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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.
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Also, the books are very simple.
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At that time - it was 1953, I think - I was very much impressed by the work of Henri Matisse, the French painter.
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Before he went to sleep, I told him a little story about a rabbit we saw run around the beach house we rented.
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But I don't sit down and think: this is meant for children.
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But we discovered that, although I liked publishing, the commercial side meant nothing at all to me.
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Each book first begins with a little idea.
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For instance, I did a series of books for Georges Simenon, the creator of Maigret.
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However, my father was a publisher and it was expected that I would become a publisher as well - in his firm.
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I also did posters - once again, very simple and very direct.
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I come from a family of business people, but I had the idea I wanted to become an artist.
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I cycle always from my home to my studio - about 20 minutes.
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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.
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I have been drawing all my life.
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I think I have always made my books for myself. If they happen to get across to children, then that's my good luck.
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I thought it was amazing to work with authors, to get a manuscript and try to make up a cover for it.
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I thought it would be very nice to become Picasso or Rembrandt, or a van Gogh.
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I try to reach the same in my text - no difficult words, lots of room for imagination - a balance to the drawing.
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I want a nice picture book with 12 pictures - I do my best with that format.
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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.
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Miffy has changed quite a lot since the early books, although I never realised it at the time.
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Most of my books start a little bit more complicated and then I try to simplify them.
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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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My mother told me that when I was a child of about 4 years old I was already drawing landscapes and little flowers.
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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.
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Once I think the drawings are okay, I draw them with a brush and poster paint, the old fashioned way, very very slowly.
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Right at the beginning, I didn't know if Miffy was a boy or girl.
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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.
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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.
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Very often, when I have to do an animal, I go to the zoo and try to draw it in very natural ways, as good as I can.
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When I make a book, I make it for the child and not for the parent - no jokes in it for the parents!
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When I'm working on a book, I try to do it a little bit better than the last one, so the work gets better and better.
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Why is Miffy so timeless? That is difficult to explain, but a child is also timeless.
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