‘I had no idea how pop­u­lar he was…’

Paul re­mem­bers the day that would de­fine his ca­reer: his first meet­ing with best-sell­ing au­thor Terry Pra­chett

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In 1993, my sis­ter gave me The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratch­ett for my birth­day. This was a piv­otal gift. At once, I was able to vi­su­alise Dis­c­world and its in­hab­i­tants. I sketched up some of the char­ac­ters and took them to a book sign­ing in Bath.

At the time I had no idea how pop­u­lar he was and was rather sur­prised when I joined a very long queue to meet him. I shook his hand and gave him my en­ve­lope of sketches. I ex­pected to hear noth­ing fur­ther. How­ever, a few weeks later, he rang me up and sug­gested that I cre­ate some art­work for him. It was a very ex­cit­ing mo­ment.

He told me that my char­ac­ter de­signs were the clos­est any­one had got to how he him­self imag­ined them. That for me was hugely en­cour­ag­ing, as was his en­dorse­ment of my cre­ative work by al­low­ing me to il­lus­trate for him.

I would visit him of­ten at his home and we would dis­cuss the char­ac­ter de­signs and de­velop the look of the en­vi­ron­ments. Terry’s work re­mains a great in­spi­ra­tion for me and my grat­i­tude for the op­por­tu­nity he gave me is huge.

“The bearded chap is archchan­cel­lor Rid­cully – his ex­ple­tives are com­ing to life in this 1995 piece. Be­low are the Re­formed Vampyres, drawn for the 2003 Dis­c­world Diary. I tinted my pen­cils dig­i­tally.” a clutch of char­ac­ters

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