Anouck and Louis: When we start a book project like The Acrobat Family we think about the concept together, and then both start creating sketches, paper models, storylines and everything else at the same time. Our goal is to combine all the elements of a book (illustration, story and book design) so that every aspect of the project fits our intention and holds meaning for the story that we want to tell.
Anouck and Louis: We were able to get this book out thanks to our French publisher, with whom we have been working for 10 years. She trusts us and because of that, we feel very free to show her unusual projects. Even if it is sometimes necessary to become more realistic with our vision, this relationship ensures that we don’t have to restrain our creativity.
Anouck and Louis: Anouck was first interested in creating a construction game with wooden characters, and from her many sketches for this project, we decided to go for a pop-up book. The idea is based on the aim to make the human pyramid of acrobats possible.
Anouck and Louis: For us a good illustration or a good book is one that will surprise the reader and give them an unexpected emotion.
Anouck and Louis: No, we are very bad about advertising. We leave this job to our publisher, but we both have a website and are on social networks.
Anouck and Louis: Having an idea and designing a project is probably the most challenging and motivating part of being creators. And then of course, it is being able to concretize that idea into a real object that one can share with readers.
Anouck and Louis: We wanted to talk about the richness of different personalities in a family and the differences that allow for the creation of something together.
Anouck and Louis: We are working on a new project with our publisher. We are at the very beginning stages, but once again, we are trying to give a particular form to the book and this time there will certainly be a documentary aspect.
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images from THE ACROBAT FAMILY, Little / Kleine Gestalten, 2019