Every time I read a book, I imagine how to illustrate it

Take a peek into the world of Elena Odriozola, the Spanish illustrator who won the Bratislava Illustration Biennial 2021 Grand Prix.

Spanish illustrator Elena Odriozola won the BIB Golden Apple in 2015.Spanish illustrator Elena Odriozola won the BIB Golden Apple in 2015. (Source: TASR)

After the success of her illustrations as the runner up, Spanish illustrator ELENA ODRIOZOLA has won the 2021 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) Grand Prix for her illustrations from the book Mixed Feelings. This innovative children’s book is an illustrated introduction to philosophy, created in collaboration with her longtime friend and publishing partner Gustavo Puerto Leisse.

The San Sebastian-based renowned illustrator spoke with The Slovak Spectator about her work, children’s books, and her experience with Bratislava.

What does winning the grand prix of the BIB mean to you?

I'm very excited about winning the prize. You never expect it to actually happen, so when they call you and say you’ve won it’s very exciting!

You had already been featured in the BIB and won the runner up prize, the Golden Apple. How did you like Bratislava?

I had the chance to visit Bratislava for a few days back when I won the Golden Apple. I remember dropping the Golden Apple into all the flowers I received. It's a very good memory, Slovakia is so different from Spain but very lovely.

Can you say more about the genesis of the winning book? The idea of philosophy for children is very ambitious and pertinent, was it a challenge to bring it to life?

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

The Constitutional Court in Košice.

State quarantine interferes with personal freedom, the court decided

The Constitutional Court did not accept the complaints of the ombudswoman concerning the bill for state quarantine.

3 h
Illustrative stock photo

Christmas with curfew, family visits will not be an exception

Stricter measures will come back if hospitalisations reach a critical level.

22 h

News digest: Slovak government eases measures but closes schools

First wave of easing the measures starts on Friday. President Čaputová listed among 100 most powerful women. Districts in western and central Slovakia should prepare for heavy snowfall.

21 h
Illustrative stock photo

Booster or bust: Foreigners still face vaccine barriers in Slovakia

How to have your Covid vaccine doses received abroad recognised in Slovakia.

7. dec
Skryť Close ad