QnA with Marc Martin

We're very happy that Marc Martin has also taken some time out to answer our little questions:

Hi there Marc,
What is the first drawing that you remember doing?

My memory is terrible, but I have vague recollections of drawing some pretty good whales spouting water through their blowholes for a school project about water. I’m pretty sure it was for the cover of the project, and I may have spent more time on the cover than the actual content!

Was there a special book for you growing up, and what was it?

My favourite picture book was probably Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker. The combination of unique illustrations and an evocative narrative resonated with me. 
From 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker

From 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker

How does it feel to excite young minds and do you consider yourself as a child when creating your images?

It’s great knowing that the books I make can impact young lives for the positive. It’s always nice to get an email or letter from a teacher or child who’s been inspired by what I do. 
In terms of creating images for the books, I just try to make artwork that’s as equally appealing to parents as it is to children (after all, parents are the people buying the books!). I try not to think about who’s going to be reading the books or what age they are, just that they’re stimulating to a wide audience. 

How does your work keep you young ... or doesn't it?

I work pretty hard, so not really sure that it’s keeping me young :)

What was the experience seeing your work published in a book for the first time?

It was pretty exciting going into a bookstore and seeing my book on the bookshelves amongst other picture book authors and illustrators I admire.
"A Forest" self-published 2008, and "A Forest" Penguin 2012.

"A Forest" self-published 2008, and "A Forest" Penguin 2012.

Can you let us know what's currently in your CD player/ on your Turntable/ in your Spotify queue?

Right now I’ve been listening to the new Radiohead album a lot, and going through their back catalogue. They’re one of those bands that has been consistently good at what they do throughout the years, and always exploring and pushing boundaries - something I’d like to try and do with my own practice.  

Thank you Marc!

Come along on Friday (19th August) at 6PM as we launch SCAPES, featuring three beautiful prints from Marc, along with many other show-stoppers!