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Niki Daly: - "When I am planning the illustrations for a new book, I find myself staring at people as if to imprint them on my mind. Then I go to my studio and draw from memory. I draw a character over and over, until it materializes unmistakably before me on the page. Then I find I can draw that person from any angle, with any expression, in any mood"

An Interview with Niki Daly: - "Over the years I’ve experimented with different techniques. I taught illustration and that helped me to see that illustration techniques are an exact way of appreciating the personality behind the tools and materials. I think what is essential in my work is connected to what I call the pulse or rhythm. My wife can spend a week on one illustration. For me it’s two days. If I extend that time, you can be sure I’m going to screw it up."

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Niki Daly 2013 winner of the IBBY SA Award with The Herd Boy ….

Niki Daly 2013 winner of the IBBY SA Award with The Herd Boy …. |

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Niki Daly 2013 winner of the IBBY SA Award with The Herd Boy ….

Niki: Earlier work such as Zanzibar Road and Pretty Salma combined pencil on paper (for the line and shading) and were then scanned and coloured on the computer. Both of those books are done in a cartoon style and I was after an effect close to lithograph prints. That is, using flat colours over a pencil drawing. With A Song for Jamela, my hand did not touch paper.