Author(s): Alison Lester
Alison Lester started drawing horses when she was a little girl, and she has been making pictures ever since. Her affectionate illustrations of birds, animals, plants and people celebrate the wonderful world around us...In her introduction, Alison recalls getting into trouble for doodling on books, walls and tablecloths, without realising she was doing it. She gives tips on how to draw, encouraging children to try different techniques and to keep on drawing, every day!..Pick up your pencils, pens and crayons, and colour the pictures from the stories you've enjoyed over the years - Imagine, Magic Beach, Kissed by the Moon, Noni the Pony and more...Alison Lester was the joint Search Results inaugural Australian Children's Laureate in 2012-2013.
When Alison Lester was six years old, she was given a book called How to Draw Horses. She had a very old Shetland pony, who was so quiet that Alison could dress her in shirts and cardigans. The drawing book showed her how to draw a horse and bring it to life with shading and detail...Alison spent hours under the plum tree in the front yard, drawing horses with chalk on an old blackboard easel. It was the beginning of her life of drawing. She was a compulsive doodler, and got into trouble for drawing in school books, on tablecloths, walls, and permission slips. Alison says she wasn't always a good drawer, but that didn't stop her from doing it...Alison Lester was Australia's Children's Laureate in 2012 and 2013...