Wer ist eigentlich Jan Bajtlik? Und was mag/macht er für Kinderbücher? Drei Fragen an den Illustrator aus Polen.
– How did you start to illustrate books for children (and young people)?
When I was a child I met great Polish artist, illustrator Józef Wilkoń. He taught me drawing and painting. Thanks to him I started to be interested in illustration, book design for children and any kind of picture books. When I was in high school I started first attempts in illustration and book design. Thanks to this first experiences I knew that I want to continue education in this field
and I choose Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
– Which of your books should everybody be familiar with (and why)?
By now my activity book about typography and creative scribbling for children (4+) “Alphadoodler” (in Polish “Typogryzmol”) is published in 6 languages. This book based on big research I made on many workshops with children. “Alphadoodler” is good base, source of creative work for children in schools, workshop events and just having fun where ever you are.
In 2014-2016 I did more than 130 workshops based on this book. Workshops took place in many cultural institutions and schools in Poland as well Tate Modern in London, MACBA in Barcelona, Festivaletteratura in Mantova, schools in Paris and series of workshops in Berlin organise with Kulturkind.
– Which theme or motif would you love to work on in a children’s book some day?
Sorry, I can’t tell you. I hope you will see one day.