March 31, 2011
Inspiration: Lauren Child
My second inspiration post! The first one was about Dutch illustrator Fiep Westendorp and I would like to dedicate this one to English author and illustrator Lauren Child.
I think it's safe to say that Lauren Child is best known for her Charlie and Lola series. It's my one of my favourites too. I just adore Lola! What's inspiring to me is the fact that she also writes these stories. One day, I'll hope to do the same.
What I like about Lauren's work is the collage technique and the analog feel to it. I love how the characters seem drawn by a simple line without much effort. You don't feel the pressure or need to perfection in her work. But I think it costs her much effort and she might as well be the biggest perfectionist in the world. But you don't see that and that's makes it so appealing for me. I love her bright use of color, it's very cheerful.
My favorite book illustrated by Lauren is Pippi Longstocking. I even have litho's of this book in my living room! She brings a whole new Pippi to the table but it's the one you have always imagined in your head: fun, naughty, colorful!
Lauren didn't get great feedback from her teachers in art school but she managed to become one of the best selling children's book author and illustrator. So, you see: just do what you love the most, work hard and you'll get there!