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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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  • This is coll, I like the little monster behind her. Cool concept.

    • Cheers Julie. Hope you’ll take a look at the book. 🙂

  • Samantha

    I am LOVING this series!!! The Snurtch looks so fun. I think my son would love it!

    • Thanks Samantha! I’m glad — I think your son would too!

  • Looks like fantastic books! He is very talented.

    • He is! He brings the story to life.

  • Fun! Definitely going to look for The Snurtch. I think my kids would love it (me too!).

    • Yes! I think so too Sarah 😀

  • Mary Ligon Spann Peterson

    Funny how the word “doodle” implies simple and messy, but this author draws anything BUT simple or messy! Creativity jumps off of the screen. Would love to find more of Charles’s drawings. Thanks for sharing!

    • We use doodle because it does seem less serious, but we use it interchangeably with drawing. I hope you will look for Charles’ books. He’s very talented! Cheers, Lana

    • PS. I tried to look for your blog. If you list it in Disqus, it makes it easier for us to find you. Cheers!

  • Educating Roversi

    This is such a good idea for a series. I’d love to get some of Charles’ books. We have some Australian books that Little L loves. I’m sure these would be the same. #KCACOLS

    • Thanks Educating Roversi! Glad to hear it. Cheers! Lana

  • I like Charles Santoso’s work.It’s interesting how he creates a middle layer between the reader and the comic with a more detailed character.

    • HI Rhonda, That’s a very astute observation. One is less real than the other, isn’t it?

  • Ann H

    I love the frogs.. are they frogs? Rainbowsaretoo from #kcacols

    • I think they are. We should check with Charles 🙂

  • tracey bowden

    I think the hippo looks a bit worried! I love this series so glad I could come back for another interview these doodles are brilliant!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Very true! I can’t wait to find out what’s bothering him. cheers!