- Artist：Freya Blackwood ::藝術家相關介紹::
- Art Tools / Techniques：
水彩、鉛筆、炭筆和水彩紙(watercolour, pencil and charcoal on watercolour paper)
- Freya Blackwood介紹獲得「英國凱特格林威大獎」的作品《哈利和哈波》（Harry & Hopper）的故事與概念。
《哈利和哈波》故事由澳洲的知名作者 Margaret Wild 所寫，Margaret 被公認為擅長處理細膩的情感，而她的書出版了很多種世界各地的語言。身為相對的新手插畫家，能幫她的故事書畫插圖，是我極為難得的機會。《哈利和哈波》是一個小男孩和他的可愛小狗－哈波的故事，牠是一隻像蚱蜢般跳躍、活力充沛的狗狗。但有一天，哈波因意外死了。故事描述哈利在這次意外中，如何與狗狗說再見，最後他也接受了哈波已死的事實。
- Freya Blackwood的創作過程與創作時的內心想法？
- You are the winner of The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal with your work “Harry & Hopper ”, could you tell us more about your concept and story about this book?
Harry & Hopper was written by Margaret Wild, a well known Australian author. Margaret’s writing is acclaimed for its sensitive handling of emotional issues, and her books have been published in many languages throughout the world. Illustrating one of her stories was an incredible opportunity for me, as a relatively new illustrator.Harry & Hopper is the story of a young boy and his lovely dog Hopper, who is as jumpy as a grasshopper. But one day there is an accident and Hopper dies. The story tells how Harry is given the chance to say goodbye to the dog and finally accepts that Hopper is dead.
The style of illustration I used in this book is a slight departure from my earlier books. I felt the drawings needed to be rough and sketchy. The ability to keep my final artworks fresh and expressive was something I’d been keen to achieve, and this book allowed me a chance to experiment. I feel very happy with Harry & Hopper and tremendously proud of what it has so far achieved.
- What’s your working process? What’s on your mind when you are creating?
I had experienced the loss of several family pets, so could relate easily to the story of Harry and his dog Hopper. I loved the process Margaret employed for Harry to come to terms with losing Hopper; the visits Hopper makes, each night growing colder and wispier.I found the illustration process for this book fairly straight forward. I read the story for the first time perhaps a year before I started the illustrations and in that year thought about it a great deal, perhaps subconsciously developing the characters and setting.