|Howard, Brian, Wendy and Rex.|
|'The Troll Witch' - Brian Froud.|
|Page from forthcoming book - 'Trolls."|
W - It’s interesting hearing you say that, Brian. It make so much sense, and I understand it...and yet it would be so easy to slip over into madness from that place. I’m serious, because you walk a very fine line between ‘this is important, this all makes sense’ and ‘this is chaotic madness.’
H - That’s always true of the Shaman, isn’t it? And of the Fool? Rex and I talk about the wisdom of the Fool quite a lot, and of the madness of the Shaman. It is a fine line to walk when you are dealing with these principles, treading between what is believable and what is not. When I read about magical principals, a part of me thinks: this is definitely true; and another part thinks: no, this is mad. It's like living in two worlds at once. Artists often do live in two worlds, which is why we can seem a bit mad to other people. One foot is in the real world, where we have to feed ourselves and take on practical jobs to make money, and the other foot is in the creative world, which has a different time scale and demands different things of us: that when you sit down and draw, this is what you are going to draw, and how you are going to draw. Living this way can be both liberating and distressing I find, in equal measure.
|Pixie sketch - Brian Froud.|
B - It’s a moment of grace, and you just want it all the time. When I am not in those moments, I think: why can’t I get there? Sometimes, when things go wrong in life (and often there are a lot of things that go wrong in a row), I think that you just need to be jogged along by an inch, that somehow you’re out of sync and you just need to step back into sync, and then everything just works.
|Troll and Maiden - Wendy Froud.|
|Flying Faery - Wendy Froud.|
|Green Man - Brian Froud.|
|Sitting Pretty - Wendy Froud.|
|Brian Froud - Troll spotting!|