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August 17, 2006

What is FLOTSAM?

Today's FlotsamWhat is FLOTSAM? Those fish seem to be in on something.

David answers. (mp3 file/2m54s)
"FLOTSAM started as an idea with many, many permutations before it ended up in the form that it's in. There was always the idea that it would begin with something found on the beach. In a bigger sense the idea that I was playing with was some kind of secret, some kind of bond that stretched between kids through time and across distance. . . ." (listen to the rest)

August 18, 2006


Today's FlotsamWhat sparked the idea for FLOTSAM?

David answers. (mp3 file/1m28s)
"I went to the New Jersey shore every summer with my family, and there's just some incredible pull to the ocean, to staring out at the waves. . . . I often get letters from people saying 'I know what the fish are all about.'" (listen to the rest)

August 19, 2006

The pictures in FLOTSAM

Today's FlotsamHow did you choose the pictures in FLOTSAM?

David answers. (mp3 file/2m08s)
"I went through a lot of different ideas for what those pictures could be. Some I discarded, and some were, well, too strange. I came around to realising this would probably be the kind of camera that took eight shots to a roll of film . . . and so as I went along and I had seven, I was thinking about what that eighth one would be." (listen to the rest)

August 20, 2006

How long does it take?

Today's FlotsamHow long does it take to make a picture book?

David answers. (mp3 file/2m44s)
"After I finished The Three Pigs I relatively quickly brought in a dummy for a book called Greetings, about a spaceship full of little aliens. That kinda went 'round and around and around until I realised it wasn't going to happen. . . . So I began to play around with some other ideas. I'm sure I spent over a year working on Greetings and then I kind of jumped around between a variety, several other ideas working with fish." (listen to the rest)

August 21, 2006


Today's FlotsamWhat are the challenges of telling a story without words? How does working with text change the way you illustrate, if at all?

David answers. (mp3 file/1m15s)

August 22, 2006

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Today's FlotsamWas there anything else, other than an illustrator and storyteller, you wanted to be when you grew up?

David answers. (mp3 file/2m23s)

August 23, 2006

David's (very) early work

Today's FlotsamHow old were you when you first made a work of art that made you proud and happy to be an artist?

David answers. (mp3 file/2m36s)

August 24, 2006

Surrealism (the short explanation)

Today's FlotsamSurrealism is a type of art that plays with the sense of scale and reality. Can you say a bit more about what makes an illustration "surreal"?

David answers. (mp3 file/40s)

August 25, 2006

Who inspires you?

Today's FlotsamWhat artists inspire you?

David answers. (mp3 file/1m11s)

August 28, 2006

A working artist's working hours

Today's FlotsamWhat times of day do you work?

David answers. (mp3 file/1m11s)

About August 2006

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