Interview with Stuart Lynch
What was your inspiration for the monsters in this book?
I have drawn lots of monsters before for many design projects: kids pyjamas, birthday cards, toys and jigsaw puzzles… (and even underpants! I used to work for Primark – hence Monster pants!) The monsters for this book had to be quite chunky to fill the size of the page, and also to fit the touchy-feely bit. I wanted them to be big, bright and most of all fun (and not too scary!)
Where do you find you work best when creating new illustrations?
I work from home and my desk is by the window so I can see out into the garden. I live in Worthing, West Sussex and the beach is at the end of our road – unfortunately, the plug on my computer doesn’t stretch that far, but I make sure I get to the beach each day. A quick burst of fresh air always helps when I get stuck on a project, and there is always something to see down at the beach…
Which is your favourite monster?
I like the monster who is sticking his tongue out – he’s a bit cheeky! :)
What would be your top tip for how to draw your own monster?
Let you imagination go wild… your monster can look however you want it to look… draw lots and lots and don’t worry about making mistakes – sometimes mistakes are the best ideas you have all day!