Wer ist eigentlich Piotr Karski? Und was mag/macht er für Bilderbücher? Drei Fragen an den Illustrator aus Polen.
– How did you start to illustrate books for children (and young people)?
At the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw I was studying graphic design and book design. Part of my diploma project was a kind of a guide for children about sailing. After graduating I had to make a decision which field I want to focus on. I found sharing knowledge with kids in the form of picture books very satisfying. It’s also a form where you can decide on every single element especially when you are also writing it. So I decided to contact some of the publishing houses in Poland, and soon after it I started to cooperate with Dwie Siostry.
– Which of your books should everybody be familiar with (and why)?
By now I wrote two books. The first one is about mountains (it is already published in german under the title Berge!) and the second is about oceans. Both are activity books where I only begin the illustration and ask the reader to finish it in his own way. Each book has over 100 tasks and activities which are an opportunity to spread a small portion of knowledge on a given topic. In both books I was trying to make the young readers realize how amazing, wonderful and complicated but also delicate those ecosystems are. I think every reader is somehow familiar with them, but I hope that those books will help understand them better.
– Which theme or motif would you love to work on in a children’s book some day?
I made two books focused on nature. I think something connected with culture would be interesting for me now. But there is an unlimited amount of fascinating topics you can work on and share with children. Each time my struggle is about how to pass this knowledge and this is a very interesting part of this work for me, it’s the task you give to yourself. I always think of what attracts me the most in the subject I am dealing with and that’s what I focus on in my books.