Visto assim, parece tão fácil, tão simples, tão inevitável. Vi e pareceu-me que sim, que é como fazer sopa ou como calçar os sapatos. Ridículo, o que digo ainda sob o efeito de murro das imagens de Jackie Morris. A escola, será que tem esse nome, da ilustração em Inglaterra é verdadeiramente admirável. Tem passado e futuro. Porquê, pergunto-me, porque é a qualidade das imagens para crianças tão fértil. Será o ensino, será o investimento das editoras, tradição apenas. Não conheço e gostava de conhecer. De qualquer modo, o resultado é brilhante.
De Jackie Morris basta deixar o link para a sua página, em que explica passo a passo, como construiu esse livro memorável, "The Snow Leopard" (deixo este, que descobri no NY Times, como poderia deixar qualquer outro, são todos igualmente chocantes visualmente, por exemplo "The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems"). Quero ser criança.
(Algumas imagens: clicar para aumentar)
"The leopard was so wild a creature. She moved over the face of the mountains and not one rock fell beneath her massive paws. Her strength was immense, her beauty beyond words and their respect and awe so good to see. The landscape was stunning. What was not good was the scientists who came and caught and collared the leopard in the name of scientific research, so that they could better understand the animal, so that they could protect her. I fail to understand the attitude that feels it has the right to even touch such a creature, let alone put a collar and blue ear tags on it so that we can measure and track and trace her movements. Surely this is the attitude that has pushed many animals to the brink, this sure and certain feeling that we have the right to invade the life of a wild thing in such an intrusive way." (Jackie Morris)
"I have been privileged enough to work with many wonderful people and my clients have included Oxfam, Amnesty and Greenpeace. I have illustrated books for poet laureate, Ted Hughes, Mary Hoffman, Caroline Pitcher and many other eminent authors, as well as designs for the Terry Pratchett Disc World Calendar. Starting at Christmas 1999 I have designed the Christmas card for the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
For Ted Hughes I produced a lavishly illustrated edition of How the Whale Became, published in the USA by Orchard Books and in the UK by Faber and Faber. Also well known and loved is The Fourth Wise Man, adapted from the original story by Henry Van Dyke and published in 14 languages around the world. This book has just been reprinted in paperback in the UK.This site will take you on a journey through the books, old and new, to the current projects and into the paintings of magical lands and dancing bears and musicians. Also included is a section for schools and home educators with projects and resources to stimulate children and encourage them to travel the magical world of stories and painting and to stretch their imaginations."
(texto da ilustradora, no seu site)
light gazing, ışığa bakmak