Endpapers

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These are details from the endpapers from ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’. Some of the people are based on observational drawings of strangers, others are drawn from imagination.
I felt strangely relieved to have the sad people from the front endpapers do happy things on the back endpapers, as I didn’t like the idea of sad people being stuck in the book. Swipe to see some of those original sketches as well.
I wanted to include different kinds of sadness and also adults, to show children how anyone might be feeling sad, occasionally. Also grownups.
I also played with the idea of giving each person a sadness character of their own – to emphasise how it’s a personal feeling and how we all deal with it in different ways – but eventually, I decided against it and only used the one sadness shape I had developed.
By this point I was also running out of steam I think and didn’t feel like channelling even more sadness, as I felt plenty of sadness in and around me already.

If your sadness was a character, how would it look? And what would it be doing? I will tell you, it’s very therapeutic to have a sadness character of your own, as you can let it do some nice things and even get it to smile occasionally 🙂 If you or your children decide to draw your own sadness, could you share it with me or use #drawyourownsadness if you decide to post it?

‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on 3d January).

How would you draw sadness?

How would you draw sadness? Here are some early explorations of my Sadness character, when I thought that I needed to make it look more ‘original’. Hairy creatures passed the revenue. Too human figures. Too sad and dark figures. And even an elephant - until I decided a sad blob was fine. It worked and did it’s job. Better than the others could. Sometimes we just have to quiet the ego (or tutors voices ) - and just be of service of the book, I think. Does anyone here have similar experiences? Where you are kind of surprised about where your work is taking you, as if you don’t have a say in the matter yourself? ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on 3d January). Pre-order link in bio....... ........ ..#whensadnesscomestocall #evaeland #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #workinprogress #creativeprocess #sketchbook #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth #letstalkaboutsadness #smallactsofselfcare #consolationandcomfort #artastherapy

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How would you draw sadness?

Here are some early explorations of my Sadness character, when I thought that I needed to make it look more ‘original’. Hairy creatures passed the revenue. Too human figures. Too sad and dark figures. And even an elephant – until I decided a sad blob was fine. It worked and did it’s job. Better than the others could. Sometimes we just have to quiet the ego (or tutors voices 😅) – and just be of service of the book, I think.
Does anyone here have similar experiences? Where you are kind of surprised about where your work is taking you, as if you don’t have a say in the matter yourself?

Book presentation in the Scheltema of ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’, published by Leopold

Hello! After my book presentation of the Dutch edition ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ with Leopold, I had some lovely, quiet days with my family in the Netherlands. To all those who came along to the presentation I want to say thank you. Thank you for being wonderful people and wanting to share a bit of my journey and being supportive. Even though it makes me highly uncomfortable to be in the middle of the attention and have to speak in front of a group of people, I was in a room filled with lots of my favourite people and people I admire and am very fond of - which made it all a bit easier. I have discovered a new type of sadness however, which is mixed with a feeling of shortcoming,  as I only had a few minutes with everyone to have a conversation, sometimes after years of not seeing each other! Thanks to Ria, Rosanne and Manja from Leopold for being there and being a wonderful publisher and @scheltemaboekverkopers and Christiaan for being a wonderful host. I used to work at the Scheltema, a long time ago (which I forgot to mention), so it felt extra special to have my book launch there. Check my Instagram stories for some photos of the presentation.Only 1,5 month left before ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ is officially released! I’ll be sharing more about that soon. If you think you might be interested in attending a book launch in London or Cambridge you can message me your e-mail address so you get a personal invitation. ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, @andersenpress, January 3d. Artwork from 2016: collage from a short sequence without narrative with houses and red suns, made during my study. I might try turning this into a risograph print one day. #AlsVerdrietOpBezoekKomt #uitgeverijleopold #WhenSadnessComesToCall #evaeland#picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #workinprogress #collage #tinyhouse #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth #letstalkaboutsadness #smallactsofselfcare #consolationandcomfort
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Hello! After my book presentation of the Dutch edition ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ with Leopold, I had some lovely, quiet days with my family in the Netherlands.

