Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sven Nordqvist

Wanted to share this amazing book I bought. It's been keeping my inspiration going:

Where is my Sister? By Swedish illustrator Sven Nordqvist

"The idea for this book first came to me twenty-five years ago. It was meant to be a journey through dreamlike landscapes, made as a single, long, continuous picture. Initially there was to be no text; the picture was everything. I tried adding some text later, but it was difficult setting words to pictures instead of vice-versa ...

The text is meant to be independent to the extent that a child can derive pleasure from the book without it. It is about a little brother who wants to find his missing sister. In order to search in the right places he needs to consider how she thinks and what she enjoys doing. And while they look he recalls certain events so we get to know the sister too, even though she only appears as a little dot on each spread.

This is the first time I have tried creating pictures before the text."

Very interesting method. And I would so love to see this "long, continuous picture" in the original form. Exhibit, Sven!

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