Monday, 11 May 2015
The Way to the Zoo - interview with John Burningham
The interview was in celebration of John's latest picture book, The Way to the Zoo, which is about little girl Sylvie who finds a mysterious door in her bedroom - which leads to a zoo.
Here's a little preview from the interview:
DR: One of the things I like about your style of illustration is that it seems to have a fearlessness to it, it seems so spontaneous and free. Have you found that you always worked that way or is this something that’s come out as a signature? Do you look back at earlier work and think it’s much tighter whereas now it feels much more free?
JB: To obtain that sort of free illustration look is an awful lot of work and pre-thought. I dislike the whole process, I mean, I quite like having achieved something but there’s building up to doing a drawing is no easier for me now than it was 50 years ago and I don’t really feel I have any ability until I manage to produce something that works.
Check out the full interview here.
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