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Friday, 16 September 2011

Oliver Jeffers at the Apple Store, Covent Garden

Last night I had the opportunity to go and see one of my favourite illustrators give a little talk at the Apple Store in Covent Garden. 

You may remember I was very happy to receive a copy of his book 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' (see post here), and have since read 'The Heart and The Bottle' which is beautiful: 


Some spreads from the book:



So last night started off with Oliver telling us about himself, and about the work he does, as he also paints as well as some editorial work and now some typography (he has a great handwriting style!).
He went on to explain about his picture books, how he goes about putting them together, creating the artwork and writing the story, showing examples from sketch to finished art work. 

He even gave us a sneak peek of his new book 'Stuck'


And took us through the putting together of one of the spreads on Photoshop. He brought up a point which has crossed my mind many times - he has lots of 'original' illustrations, but had never took to Photoshop to create his work, fearing that digital/traditional could never be mixed. However due to circumstances at the time, he actually had to create most of the work for this book in Photoshop, creating the basics by hand and then scanning them in, and manipulating them, very similar in process to how Ive been working lately. He found that there is a lot more you can do when you combine tactics, and the work looks great so if it works for Oliver then it can still work for me!
I also picked up a few sneaky Photoshop secrets!

He also gave us a preview of 'Lost and Found', the animation being created from his picture book, which looks pretty amazing:

video

as well as showing off his amazing story book app for 'The Heart and The Bottle' which looks very fun, a new move for picture books!

video

And he even stayed around to sign books for people after, I wish I had had the sense to bring mine!



It was a great talk, fun and informative, its great to see how other illustrators work, and even better when they get up to the same things as you!
You can check out his website here.

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