The Touchoo Book – App Creator is already in use by a few lucky alpha testers. One of them is Daniela ..
Daniella Koffler is an Illustrator and an animation director.
Graduate from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and currently is working on book illustrations, e-books, and a new animation film.
Her graduation film has been selected to several international film festivals in Europe and the USA.
How did Nina come about?
As a child, I was always imagining things and creatures. Some of them were my friends, and so whenever I played alone, I was never really alone.
I started thinking of a girl who would have an imaginary friend who’s always there, but will never be mentioned in the text.
That’s how both Nina and her little creature, Roomie, were born.
How did you come up with the characters?
I love Vintage photography and old illustrations. I collect old children’s books from all over the world and they inspire my compositions and my character design.
Nina was inspired by several vintage photographs of sweet little girl. Roomie was meant to represent another side of Nina,
A side braver then she is, a bit more impulsive. That’s why he is an undefined sort of an animal.
As it turned out, creating a Book App is a large scale mission and it involves everything I learned as an illustrator, everything I learned as an animator and a few more things I’ve learned in the department of visual communication’s interactive classes.
Anything you would like to add about the book or the creation process?
As an animator as well as an illustrator, I really enjoyed this process of illustrating then animating the scenes.
Creating a book app feels like a new art form to me, and I’m very glad to be a part of it.
I like the fact that the Touchoo creator allows me to concentrate on what I do best – the creative parts.
Can you name some favorite children’s books?
O, this is a very long list…in the classic’s department I was always inspired by Tove Janssen – love the Mumins and all of her creatures.
I love fables and so the Grimm brothers and Hans Chritian Andersen are among my all-time favorites.
From the new writers and illustrators I admire the collaborations for children between illustrator Dave Mccann and writer Neil Gaiman,
I love Shaun Tan’s work and Oliver Jefferson’s books.
“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.”(Ivan Panin)
Daniella’s website: www.daniellakoffler.com