Marc McBride

Marc McBride is the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling series Deltora Quest, which has sold over eighteen million copies around the world and has become an Anime TV show.

He has illustrated more than two hundred book covers, ten picture books, countless magazines and has had work exhibited with the New York Society of Illustrators International Show. He has won Aurealis Awards for the Deltora Quest series and World of Monsters, which he wrote and illustrated. His book, The Glimme was Honour Book in the 2020 CBCA awards. His latest book is The Song of Lewis Carmichael, written by Sofie Laguna. The House on Pleasant Street, also written by Sofie Laguna, is published by Allen and Unwin in August this year.

During the presentation Marc will talk about the unique collaboration he enjoys with Emily Rodda. He will paint a character from Deltora Quest during the presentation as he explains the process of creating artwork, beginning with imagination and where ideas come from. He uses ideas from the audience, explaining colour theory, light, shape, line and texture- the five elements of visual language. Using simple shapes he encourages the students 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.

Published Titles

The Song of Lewis Carmichael, Allen and Unwin, 2021

Written by Sofie Laguna

The Glimme, Scholastic Australia, 2019

Written by Emily Rodda