‘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
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