Drawing Dragons – From Paper to Digital

Published on 06 December 2017

The boy who drew dragons painting

Nillumbik residents and art lovers are invited to experience the transformation of internationally featured illustrator Marc McBride's work from painting and airbrush to digital art through a free exhibition called The Boy Who Drew Dragons. 

Mc Bride has teamed up with some of Australia’s best-selling authors, including Emily Rodda of Deltora Quest fame, to create numerous works of art.

Nillumbik Mayor Cr Peter Clarke said the exhibition launch, kicking off with a family art afternoon, was a great opportunity for families to be involved in the breadth of art taking place in Nillumbik.

“We are excited to welcome to the Eltham Library Community Gallery the art of Marc McBride,” Cr Clarke said.

“While many people will be aware of Marc for his work on the bestselling Deltora Quest series, his profile extends well beyond this with his illustrations featuring on the covers of more than 50 books and numerous magazines.

“Marc’s new exhibition – The Boy Who Drew Dragons – highlights the breadth of his talent and is a delight for all.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library are hosting the launch and presenting the exhibition. The launch and family art afternoon will be held on Saturday 16 December from 2-4 pm at the Eltham Library Community Gallery, 1 Panther Place, Eltham.

The Boy Who Drew Dragons will run from Saturday 16 December 2017 to Monday 15 January 2018.

Cr Karen Egan, Chair of Council’s Economic Development and Marketing portfolio said the launch would include plenty of activities for families.

“There will be storytelling, prizes, artwork sales and signings. It will be an inspiring day to witness how traditional art can turn into digital art, and the process of getting there,” Cr Egan said.

Artist and Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs will officially open The Boy Who Drew Dragons.

Mr Hobb’s theme for his term as Australian Children’s Laureate (2016-2017) is: ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives.’

Please RSVP by Friday 8 December to this free event to Debbie Lamb: dlamb@yprl.vic.gov.au or 9088 3442.