To all those who came along to the presentation, I want to say thank you. Thank you for being wonderful people and wanting to share a bit of my journey and being supportive. Even though it makes me highly uncomfortable to be in the middle of the attention and have to speak in front of a group of people, I was in a room filled with lots of my favourite people and people I admire and am very fond of – which made it all a bit easier.
I have discovered a new type of sadness, however, which is mixed with a feeling of shortcoming, as I only had a few minutes with everyone to have a conversation, sometimes after years of not seeing each other!

Thanks to Ria, Rosanne and Manja from Leopold for being there and being a wonderful publisher and @scheltemaboekverkopers and Christiaan for being a wonderful host. I used to work at the Scheltema, a long time ago (which I forgot to mention), so it felt extra special to have my book launch there.

Only 1,5 month left before ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ is officially released! I’ll be sharing more about that soon. If you think you might be interested in attending a book launch in London or Cambridge you can message me your e-mail address so you get a personal invitation. ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, @andersenpress, January 3d.

Artwork from 2016: collage from a short sequence without narrative with houses and red suns, made during my study. I might try turning this into a risograph print one day.

Difficult emotions

Continuation of previous posts: I realised that to be able to make something consoling and comforting, I needed to understand the ‘difficult emotions’ first, and soon found myself stuck, with Sadness. And Anger and Fear. Just to give myself a little bit of a break, I drew Happiness too. It was such a relief! ⠀⠀This is a sketch from 2016, one those early explorations of ‘difficult emotions’. It accurately describes the feeling I have of late, of feeling enthusiastic about finally getting this book out in the world - and simultaneously being held back by fear and feeling like hiding instead. ⠀⠀Do you experience the same, that the more important something feels to you, the scarier it often feels to commit to it? And for those that published book already, do you remember how it felt to have your first book coming out? Did you find it scary as well, and how did you deal with that?⠀⠀‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on January 3d). Pre-order link in bio.⠀⠀⠀#whensadnesscomestocall

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I realised that to be able to make something consoling and comforting, I needed to understand the ‘difficult emotions’ first, and soon found myself stuck, with Sadness. And Anger and Fear. Just to give myself a little bit of a break, I drew Happiness too. It was such a relief! ⠀

This is a sketch from 2016, one those early explorations of ‘difficult emotions’. It accurately describes the feeling I have of late, of feeling enthusiastic about finally getting this book out in the world – and simultaneously being held back by fear and feeling like hiding instead. ⠀

Do you experience the same, that the more important something feels to you, the scarier it often feels to commit to it?

Paradox

This drawing I made in 2014. If only we could organise and label all our desires, thoughts and feelings this neatly. Perhaps I’ll manage one day, one book at a time ⠀⠀When I wrote the proposal during my studies for the initial concept, to make a project that would address difficult emotions and also could comfort and console the reader, I foresaw many problems and pointed out the paradox of wanting to both completely allow for the difficult feelings to be, as to offer solutions and ‘contain’ them somehow. A paradox I sometimes still struggle with. How can you both accept and embrace who you are and try to improve yourself at the same time?⠀Any thoughts on this?⠀‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on January 3d). Pre-order link in bio. ⠀⠀#whensadnesscomestocall

Read the original post on Instagram.

This drawing I made in 2014. If only we could organise and label all our desires, thoughts and feelings this neatly. Perhaps I’ll manage one day, one book at a time 😉⠀

When I wrote the proposal during my studies for the initial concept, to make a project that would address difficult emotions and also could comfort and console the reader, I foresaw many problems and pointed out the paradox of wanting to both completely allow for the difficult feelings to be, as to offer solutions and ‘contain’ them somehow. A paradox I sometimes still struggle with. How can you both accept and embrace who you are and try to improve yourself at the same time?⠀
Any thoughts on this?

A drawing a day

If I had more time this month I’d be following this drawing challenge. A drawing a day, no bigger than an inch. If you’re in London and haven’t been to his exhibition yet, go have a look. It’s very inspiring! #JohnVernonLord #DrawingaDay @illustrationhq.

If I had more time this month I’d be following this drawing challenge. A drawing a day, no bigger than an inch. If you’re in London and haven’t been to his exhibition yet, go have a look. It’s very inspiring! #JohnVernonLord #DrawingaDay @illustrationhq.

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