Oliver Jeffers talk

The Heart and the Bottle / Oliver Jeffers, 2010

On Friday I attended an excellent talk hosted by the AOI featuring one of my absolute favourite illustrators, Oliver Jeffers.

It was a really great insight into the creative process of the ridiculously talented Jeffers. Living and working in New York, his illustration, pictures books, paintings and collage are all so brilliant. His typography is also consistently strong which is one of the main reasons I was drawn to his work in the first place. It was great to hear him talk about the way he works across a wide range of projects – his picture books, fine art paintings, commercial illustration and sketchbook work.

An added bonus was that I was able to pick up a copy of his sixth picture book, The Heart and the Bottle, which I didn’t realise was available yet (it came out a couple of weeks ago). As always, it’s a truly lovely object. Also he revealed exciting news that he is making another animation with Studio AKA, who turned his book Lost & Found into a stunning 30 minute film a couple of years ago. I can’t wait.

There’s a nice video of Oliver talking about his creative process here.

And just look at that moustache. What a genius.

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