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For the latest university project we were asked to produce a cover and 2 double pages for 4 different tales by Hans Christian Andersen.
Fairy Tales have always been a huge inspiration to me and my work so I loved every second of working on this project. Even though I would have enjoyed it more to focus completely on one tale and illustrate the whole thing instead of just interpreting certain parts of four different ones...
Anyway, I learned a whole lot during working on these and am now more certain than ever before that picture books really are what I want to create as an artist. They offer so much expressive freedom and creative choices - it's wonderful.
The first tale I chose to illustrate was 'The Snowqueen'.
Here's a small abstract of the evaluation I had to write at the end, regarding this particular double spread: '(...) For the second double spread illustrating 'The Snow Queen' for instance, the abduction of little Kay by the Snow Queen's majestic sledge, as it is described in the narrative, was not chosen to be depicted on the accompanying illustration. Instead the image shows a boy setting out on a quest for knowledge by himself. He is leaving his home and family behind, while the 'Snow Queen' is only a part of his subconscious, created by a monotonous day to day routine, which is symbolized by her consisting of the smoke – the 'refuse' - rising from his home town's chimneys. While this is only the visual interpretation of the illustrator, it is supposed to challenge the reader/viewer to look at the written word from a different perspective in order to find their very own interpretation in-between the lines of the text.'
If you are interested in reading more about this project you can do so in my [Blog].
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