Christine Battuz studied drawing and painting in Italy and has illustrated many children’s books. Working internationally, she speaks both English and French. She lives in Quebec, where she also shares her passion for books and art with Quebec schoolchildren through their “artists at school” program.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
An old fairy tales book my grand-mother gave me and a “how to draw” book for children (I’ve had it since I was 5)
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Lisbeth zwerger, Wolf Elbruch, David Roberts, Matt Stephen
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I think I was born to be an illustrator! I began to illustrate as soon as I was able to hold a pen in my hand. I mean…As far as I can remember, I have always been into drawings. I have been drawing all my life. I draw, I paint, I teach drawing and wartercolor techniques. I draw at work as an illustrator, I draw after work to relax, I draw while travelling. When someone asked me as a kid what I wanted to do my answer was drawing. So, when the time came, I went to Italy to study art and drawing at the Accademia delle belle Arti P.Vannucci di Perugia.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Be patient, never stop learning, be curious and inventive. Improve your work constantly. Listen to your clients.