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Dub is Australia’s Premier Indigenous Illustrator of children’s books and has taught Illustration workshops in over 200 schools across Australia and abroad. Having won numerous awards in his career spanning over 22yrs, Dub’s work is held in private & public collections around the world including The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
I was born in Sydney, but grew up in a little town called Quirindi not far from Tamworth in NSW.
I like this question. I’ve done everything from flag waving for cropduster planes out bush & being a Fishmonger in Fremantle to working as a Deckhand on Sydney Harbour. My first full time job was an animator working on Dreamtime stories for the ABC when I was 19. My last full-time job was that of a Cook at an Aboriginal Hostel in Sydney.
I tend to illustrate a lot of Indigenous themes in my work as well as the natural world. I sneak a lot of illustrations of birds into my work because I’m a frustrated Ornithologist at heart.
A few come to mind – watching Buzz Aldrin shake hands with Geronimo’s great grandson over our table in the U.S was pretty cool. Having a book in permanent collection in The Library of Congress in the U.S is also a bit mind- blowing. Being in this business, you get to meet some really cool people- everywhere from Hollywood directors to some seriously talented writers & artists. Illustrating the book, Sorry Day was something close to my heart and an important part of Australian literature that I’m proud of.
My work has been published mainly here in Australia, but also in Spain.
Children realising their value & potential – particularly Indigenous children and those affected by trauma. I’m also a softie for the natural world & all it’s creatures – particularly the small ones.
Hmmm – do you watch Australia’s Most Wanted? This Witness Protection Program is not worth the subscription. Obviously! This Q&A never happened. 😉
Coffee, if you’ve got time – I’ll even throw in some cake, if you want. What’s that? No, I’m not Robert Downey Jr’s stunt double. That’s kind of you to say – Two coffees to go thanks.