So, earlier I spoke about Ben. Now I would like to mention the beautiful illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.
A great story is made even greater by wonderful illustrations and the combined effort of the Simon and Schuster design team and Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini have brought us an absolutely stunning hardback book that will earn precious space on your bookshelf. It really is a keeper. The cover is stunning, with gold foil that brings it to life and makes the book literally jump out at you when you see it. There is so much detail throughout the entire book and Daniela has created a gorgeous selection of illustrations that complement Ben’s writing brilliantly. She really is a great talent and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to ask her the following questions.
How do you begin to create the wonderful art work that brings Ben’s story to life?
‘After having some initial ideas, inspired by the story, I always plunge myself into extensive visual research, mainly to find the kind of visual reference that will support me in drawing characters and things that feel real, that feel like they could exist in a parallel dimension of wonder. The drawing stage always feels quite technical in some ways for me; this is where I sweat to get the composition, anatomy ad perspective right. While the painting stage is really where all the magic happens for me… where I focus on getting the atmosphere and feel right for the picture. And where I feel like I’m in my element. Each stage is very important. But some are more “nerve-wracking” than others….’
If you could choose one other classic Christmas story to illustrate, what would it be?
‘A Christmas Carol of course :), although I would also quite like to make my own version of A Nightmare Before Christmas…’
Do you believe in Father Christmas?
‘Well, I wasn’t sure to begin with if I have to be honest… but reading ‘The Night I Met Father Christmas’ has definitely put the doubts to rest in my mind! I’m definitely going to be putting out mince pies and brandy for him this Christmas!’
I hope I’ve whetted your appetite for this wonderful book. Tomorrow I will be kicking off the first day of the official blog tour and I’ll be running a giveaway to win your very own copy The Night I Met Father Christmas so do keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to follow. 🙂