Wer ist eigentlich Jonas Taul? Und was mag/macht er für Kinderbücher? Drei Fragen an den Illustrator aus Estland.
– How did you start to illustrate books for children (and young people)?
I drew a lot as a child and even then made picture books with stories. When I got older I continued this passion quietly hoping to take it more seriously some day while I perused other artistic fields. After I returned from a long trip to India, I had found a solid visual style, and I wrote the story for my first book one night while working at a very quiet restaurant. For a year I worked on this book without revealing anything about it to anyone. Luckily through connections I found myself the right publisher, with whom I have released my first book “Öömõtted” (Night Thoughts).
– Which of your books should everybody be familiar with (and why)?
Well, so far only one book has been published, yet there is another one that is finished and waiting. All I can do then is to answer why should people grow familiar with this book? It’s a book that talks about an existential fear that we all feel at some point or another, whether we are old or young, it is a big thought that can sometimes weigh one down if looked upon through the wrong perspective. This book deals with these issues that are uncommon among picture books, and provides some kind of comfort and answers for anyone in any age who is troubled by these thoughts.
– Which theme or motif would you love to work on in a children’s book some day?
There are many ideas and themes I would like to cover and that I am working on at the moment. My biggest wish is that I hope to make a silent book that will manage to talk about complicated ideas, yet only through its pictures. I find that complex and dark topics, taboos etc. should all be simplified and talked about instead of avoided in the world of children’s books.