French children s author shares creative secrets
On August 29, Stéphanie Blake, the French author of the children's book series "Super Bunny," shared with her readers at the Culture Bookshop on Han Street her stories of creation behind her popular series.
Featuring a little bunny named Simon who transforms into Super Bunny whenever he puts on his cape and mask, this series of illustrated books has been translated into more than twenty languages so far. "Super Bunny" was immediately well-received among young readers on its publication in China in 2009. Blake said prior to the creation of Simon, her eldest son had been particularly obsessed with the Superman costume at that time. So upon getting a call from her editor asking for a completely new image for a new picture book, she sketched a boy bunny and later, inspired by her son, added a blue cape and a mask.
Blake said that she has always been a great fan of the Chinese gouache. According to her, the character Simon was created using water and ink. She also mentioned her experience of studying Chinese in Beijing as an exchange student when she was 19, which influenced greatly the way she created her characters. "I basically learned on my own and I did whatever suited me best. This is very similar to my creations in which all the stories reflected my most intense feelings. I even looked at myself in the mirror in order to capture the vivid expressions of the bunny," Blake said.
"Super Bunny" series