Dick Bruna Quotes

20 Dick Bruna quotes:

"Before he went to sleep, I told him a little story about a rabbit we saw run around the beach house we rented."
"I have been drawing all my life."
"But I don't sit down and think: this is meant for children."
"I did about 2000 covers altogether, for all sorts of books - from Shakespeare to James Bond - and I always had the idea that I must give 100%, no matter who the author was."
"I thought it was amazing to work with authors, to get a manuscript and try to make up a cover for it."
"Then one day I thought it would be nice to try to draw that rabbit and make a little story of it - and that's how Miffy started."
"Then one day I thought it would be wonderful to make a whole book, to make my text and my drawings together, and that's how I started doing children's books."
"A few years ago, I had an exhibition at a museum in Holland where, for the very first time, I saw how much Miffy had changed over the years."
"I thought it would be very nice to become Picasso or Rembrandt, or a van Gogh."
"When I make a book, I make it for the child and not for the parent - no jokes in it for the parents!"
"Miffy has changed quite a lot since the early books, although I never realised it at the time."
"Now, I had been drawing all this time - especially in France of course - so, when I came back, my father gave me the chance to do a cover for one of the books he published."
"But we discovered that, although I liked publishing, the commercial side meant nothing at all to me."
"Each book first begins with a little idea."
"I want a nice picture book with 12 pictures - I do my best with that format."
"Right at the beginning, I didn't know if Miffy was a boy or girl."
"However, my father was a publisher and it was expected that I would become a publisher as well - in his firm."
"I come from a family of business people, but I had the idea I wanted to become an artist."
"I work very long on each book, sometimes two or three months, because I think all the twelve illustrations have to be nice pieces of graphic art."
"My father realised that for me to become a publisher in his firm would have been the end of the firm!"

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