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Drawn Out : Charles Santoso


Are you guys liking this new doodled interview series, Drawn Out? I hope so, because you’re in for a treat! My guest today is one of my favorite illustrators from down under, Charles Santoso. Charles is a former concept artist/art director at digital studio Animal Logic in Sydney, Australia, and the artist behind the gorgeous picture books, Peanut Butter and Brains (Abrams), Ida Always and I Don’t Like Koala (both published by Atheneum), and his latest collaboration with author Sean Ferrell: The Snurtch.








The book is about Ruthie, a little girl whose bad day brings out a scribbly, burpy, rude “monster” called the “Snurtch”. We asked Charles (nickname Chao) about creating The Snurtch (his latest book from Simon & Schuster debuted this week in the United Kingdom) and what we can expect next from him. As always, all answers are doodled!


Drawn Out : with Charles Santoso


1. Can we see some of your early sketches of The Snurtch?




2. If zombies like peanut butter + jelly, what is the Snurtch’s favorite food?




3. Who would we find in your “Mini Treehouse” (your twitter alias)?




4. What do you recall drawing when you were little?




5. Can you share a character or something that you’re working on next?




Hmm . . . Wonder if the hippo is a bit worried or sad? Can’t wait to see Charles’ next book! Thanks for being our Doodle guest, Charles! Follow Charles on twitter or instagram to find out more about his upcoming solo exhibition.


Get a copy of Charles’ book here. Check out his other books too!

Please check out our other doodled interviews with Bridget Marzo and Dominika Lipniewska.

All art copyright Charles Santoso and used with permission.


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