Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Jules Faber.
Wow! Last month we featured an Oscar winner and this month a President! Yes, a President.
Jules Faber, President of the Australian Cartoonists’ Association, the world’s oldest cartooning association. A position he was elected to in 2009 and again in 2012.
Sadly my detective skills have failed to uncover any information on Jules’ younger days. I do know that Jules is half of the successful team behind the WeirDo books. Together with Anh Do they have created an award winning series.
I do know he is a cartoonist, caricature artist and illustrator and has enjoyed publication since the noughties (2000+). His early works include co-editor and major contributor to the Australian anthology, Sporadic, a comic featuring many of Australia’s finest cartoonists for which he won the Silver Ledger Award in 2002.
Jules was a background inker on nine episodes of Disney Channel’s first animated series, The Proud Family (season two).
His other works include the sci-fi comic, Golgotha: Book One (2005) and the children’s trilogy 'The Clunkertons'. He has held various newspaper editorial cartooning positions.
In addition to his six WeirDo (Scholastic) books, number seven is currently being illustrated; Jules has illustrated titles for cricketer David Warner, The Kaboom Kid (Simon & Schuster), The Leo Da Vinci series with Random House author, Michael Pryor and The Helix series also with Random House author, Damean Posner.
In 2014, Jules and Anh were awarded the Book of the Year award at the Australian Book Industry Awards for book one in the WeirDo series. They also took out the Best Designed Book for Children and Best Cover at the Australian Book Design Awards as well as an Honours in the KOALAs.
WeirDo 3 received nominations for three awards in 2015 and David Warner’s Kaboom Kid series was also nominated for Best Designed Series at the ABDAs.
Jules is also an award-winning cartoonist, winning awards in the Rotary Cartoon Awards Best Comic Strip category, coming second in 2009 and 2010 before getting first place in 2013.
He conducts regular workshops at schools and learning centres for those wanting to learn more about caricaturing, comic strips, comic book layout, scriptwriting, storyboarding, animation and general cartooning.
I don’t really hold ‘How to draw’ classes. I feel that teaching someone how I draw something is like teaching someone how to copy a sentence I’ve written. I believe in the unique voice each individual possesses. So I teach the tools that allow the individual to walk the path themselves. It results in a much more satisfactory appreciation of drawing and writing and a faster means of growing the skillset. We still draw, but no one’s copying a robotic way to draw a fish, say. Instead, they learn how to see a fish and draw it for themselves. – Jules Faber
Jules’ work has featured in exhibitions at the Metro Arts building in Brisbane. In 1999 he was offered a promotional drawing job at Maker’s Mark drawing caricatures, since then he has gone on to draw over 30,000 people at over 1000 events.
His clients have included:
Australia Zoo, Bunnings, Triple M, B105, World Movies, Channel V, The Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, Dulux, The Brisbane Broncos, Microsoft, Playstation, the NRL, the TAB and hundreds more!
With over twenty illustrated books to his credit and thousands of copies sold around the country, Jules is an illustrating legend.
Did you know he is also a published author of fiction and has appeared in various anthologies over the years.
Jules lives in Coffs Harbour with his young family.
Read Creative Kids Tales' April 2016 interview with Jules Faber