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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Drawn Out : with Bridget Marzo


We’re excited to debut this new column, Drawn Out : The Doodled Interview, with guest Bridget Marzo, author/illustrator of Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw (Tate Publishing). Like Harold, Tiz (a cat) and Ott (a donkey) have a magical crayon and brush, allowing them to create their colorful doodling adventures.


tiz and otts big draw






I love how they express themselves with a crayon and brush; each create different lines that somehow fit their characters. Tiz is a natural leader and Ott’s a bit more relaxed (read: lazy) with his doodling (but that’s ok!) I also adore their endpapers — a beautiful example of mark-making.


Drawn Out : with Bridget Marzo


1. Hi Bridget! What do you recall drawing when you were little?




2. What did you want to be when you grew up?





3. What do you think is Tiz’s favorite thing to draw?



4. What is Ott’s favorite thing to do besides painting?



5. Can you tease us where Tiz & Ott might venture next?




Uh-oh! Hope Tiz and Ott won’t be hanging out without us!

Thanks for being our first Drawn Out guest, Bridget! Don’t forget to check out how to draw Tiz and Ott with Bridget here.


You can meet Bridget Marzo in person at her upcoming appearances:

In London, Bridget will be doing a kids workshop at
On Sept 24 2016 at 2:30pm, French Institute’s library

If you’re in New York City, Bridget will be reading and drawing at
October 7 at 10:30am, Bank Street Bookstore, NYC and
October 8 at 11:00am, Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn

November 14- 20, See Bridget at the South Ken Kids Festival at the French Institute in London in November. psst! There’s a Drawing Competition about traveling! Check out the deets here.

All art copyright Bridget Marzo and used with permission.


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