Wer ist eigentlich Daniela Olejníková? Und was mag/macht sie für Kinderbücher? Drei Fragen an die slowakische Illustratorin.
– How did you start to illustrate books for children (and young people)?
I started my studies on the painting department, but I felt that I am not on the right place. My professors kept telling me that my paintings are too illustrative – I didn’t know what that was supposed to mean, but after some time I left and start attenting studio of illustration at printmaking department. I remember instant feeling of knowing what to do. I always felt that my work is somehow based on texts. And since I love to think about how to tell a story in book and create a storyboard, my main focus was on picture book.
– Which of your books should everybody be familiar with (and why)?
If I have to pick one book, I guess it would be The Escape written by Marek Vadas. Not because of my illustration, but because of the message of the tale. It deals with very serious issues – refugee crisis, refusal, greed – but at the same time it is colorful and filled with love and hope.
– Which theme or motif would you love to work on in a children’s book some day?
I love everything connected to nature, so the range of my favorite motifs is quite broad. But in the future I would like to work on a book about dealing with difficult emotions like fear, sadness or anger.