ずっとこれからも屋外で描きたいって思います。1冊目に出した絵本”Ted, Bo and Diz（Jason Chapman (著, イラスト) 出版社: Little Tiger Press） ”は、アクリル絵の具でキャンバスボードに描いていましたが、時間がかかりすぎて、出版社からの納期に間に合わせれないので、先ほども出てきた「バタシー」で描くスタイルで白黒の鉛筆線画で白い犬とトラ猫のスクーターにのせてキャラクターにしてみました。
Miroslav Sasekのtravel booksからレイアウトは若干影響されています。物語りを創るとき、聴いている音楽に影響されやすいのですが、今回はロードムービー”Little Miss Sunshine”(リトル・ミス・サンシャイン/2006年）のDevotchka（デボチカ）音楽をよく聞いていました。
＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝ <Interview> B.P. Nice to talk to you Mr. Jason Chapman. How do you feel now about your book “Stand and Mabel”being published in Japan?
Jason I am absolutely thrilled 'Stan and Mabel' is being released in Japan.My family and I are huge fans of Japan and its culture and hope to visit someday soon! I was honoured to work with some wonderful and inspiring people from Japan in 2015 and I will forever be indebted by their kindness and generosity (I illustrated clothing and merchandise for Laundry/Collaboration). My children are all huge One Piece and Naruto fans and we all adore the beautiful Studio Ghibli movies.
Japan has produced some of the most memorable storytelling, illustration and animation so I feel very proud to be published by Babel Press.Knowing that the people of Japan are passionate and caring about dogs and cats, I'm sure Stan and Mabel will feel very much at home in Japan.
B.P. It’s such a lovely picture book this “Stan and Mabel”, with animals acting as main charactors, and so could you please explain to us about how the story came about and what the book is like?
Jason How 'Stan and Mabel' came about.. A number of factors brought about the creation of the book: Before Stan and Mabel I had just illustrated 'My First Classical Music Book'which included lots of animals playing instruments. This definitely helped me illustrate the numerous animals and their instruments in Stan and Mabel. - I had been producing illustrations of cats and dogs for Battersea Dogs and Cats Homefor several years (I still do!) so the choice of a dog and cat was a natural one.
- I enjoyed painting outdoors and I wanted to produce a children's book in a way that felt most natural for me and in a way that I would be happy to keep on working on further books. My first book, 'Ted, Bo and Diz'was painted in acrylic on board and time consuming and was difficult to fit into the time available by the publisher. It felt more natural and time-efficient for me to draw my characters with line in the 'battersea style' so I drew a pencil sketch of a black and white dog on a bike and a tabby cat on a scooter.
I had one of my paintings nearby of the fields with rape-seed painted up the road from where I was living. I brought them together in Photoshop and the art director at Templar Publishing loved the image and asked me to work on a story with these characters. The page layout was slightly influenced by the classic Miroslav Sasek travel books. Music often influences my stories too and having watched the road movie 'Little Miss Sunshine' around this time, I remember the music of 'Devotchka' being played frequently in the studio.
Regarding the choice of other animals: Roady the duck - Some friends owned a cattery which my family and I would look after when they went away. They had some geese and lovely Indian-Runner ducks. Two were white and the third, called 'Roady' was the green/brown/grey variety. Poor Roady would spend much of the day running away from the white ones. I was fascinated by their amusing shape and movement.
Bobby and Roberta. I was interested in the name of the artist Bob and Roberta Smith and thought the names would be good for a small rabbit and his Mum.
The herd of cows: I'd moved to Devon during the production of the book and there's lots of cows in Devon. I liked the challenge and visual contrast of getting the large and muddy cows to play the delicate and pristine instruments.
B.P. I understand you are donating a part of the sales of your book “Stan and Mabel” to a charity for ‘Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’in London. How is Stan and Mabel doing?
Jason Yes, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is a wonderful charity I've had the pleasure to work with for many years now. As the characters were inspired in part by my work for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home it was fabulous to have them endorse the book and great to give something back through sales of the book.
B.P. Lastly, Mr. Chapman. Please give your message of how you would like this book to be read to the Japanese readers.
Jason I would like Stan and Mabel to be read with a sense of adventure, curiosity and music in mind. Whether you can play an instrument or not, discovering and listening to music you love can take you to wonderful new places!
A live performance of Stan and Mabel Performed with Polly Ives and Ensemble 360. Music composed by Paul Rissmann inspired by the book written and illustrated by Jason Chapman https://soundcloud.com/paul-rissmann/01-the-city
B.P. Next time, we plan interview with Ms.Shizue Kitagawa, the Japanese translator of this book, I appreciate your cooperation. Thank you for now.
Jason I will be looking forward to the interview with Ms. Shizue Kitagawa. Thank you.