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Anne Spudvilas on creating a picture book

Speaker(s): Anne Spudvilas

  • Date recorded: 26 Oct 2010

  • Duration: 3:34

'I like to storyboard my ideas to start with, a bit like drawing a little comic book.'

- Anne Spudvilas

About this video

Enter the inspired world of children’s book illustrator Anne Spudvilas.

Much like a film-maker, Anne uses hand-drawn storyboarding techniques to map out her book illustrations.

Watch as she reveals the series of storyboards for her picture book, The peasant prince. The story is based on Li Cunxin's international best-selling autobiography Mao's last dancer – now also a hugely successful motion picture.


Anne Spudvilas is a multi-award-winning illustrator of children’s books and an established portrait painter.

Her first picture book, The Race, was awarded the Crichton Award for Illustration and  CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Honour Book. In 2000 she won CBCA Picture Book of the Year with Jenny Angel, which was also shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award.

In 2008 The peasant prince won the NSW Premier's Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize), the Australian Book Industry Award for Younger Readers and the Queensland Premiers Award.

Anne's designs were used by Australia Post for the 2006 Australian Christmas stamps.