Jim Smith, author and illustrator of the witty Barry Loser children’s book series, visited campus this week to work with lower school students.
Mr. Smith held workshops to teach students how to create simple illustrations similar to his art in the books. Students also gained an insight into the wonderful and wacky world of Barry Loser, and learned how to write stories using everyday scenarios.
After graduating in 1997 with a first class degree in advertising, graphic design, and illustration, Jim worked for many leading UK brands, providing illustrations on coffee cups and food packaging. He wrote I am not a Loser, the first of a series of children’s books, which was published in 2012. The sequel, I am still not a Loser, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and was declared the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen. Jim has now published a total of twelve books. In addition to his work as a writer, he travels around the country visiting schools, with a mission of inspiring young children to use their natural writing and drawing skills.
How did students react to your workshops?
There were lots of smiles and laughter and students really enjoyed learning how to draw simple illustrations of people. Lots of questions were asked about how I come up with stories and this seemed to inspire the children to come up with their own scenarios.
What words of wisdom would you give to our students?
If you want to be a writer or illustrator when you grow up, just keep practicing and writing and you will get there. From a simple idea a book series can appear.
To find out more visit the Barry Loser website.