Community Creative: Marc McBride

Marc McBride is the illustrator of Emily Rodda's best-selling Deltora Quest series, which has sold over eighteen million copies around the world and has become an Anime TV show. He has illustrated two hundred book covers, ten picture books, countless magazines and has had work exhibited with the New York Society of Illustrators international show. He has won Aurealis Awards for the Deltora Quest series and World of Monsters, which he wrote and illustrated.

Marc also visits YPRL branches regularly, to develop his work and host amazing illustration workshops for all ages. In 2017, YPRL hosted his exhibition The Boy Who Drew Dragons.

How do you describe your creative practice?
Fantasy illustration.

How did you get involved in this area of work?
An author saw my work in a magazine and asked me to illustrate their book cover!

What are you working on at the moment?
Finishing a 400 page illustrated book with Emily Rodda. I’m very proud of it and feel it’s the best work I’ve ever done. It’s called The Glimme and out this October!

Do you have a studio?
I have a new studio at Montsalvat in Eltham!

Has anyone influenced your practice?
My biggest influence is H R Giger. He designed the creature in Alien.

What does a typical day involve for you?
I’ve been getting up at 4am to finish The Glimme!

What would be your dream project?
I think I just finished it! I still want to write a book myself.

How do you define success in the arts?
If you do what you want when you wake up, that’s a success!

Where would we find you on a typical Sunday afternoon?
I take weekends off to do family stuff with my wife, two boys and dog!

What energises you?
The first coffee in the morning!

What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
Never give up and believe in your art!

Do you have a favourite author?
I love James Gurney, he did Dinotopia.

Do you visit your local library?
I love Eltham Library, we’re very lucky. It’s the best!!

Where can we see more of your work?
Deltora Quest and other books by Emily Rodda. Also, I have my book launch at Montsalvat on Sunday 6 October.

Visit Marc's website here:
See Marc in action here:

Featured Artwork (Detail)

  • The Kingdom
  • Dragons Fly
  • The House Keeper

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