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Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize – Flavia Z. Drago – The AOI

Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize – Flavia Z. Drago – The AOI

Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize – Flavia Z. Drago – The AOI

For her first image ebook Flavia Z. Drago has received the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize with Gustavo the Shy Ghost (Walker Books)

The Prize awards essentially the most promising and thrilling newcomers to image ebook illustration, and this yr’s shortlist was stuffed with robust image books of nice high quality.

Gustavo the Shy Ghost is a candy story about a bit of ghost who’s stuggling to make mates with the opposite mini monsters in his city – he’s so shy he’s nearly invisible. Full of amusing incidental particulars within the art work, the ebook repays repeat readings, embracing the creator’s Mexican background by objects, scenes and occasions. Gustavo searches for tactics to get the eye of the others, however to no avail – what’s a music loving ghost to do if he’s too shy to make mates? His musical resolution is a good way of exhibiting the way it’s price utilizing all of your abilities to seek out methods to get the place you wish to be, and to embrace what you like to do even when it appears no-one is paying consideration.

We talked to Flavia about Gustavo, the Day of the Useless, cool 80s bands and the way she composed her photos and put the story collectively.

Flavia in her studio in Mexico Metropolis

You will have fairly a couple of influences operating by the art work of Gustavo. Was the Day of the Useless the primary affect that you simply took to tell your story and art work?

Truly, the story relies alone experiences as a bit of woman. Once I was in kindergarten, I keep in mind all the youngsters taking part in and speaking to one another within the playground whereas I sat on my own close to a wall and checked out them in awe, it was a thriller how simply it appeared for them to work together. In a while, I found – identical to Gustavo – that by making artwork I might join with others extra simply.

Having a ghost as the primary character, was simply the proper excuse to include the Day of the Useless motifs within the art work. I additionally liked and grew up celebrating Halloween so, in my thoughts, each worlds can fortunately coexist. I additionally used previous household footage, a home in my neighbourhood (Azcapotzalco), Oaxaca, the art work of José Guadalupe Posada, some Traditional Common Monsters and horror movies as references.

Reference that Flavia used fro Gustavo’s household’s dwelling (beneath) from her grandmother’s and uncle’s properties
Gustavo’s dwelling within the ebook

Gustavo loves music, and we see Indie 80s album covers in one of many illustrations. Did Gustavo get his good style in music from you?!

Hehehehe! I do love indie music from the 80’s. Considered one of my favorite songs is ‘Ask’ by the Smiths, it appeared becoming that Gustavo preferred it too – he has a cassette tape with it on his desk. As a result of, as Morrissey would sing Shyness is good, and shyness can cease you, from doing all of the issues in life that you simply’d wish to…’

Apparently, he additionally likes The Remedy, David Bowie, The Beatles and Camille Saint-Saënz ­– a French Composer who made a bit known as ‘La Danse Macabre’ about Demise gathering all of us as we dance, if you understand what I imply.

Gustavo’s bed room along with his The Smiths Album on present

Do you benefit from together with all of the incidental particulars in your art work (such because the cranium butterflies, old-school tech and the floating, pouting teapot)?

I did! For me, numerous the enjoyable from drawing comes from the very fact of taking issues that I like and discovering methods to incorporate them within the art work. I feel that a part of the enjoyable for many who will learn the ebook greater than as soon as ­is to seek out among the particulars and references too.

A few of Flavia’s course of visuals

I like the unfold with Gustavo on the see-saw on their own – it’s obtained robust impression. How did you concentrate on composition for the ebook?

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Once I was making the ebook, I realised that this was the turning level during which Gustavo wanted to alter his behaviour, or else issues would keep the identical. I preferred the concept of Gustavo sitting on a see-saw, that essentially wants a pal to work, because the solar was setting. The intention was to make the scene extra nostalgic, and to provide us the concept as day the was shifting into evening, Gustavo’s behaviour was about to alter too. It needed to be a quiet second.

And naturally, how does it really feel to have received the Klaus Flugge Prize?

I’m very completely happy! Getting your first picturebook printed could be fairly exhausting, there are many insanely gifted folks ready to get their alternative in a fairly small world, for me, that journey took about ten years and many ups and downs. Among the many shortlist and the longlist, I noticed the names of many illustrators whose work I actually admire, I’m a bit shocked too!

And naturally, I’m very grateful to Klaus Flugge for having created a prize that promotes and helps the work of newly printed illustrators. I simply hope that I’ll get the privilege to maintain making illustrated books for a lot of extra years to come back!

Flavia on Prize evening at Centre for Literacy in Main Training
Reference materials for the playground scene (above)

The 2021 the panel of judges was made up of award-winning illustrator Posy Simmonds; Eva Eland, 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; Darryl Clifton, Illustration Programme Director at Camberwell Faculty of Arts; Fleur Sinclair, proprietor of Sevenoaks Bookshop; and Mat Tobin of Oxford Brookes College.

Of Gustavo they mentioned the ebook is ‘A visible deal with and the textual content and illustrations work very effectively collectively; it’s stuffed with element however by no means cluttered; tempo is cleverly managed; simply the appropriate steadiness of enjoyable and fright!’

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