http://www.nu.nl/binnenla(...)na-89-overleden.htmlquote:Tekenaar Dick Bruna is vrijdag overleden. Hij was vooral bekend als de geestelijk vader van Nijntje.
Dat heeft zijn uitgeverij vrijdag bekendgemaakt. Bruna overleed in zijn slaap.
De Utrechter werd wereldberoemd met zijn relatief eenvoudige, zeer herkenbare tekeningen.
Niet alleen kindertjes. Een Japanse vriendin van me leert Nederlands o.a. met Nijntje-boekjes.quote:
En:quote:Eventually, Bruna Senior acquiesced, and challenged his son to design a cover for one of his company's novels. The design proved an instant success, and Bruna went on to draw nearly 2,000 covers, spanning everything from Simenon to Shakespeare. Even in those early days, the fundamentals of Bruna's style were already in place – a stark, graphic beauty that captures, as Miffy does, a great sense of character in very few lines. The influence of Matisse was evident in his cut-paper technique; so too was a linear simplicity inspired by Mondrian.
However, not all of Bruna's artistic heroes are quite so highbrow. A photograph of the late Charles M Schulz, creator of Snoopy, hangs on one wall of his studio. "I only met him for two or three hours, but in that short time we became friends," says Bruna. What did they talk about? "Oh, old men's talk," he says with a smile. "He showed me how he held his right wrist with his left hand to stop it shaking when he drew. And I made a note of that."
RIP Nijntje.quote:For Bruna, the line of a drawing is an intensely personal thing: "An artist's line is his handwriting," he says. It is one reason why he has always avoided new technology ("When computers first arrived, they showed me everything, but I thought 'No, this is not my world.'") sticking instead with a shaky wooden brush to produce what he calls "a line with a heartbeat".
It is also why he has no intention of passing on the responsibility for drawing Miffy when he dies. "I have two sons and a daughter who all draw very well but they must make their own ideas and draw the way they want to. When I am finished, the drawings are finished," he says firmly. "Miffy is a part of me."