Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sooo... I met Oliver Jeffers

Before I have a gushy melt down, Oliver Jeffers is my favourite male illustrator, closely followed if not joint position with Scott C. He is best known for his children's illustrated books, but has branched out into animation (as I have previously blogged about), advertising (Kinder) and most recently working for the TED Talks branding.

Chris (3rd year DFGA) told me that he was doing a book signing at Waterstones Leeds, and we both went together on the day and met up with Lydia (2nd year Visual Communications, and fellow Jeffers obsessive). As it was only a signing we only had a quick chat about him previously studying on a Vis-com course, and his interest in animation and the love of fan mail from children. He was a lovely and genuine man, and really took the time to talk to his younger fans often having pictures. What I thought was lovely was that he took the time to draw a quick image in each of the books along with our names, making it more personal.

 (All photographs were taken by Chris Luk)

I am going to keep an eye out for any specialist illustration talks he does, as although meeting him was an experience in itself, I feel I would learn more if I were to delve into his process.

Here is a quite recent video that Oliver Jeffers wanted to make, describing himself as an illustrator and why he does what he does, and how!
Oliver Jeffers Author Film 2013 from Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo.

If you are interested here is an older video (taken from 2010) of Oliver Jeffers and his studio and work process, it is quite similar to the newer video but more linked to his roots.
Oliver Jeffers Author Video 2010 from Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo.

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