I am as much intrigued by the reasons illustrators draw as I am to why authors write. I love to find out what makes them tick, so to speak. I thought it would be a good idea, therefore, to do an online interview with illustrator Ann Panning. Don't 'cha love the 'net?!
Question #1-What gives you inspiration for your drawing?
Ever since I was a wee child, nature in all it's amazing colorful
facets has inspired me in my artwork. A close second would be people's
unique faces. I think the love of faces came about when I would study
them as the communion crowd walked past me back to their seats.
Question #2- Writer's experience "writer's block." Do illustrators?
Sometimes I do experience illustrator's block, but I've learned to stop
and do something quite unrelated like wash dishes or tackle
whatever the biggest pile is.
Question #3- What are your favorite things to draw?
My favorite things to draw are, not surprisingly enough, nature, people
and animals- God's wonderful creation! Always interesting fodder!
Question #4- Do you draw every day?
don't have the opportunity to draw every day, but when I can't I am
Question #5- What advice would you give to a young, inexperienced artist?
Advice I would give a young artist is to draw what you love, learn from
others by taking lessons, and study other works of art; copy from the
Question #6- What brings you the most joy in your drawings?
The thing that brings me the most joy in my artwork is finally the "ah-ha"
moment when I got a pet or human portrait to look like them!
Thank you so much, Ann, for the interview. It was a pleasure!