Find out all about Wilf
My passion for art began in childhood watching Disney's movies on TV. I remember with great fondness watching The Rescuers with my family at the local cinema and demanding that I stay behind as the credits rolled. I was rather obsessed with the amount of people involved in making an animated movie.
It was only when I reached adulthood that I discovered the art team responsible for The Rescuers were some of the finest talents in cartoon animation: Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Glen Keane, Don Bluth, Walt Stanchfield, Gary Goldman, Wollie Reitherman, John Lounsbery, to name but a few.
Over the years my art style has varied as I try new techniques, but my heart is with cartoon.
I've accumulated endless amounts of sketchbooks and still have many from my college days. But these days I am largely digital and produce work using Wacom's Cintiq hardware on iMac with Corel's excellent Painter application.
Rather than write a lengthy 'about' section, here are a few questions that I have been asked by children during my school visits.
What inspires you?
Oh gosh, everything! I am a huge fan of watching things. People, animals, nature. I also love to read books and watch films. My stories are usually always a combination of things that I have found interesting in all of these things.
Who is your favourite artist?
A great question! My favourite artist is a cartoon animator called Preston Blair. He worked on so many of the cartoons that I loved as a boy and still love today. I would encourage you to search for him and his wonderful books on cartooning.
What is your favourite book?
That's an easy one. It's Charlie and the chocolate factory. I loved it right from the first few pages. It still inspires me today!
What was the first book that you wrote?
My very first book was A Frog named Bob.
How long does it take you to write a book?
A great question! It varies but for a picture book such as A Frog named Bob, it can take about two months to write and illustrate. Chapter books take a little longer.
What is your favourite film?
When I was growing up there were some wonderful films being made. Of all of them the one that inspired me to dream, write and create the most was Star Wars.
What is your favourite food?
Another fantastic question! Well, I'm one quarter Sicilian so it has to be pizza :-)
What are you doing when you are not writing or drawing?
Well if I'm not spending time with my family I may well be visiting somewhere like an art gallery. I love to travel around exploring new places.
Where do you live?
I live in a small market town in the North West of England. It's nestled neatly in the Cheshire countryside and the perfect place to find inspiration from nature if I fancy a break from town life.
How old are you?
Haha. I don't know why this is the most popular question but I can tell you that I was born less than a year after man first set foot on the moon!
Have you always been a writer and an illustrator?
Yes and no!
Yes I've always written stories and illustrated them.
But no I've not always had this job.
Before I settled on writing and drawing for a job I had several jobs including being a computer programmer, video game designer, graphic artist and web designer.