Peter Brown is a children’s book illustrator and author of Mr Tiger Goes Wild, a children’s picture and word book published in 2013. He works with both traditional and modern processes to create his illustrations and is inspired by the world around him, from nature and wildlife to city architecture. He has also written and illustrated other books including The Wild Robot (2016), The Curious Garden (2009) and Children Make Terrible Pets (2010).
His influences include Alice and Martin Provensen, who write and illustrate children’s books with a notable feature of simplified forms in their work, Mary Blair, who creates character’s with plenty of personality, expression, whimsy and gesture, and Ivan Earle who works with pattern and texture in his landscape illustrations.
About Mr Tiger Goes Wild
The book, written and illustrated by Brown and published by Pan Macmillan in 2013, depicts a tiger living in a posh victorian style neighbourhood, inhabited by prim and proper animals. Mr Tiger, however, wants to try something new and “goes wild” and moves to the wilderness but eventually finds it to be a lonely place to be. He returns to the city and brings The book is aimed at children ages 3 to 6.
Processes and Style
Brown creates most of his work by painting with ink, water colour or gouache and creating separate shapes in grey that will later make up an image. He then scans these shapes on to a computer where he digitally colours, arranges and adjusts the forms together to make a scene. The colour palette used helps to guide attention to the main character, Mr Tiger. While the scenery uses earthy tones of greens, blues and yellows, Mr Tiger is a vivid orange, making him a bright and lively character. He also often illustrates a horizontal scene, with tall buildings, chimneys and animals stood on two feet, while Mr Tiger is a horizontal form on all fours, highlighting him as different and one-of-a-kind.