I love this whole video. And I really love the little peeks into his sketchbooks. And his compulsion to both tell and illustrate stories simultaneously. There’s something of a Wes Anderson aesthetic to all of this, but more free-seeming. I love the listing and the crossing-off-of-listing and the drawers and the labeling.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/57472271 w=400&h=300]
He has some things up here: www.oliverjeffers.com. There are a bunch of projects and books and even some interesting paintings up on his site, but what I really want to see are more of those sketchbooks! Plus he’s pretty dreamy, so seeing more of him wouldn’t be bad, either. BowchickabowWow.
I think part of why I like his work so much is that he has great handwriting. I am always interested in/jealous of great handwriting. What do I mean by “great handwriting?” Well, I believe it has something to do with being happy-looking, bubbly, in a sense. The letters are irregular in size, shape and height. But there is something clean and neat about it. There is something child-like about the form, but not in a negative sense. Perhaps, great handwriting is handwriting that looks hopeful and curious and investigative in a Harriet-the-Spy sort of way.
“I’ll tell stories to anyone who’s listening. And sometimes to people who aren’t.”