My summer project is based on the illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Born in Australia, Jeffers was brought up and trained as an illustrator in Ireland. His first big break came from giant coffee company Lavazza who were captivated by his coffee-ring illustrations – quite literally a picture drawn around and incorporating coffee cup rings. Jeffers has produced many paintings and been involved in several projects and art initiatives, but for me his best work is his children’s books. First published by HarperCollins in 2004, Oliver has produced ten to date. They have delicate, humorous plots, and often it is the picture rather than any words telling the story.
“until i got really involved, i hadn’t realised how just a few words can totally change the meaning of a picture” – oliver jeffers
Most intriguing are his characters, built up simply with a few brush strokes here and there, yet conveying so much expression.