondary school teacher I have too many favourite novels, plays and poems to mention! As a child I loved Errol le Cain’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Joan Aiken’s The Wolves Chronicles, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising series, Brian Jacques’ Redwall books, Robin Jarvis’s author-illustrated works, The Deptford Mice series and The Whitby Witches.

4. Favourite animal

My three-legged cat, Peg.

5. Favourite game

‘Snappy Snapper’, when I pretend to be a nipping crab in the swimming pool with my daughters.

Moana © Disney6. Favourite movie

I love films, particularly period dramas like The Imitation Game but most often I watch TV adaptations of literature such as War and Peace and The Golden Crown. Disney’s Moana was stunning.

7. Favourite illustrating tool

Faber-Castell crayons.

8. Favourite place to illustrate

Using an iPad Pro means I am pretty mobile. For my watercolour, gouache or crayon artwork I work mostly in the living room where my desk is set up. I also like sketching on the train.

9. Favourite illustrators

Sara Ogilvie and Marc Boutavant.

10. Creative mantra

Don’t be too precious, be flexible and try new things.

James Brown Illustrator at home | @5Quills_kids












Edited by Janey Robinson

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