Responding to Daily Post’s Prompt “The Satisfaction of a List“
What’s hiding under your bed? Slippers? Phone chargers? Monsters? Whatever that is, I can tell you for sure there’s no place for this stuff under my sofa… No, I’m not that neat and tidy. It’s just that all the space is filled with BOOKS.
Yeah, I know, some of you may faint after hearing of the way I store my treasures, but I have a reason for that.
I’ve been living in 2 cities at once for quite a while now – traveling constantly between my boyfriend and my parents’ places. My parents have a huge library and there’s simply no space for me to put my books on shelves. And there’s no point in buying a separate bookcase for me in my rental apartment in another city. So all my books are just hiding there in packages and waiting for Their Own Bookcase. *Guys, don’t loose hope, it’ll happen – someday!)*
The Daily Post prompted the idea of making a list – and I couldn’t ignore it. As long as I’m in my rental apartment now and don’t have access to my treasure chest, I’ve decided not to show the books themselves but to write about people behind them – artists in particular. Because wonderful illustrators are the main cause of my obsession with children’s books and they are definitely the reason I’m gonna sleep on a huge pile of paper instead of a comfy sofa any time soon.
So how about Top-5 of children’s book illustrators who inspire me the most?
1. Sven Nordqvist – my absolute hero and #1. I have all the “Pettson and Findus” books I could find in my native language and I can examine them for hours. When I think about the illustrator I want to be his name immediately pops in my head. That small hidden stories, dynamics, humor, that coziness and attention to details – well, he’s just the best for me.
2. Inna Chernyak – my mentor, my colleague, my friend 🙂 Awesome illustrator from my country – Ukraine – however she has illustrated lots of books in different languages printed in different countries so you could have seen them in bookstores nearby 😉 I’m simply in love with her style and her funny characters!
3. Emilia Dziubak – I don’t own her book yet but it’s just a matter of time 😉 And I don’t even care which one! I want them all ^_^ The richness of colors, lots of cute characters, creative composition, humor and imagination – I can go on and on and on)
4. Oliver Jeffers – a constant reminder that you don’t really have to paint like Michelangelo to create an awesome book.) Simple colors, simple style – everything seems simple, but… you just can’t resist the charm, can you? 😉
5. Chris Haughton – another great artist with “simple” style. However I guess that his love for bright and sometimes insane color combinations makes him stand out 😉 Breathtaking plot, tension, suspense – I’m not joking, that books actually feel like drama movies!)) By the way, is it all right to dream of having a pink dog? 😉
So these are some of the people that actually make me wanna draw and create books. And some other people make me cook dinners so I guess I’ll sally forth the supermarket to get some food! And let’s just hope there will be no bookstores on my way 🙂