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The Books
Captain Kangaroo and the Footy Final
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The Wheels on the Bus
9780734411754 | $14.99 | PB Buy
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Old MacDonald had a Farm
9780734413857 | $12.99 | BB Buy
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All Set for the Big Wet
9780734411174 | $14.99 | PB Buy
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Below Deck on the Sunken Wreck
9780734412829 | $14.99 | PB Buy
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Come Fly with Captain Kangaroo
9780734411945 | $14.99 | PB Buy
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Captain Kangaroo and the Great Balloon Race
9780734412652 | $14.99 | PB Buy
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Captain Kangaroo and the Big Bush Bash
9780734413390 | $14.99 | PB Buy
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Captain Kangaroo Activity Book
9780734413109 | $12.99 | PB Buy


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Shut the duck up
9780734413833 | $14.99 | PB Buy
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Knick Knack Buskwhack
9780734412669 | $24.99 | HB PRE-ORDER
9780734413123 | $14.99 | PB PRE-ORDER
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About Mandy Foot
Mandy Foot is a self-proclaimed animal nut and horse lover and works in a studio also occupied by two sheepdogs, Cody and Mav, and a cat affectionately known as Kung Fu Maow Maow. She completed a Bachelor of Design specialising in Illustration at the University of SA in 1992. For the last 15 years, she has particularly relished the work produced for the Adelaide Zoo Education Service as this gave her the opportunity to draw just about every animal you can think of.

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Mandy FAQ's
  • 1. What books influenced you most as a child?

    I don't actually remember having alot of books as a child but I do remember when I was about 9, my sister won a 'Design a Stamp' Competition with our school run through Australia Post. Her prize was an 'Animation' book by Preston Blair. I loved it and I wanted my very own. So I entered the same competition the next year and won (I think I drew an echidna) but I it wasn't the same prize - I was quite disappointed. I can't even remember what the prize was, but I still have my sister's book to this very day!

  • 2. How did you become an illustrator?

    Basically I was always drawing as a child, I studied hard at school, finished 5 years of University graduating with a Bachelor of Design specialising in Illustration and always pursued my goals even if it meant some detours along the way! i.e. how on earth do you make a living from drawing pictures? For a number of years I had a day job working in the print industry which was very helpful as it increased my knowledge on colour and print production (very handy as an illustrator) and by night continued upon my freelance illustrator/designer career path. A lot of hard work and always keeping in mind my ultimate goal - to illustrate full time, especially children's books. Rarely is anything handed to you. It's taken around 17 years to get to exactly where I want to be. It's funny though.. when someone asks me how long it has taken to produce a piece of artwork, I tell them the number of hours to produce the finished piece plus a lifetime of practice to create it!

  • 3. Which artists’ work most influences your own?

    From the early days definitely the Disney artists. I'm a huge fan of animated movies and the life and personality they bring to their characters. I grew up with the classic Saturday morning cartoons so I'm sure they had an influence there somewhere.

    I recently attended a workshop by Kevin Chen who was a Disney illustrator, and what inspired me most is his life drawing is second to none. This is part of what makes his characters so good - understanding form and movement so well. I'm always trying to improve different aspects of my drawing and painting to make that next piece of artwork better than the last. I have been blessed to meet so many talented artists over the years, and each has inspired or motivated me in some way. There is always something to learn from somebody and often from those you least expect. I also have a number of mentors, mostly creative and I love learning from them.

  • 4. What’s your favourite personal illustration?

    'The Bums' would have to be one of my favourites. The artwork was created for a calendar poster for the Adelaide Zoo Education about and when I suggested the concept they thought I was kidding (draw the backsides of animals!?) but when I showed them the drawing they were quite taken with the humour of it (even if at the time it was a bit out there) and it proved to be I think the most successful piece I did for them, as people even years later were cutting the dates off and framing the artwork. I love the vibrancy of the watercolours.. we got quite a giggle out of that painting!

  • 5. Ultimate artistic dream?

    I'm lucky enough to be living my dream... I've always wanted to illustrate children's books and when Hachette produced my first hardback picture book it was truly a dream come true. The ultimate? if they sold global, that would be awesome. But it's great to see the smiles on kids faces when they read my books and when I hear comments from parents who know them off by heart because their child won't put them down. Emails from people I've never met, thanking me for my characters and the joy they bring to their little ones... that's priceless. I would love to be able to keep creating books that receive such fantastic feedback and I'm always aiming to improve on my artwork with each book I do. I want to see them getting better and better.

  • 6. Describe your art studio or illustrating space.

    Messy! I like to call it organised chaos. My drawing table is covered in whatever I am working on at the time along with paints, paintbrushes, colour charts, water pot (which by the way hasn't had its edges cleaned in over 20 years. Something I learned from my first illustration lecturer in Uni - I always admired his and how many paintings that paint must have worked on, so I think I'm superstitious about cleaning it now. He used to travel through the mountains of Nepal painting, so that pot would have some fabulous stories to tell) oh... as well as reference material, paper towels, masking fluid, ruling pen, paintbox, the ever important daylight desk lamp so I can work at night, and the list goes on. I also have two Macs. One which is my main machine to build my storyboards and roughs with (it's quicker) and the other is alongside my drawing table to use for reference material.. I like to work from my own photographs when I can. My lightbox tends to live in front of the TV.. not enough room on the drawing table! If I had a bigger drawing table, I would just fill it up with more stuff!

  • 7. What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?

    Never ever give up, work hard even at 3 in the morning and try not to be a hermit crab... be a sponge and absorb as much knowledge as you can. Seek out those you admire most, who are creating the type of work in the field you would like to work in and learn from them. They have obviously made mistakes and learnt along the way so learn from their life's lessons and it will make your journey a little bit easier and even more enriching. Ask lots of questions, no matter how small you think they are, become business savvy as well as being good at your craft, but most importantly, enjoy what you do.

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Mandy Talks
Captain Kangaroo and the Big Bush Bash
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Below Deck on the Sunken Wreck
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Trailer
Captain Kangaroo and the Great Balloon Race
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