David Lucas is a writer and illustrator. He was born in Middlesbrough and moved to London aged five years old. He has always enjoyed drawing and in his teens became fascinated by mythology, fairytales and folklore. He then began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters.
He describes himself as a romantic: "I believe the world is alive with gods and spirits and magic. My drawing is picture-writing – I never draw from life – I make patterns, as if I was knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too – putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale."
Amongst his best know books are Grendel (Walker Books 2013); A Letter for Bear (Flying Eye Books 2013); The Skeleton Pirate (Walker Books 2012); and Christmas at The Toy Museum (Walker Books 2011).
Alongside his own books, he has also worked as an illustrator on design projects, magazines, greetings cards and printed textiles. His clients include: The National Trust, Lloyds Bank, M&S, John Lewis, Faber & Faber, London Underground, Dublin Zoo, Dorling Kindersley and the Discovery Channel.
David will talk about his work across the span of his distinguished career.