I'm not a perfectionist. I'm just very observant.
The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
There was a great deal of peer recognition to be gained in elementary school by being able to draw well. One girl could draw horses so well, she was looked upon as a kind of sorceress.
Brainstorming, for me, takes place in my bed at night between the time I turn out my lights and I finally fall asleep. It is not a very violent storm, but what's happening is I am just thinking about different ideas and maybe things I've seen that day that I think might make a good story.
Santa is our culture's only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It's a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that's a pity.
At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if - what then' approach to writing and illustration.
As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen.
I write for what's left of the eight-year-old still rattling around inside my head.
Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far. I can't see any reason to change the formula now.
Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art, but I think it's quite relevant. Besides, it makes me feel great.
I think it's difficult to forget things that are unresolved.
I think most people agree there is a component of skill in art making; you have to learn grammar before you learn how to write.
My ideas are not meant to suggest dreams or reality, but a surreal quality.
'The Polar Express' began with the idea of a train standing alone in the woods. I asked myself, 'What if a boy gets on that train? Where does he go?'
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