Axel Scheffler signs books at the end of yesterday’s Nosy Crow Illustrator Salon
Last night Kate and I returned to The Book Club in Shoreditch for the second edition of the Nosy Crow Illustrator Salon – featuring special guest Axel Scheffler, best-selling illustrator of modern picture book classics including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, and A Squash and a Squeeze, as well as Nosy Crow’s Pip and Posy series, Flip Flap books, and The Grunts series.
It was another fantastically interesting evening – giving a fascinating and unique insight into the life and work of the UK’s best-selling illustrator. Axel spoke brilliantly on a whole range of subjects – his career to date, from some his earliest childhood drawings through to his extraordinary partnership with Julia Donaldson; the artists that he admires; the ways in which his work has changed and evolved over the years; the differences that he’s observed in children’s book markets around the world, and more. And he also brought along some of his sketchbooks, which offered an incredible demonstration of how he has created some of his most beloved characters, from initial drawings to finished artwork.
I though that it was particularly interesting to see how the evening differed to our previous Salon, with Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam illustrator Steven Lenton – Steven produces all of his finished illustration work digitally, whereas Axel still uses physical material to create all of his artwork, resulting in different creative processes, different styles and techniques, a different set of inspirations… and different challenges.
The long signing queue at the end of the evening seemed to be a sign that our audience enjoyed the Salon as much as I did – and here’s what some of those who’d been there had to say on Twitter:
— Jo Byatt (@JoanneByatt1) January 12, 2016
— Danikuzzi (@Danikuzzi) January 11, 2016
— Fiona Lumbers (@fionalumbers) January 11, 2016
— Kate Poels (@KatePoelsAuthor) January 11, 2016
We haven’t yet announced details of our next Nosy Crow Illustrator Salon event, but if you’re interested in attending, sign up to our mailing list and you’ll be the first to find out when a new date is confirmed: Thank you very much to everyone who came along!