Paying Homage to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Culpeo S. Fox’s illustrations turn every children’s picture book into a work of art, and each visual has the ability to take your breath away. We catch up with the phenomenal artist who illustrated The Fox and The Crow, and has also illustrated our next release A Tangle of Brungles, to find out what inspires her to create these unforgettable images. The Fox and The Crow is our book of the month, and is available at 20% off till Aug 31st at https://karaditales.com/catalogue/picture-books/the-fox-and-the-crow/
KARADI TALES: As an artist, what inspires you?
CULPEO S. FOX: The source of my inspiration is life itself – with all its ingredients and influences. Art follows life and this perception is a major key to understand my very own definition of what I call “Method Art”.
KT: What is your creative process?
CSF: My creative process is rather chaotic and random, something that never really is “under control”. I look at it less as a creative process but see it more as a constant search for traces and listening to voices, the work of a hunter; having all senses ready and open for any kind of inspiration which very often hits you completely unexpectedly.
KT: The Fox and the Crow was listed in the prestigious White Ravens catalog and in the list of Best Children’s books by the New York Public Library – how did it feel when you received these accolades?
CSF: It felt beautifully surreal.
KT: What is the most memorable thing that a reader or reviewer has said about your illustrations?
CSF: I always am deeply (and even after all those years still awkwardly) flattered by every kind word that people have used to describe my work. Speaking of The Fox And The Crow, though, Kirkus Reviews pretty much provided the personal icing of the cake when they called it “Aesop Noir”.
KT: Tell us a bit more about your upcoming book with Karadi Tales – A Tangle of Brungles
CSF: A Tangle Of Brungles was a joy to work on (and after The Fox And The Crow, another “home match” for me – lots of snakes and lizards and critters to draw, plus Indian witches with their backward feet and wry humour – what’s not to like?) and I love all the nuances of (author) Shobha’s excellent poetry that goes along with it.