Curtis Jobling was born in Blackpool, England. He describes himself in his childhood as being small and freckly ("ginger", according to his cousins, but the adult Jobling to this day refutes these claims). He is the designer of the worldwide hit children's television show 'Bob the Builder', has a number of his own shows in development and is a successful published children's book author and illustrator. Clients include the BBC, HIT Entertainment, Nickelodeon, the Jim Henson Company, and Aardman Animation. Picture books Curtis has worked on include "Frankenstein's Cat" (also an animation project), "Dinosaurs After Dark" and "Skeleton in the Closet". He has also worked on Nick Park's Oscar winning 'A Close Shave' and Tim Burton's 'Mars Attacks!' as well as writing, designing and directing a series of interstitial animations for Nickelodeon, 'Curious Cow', with long time collaborators and production company Mackinnon & Saunders.
Recently Curtis has embarked on a series of more personal painting projects, including the much-anticipated "Monster Mob" collection, and the upcoming "Grimm" collection, based upon the infamous dark faerie tales. These more personal projects pull on a variety of influences on the artist, from childhood through to the present day. His love of children's books and monster movies shines through in his paintings, and clearly both humour and colour are of paramount importance to Jobling. The influences are clear to see, from Seuss and Harryhausen through to Burton and Larson.
He lives in North Yorkshire, England, surrounded by a ridiculous collection of film and animation memorabilia. He recently completed writing his first novel, "Tales From The Wyrdwood". His favourite distraction is his adorable son, Andrew, who for now appears to have skipped the "ginger curse"â¦
WRITER and animator Curtis Jobling received a rapturous reception when he appeared at Manchester Central Library to kick off the Manchester Children’s Book Festival Reading and Writing Relay and the Neville Johnson Comic Strip Competition.
Jordan Wilson, Digital Marketing Manager at Neville Johnson, said: "Neville Johnson are proud to be a part of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Our rich history both with Manchester and with providing bespoke, handcrafted libraries perfectly places us as a partner for this fantastic event. We look forward to receiving the entries for the Neville Johnson Comic Strip Competition now it has been launched by the fabulous Curtis Jobling.”
Curtis Jobling is an author and illustrator famously known as the designer of the BAFTA winning BBC show Bob The Builder, as well as creator of Frankenstein's Cat. Early work in animation included model and puppet painting on Wallace & Gromit's A Close Shave and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! Curtis is also the man behind the Wereworld series (a Fantasy Book Review favourite) and just as the fourth book in the series, Nest of Serpents, rolls out from the publishers caught up with him to talk about the series, his inspirations and his influences.