About Marc


Marc McBride is the illustrator of Emily Rodda's best selling  Deltora Quest series, which has sold over eighteen million copies. He has illustrated more than one hundred and fifty book covers, ten picture books, countless magazines and has had work exhibited with the New York Society of Illustrators. He has won  Aurealis Awards for the Deltora Quest series and World of Monsters, which  he wrote and illustrated. He is currently working on the covers for a new Deltora series as well as trying to meet the deadline for his new graphic novel.


During Marc’s presentation he explains the process of creating artwork, beginning with imagination and where ideas come from. He uses ideas from the audience to paint a dragon, explaining colour theory, light, shape, line and texture- the five elements of visual language. Using simple shapes he encourages children to draw with him and to ‘not be afraid of making mistakes’- after-all it is often a mistake in a drawing that becomes the inspiration for something truly original! The school gets to keep the final painting.

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To contact Marc for workshops/talks at your school or library, contact Booked Out Speakers Agency.