Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
I am an Illustrator, author born in Scotland and living in London. I've made artwork for clients worldwide ranging from The Guardian Newspaper, Royal Mail Stamps, Jamie Oliver Cook books, Ford cars to Samsung. (short bio at end of email)
I now make art books to encourage children to develop their skills and thinking and for adults to overcome the fear of drawing and rediscover that making things with their hands makes you happy.
Tell us a bit about the book?
I wanted to help people step into the shoes of a great artist; learning a technique they used or momentarily adopting their way of thinking.
It's a book that gives away secrets. The projects range from making photo collages like surrealist Hannah Hoch, cardboard relief painting like Ben Nicholson, printing with foam to ink blotting drawing like Andy Warhol.
What was the inspiration behind it?
It was an idea developed from my first book "lets Make Some Great Art" People really responded to the artists activity pages so I developed them in a more focused way.
Which is your favourite project?
My favourite project in the book is 'Destroyed Drawings' inspired by Philip Guston an American painter who frequently destroyed his paintings before starting again. I think it's incredibly liberating and stops you feeling precious or scared about what you are making.
What is your craft space like?
I have a studio that is an old shoe factory, it's quite big and open plan. I work alongside 24 other creative people from Architects to designers. We share the space and ideas and it's incredibly sociable an fun. My particular space is quite messy with lots of art materials on a few desks. On another desk I have a computer, scanner and printer where I assemble and manipulate my work.
Have you always been creative?
We are all creative. I was interested in drawing from a young age and had the temperament to draw for many hours.
When did you first start crafting?
I remember making some toy 'flumps' out of felt and stitching. I also made Barbapapa inspired figures by painting smooth beany shaped pebbles. I had a lot more patience when I was younger and spent hours making tiny little things by hand.
Who are your crafty heroes?
Favourite authors Dr Zeuss, American Folk Art.
Where do you find inspiration?
I live in a thriving, bustling inspiring city (London). There is constant stimulus, sometimes too much.
• What's next for you?
What's next for you?
I'm working on a book of Surrealist Games to help you make art by playing.
In this imaginative new activity book, Marion Deuchars makes learning about art fun. Young readers are introduced to more than thirty great artists, then encouraged to try out the techniques that lie behind their greatest works.
Short and accessible facts about each artist's life and works are followed by creative projects that Marion has devised based on the artist's particular techniques.
Take your pencil for a walk in the spirit of Paul Klee, experiment with color like Joan Miró, or create your own surrealist-inspired artwork.