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Jules is a mostly self taught illustrator who has worked in a wide variety of artistic pursuits, including kids books, animation, comics, comic strips, editorial cartooning and caricature. He is a multi-award-winner, a former TAFE teacher and has held hundreds of workshops for people of all ages.
I was born in Blacktown, Sydney but never lived there.
I’ve worked as a retail salesman, a lab assistant, a barman, a yardsman and even as a mechanic while pursuing my dream of full time illustrating.
I like to work in all different areas of cartooning and illustration so I’m not sure if I have recurring themes or not. Does sneaking pictures of my daughter into crowd scenes count?
I have met so many of the people I grew up admiring, but the time I was invited to meet my childhood inspiration Mr Squiggle and his best friend Norman Hetherington at his home studio was one of the best days of not only my career but of my life!
Being President of the Australian Cartoonists Association is also something I’m incredibly proud of.
My kids books have been published all over Australia and New Zealand. When I worked in newspapers they were published in northern NSW and Qld. And I guess when I worked on a Disney animated series, it went all over the world!
I’m passionate about two things: Cartooning and Childhood Literacy. I will encourage both wherever and however I can.
Maybe. I appear on TV every so often but you’ve more likely heard me on national radio speaking about cartooning or animation or comics or something.
I firmly believe that everyone is a cartoonist and I’ve developed means to assist people in bringing that out of themselves. No one should be afraid to draw or afraid of what others think of their work yet we are. I think that’s silly. Drawing was the very first media, right up there on cave walls. It’s inside all of us and belongs outside of us. Never be afraid to draw because no one can get worse at it. We only improve.
Jules was very engaging and the students really enjoyed the drawing activity. It was terrific, highly recommended. Perfect for Grades 3 and 4.