Endpapers

See the original Instagram for all sketches.

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).

Hibernation



Read the original post on Instagram.

Even though I’d love to go into hibernation and hide under the blanket – the world is still moving as fast as ever – and I have a book launch to prepare for! ⠀
If you happen to be in Amsterdam today (Friday 16th) feel free to drop by in the Scheltema (Rokin 9), and say hello and celebrate the launch of ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ with me. We are starting at 16.00 pm. All are welcome.⠀

This was one of the images from an earlier iteration of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, that didn’t make it into the book eventually.

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

Read the original post on Instagram.

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?

When Sadness Comes to Call

I finally found out how to repost an image because I just have to share this. I’ll be sitting in front of the mailbox every day now to await my own copies  (sorry you all have to wait a bit longer but you can pre-order it if you like, at your local bookshop)P.S. I might take some time to reply messages as I really need to get some work done. If it takes a while before I reply it’s not because I think I’m too important now with my fancy co-editions #Repost @andersenpress with @get_repost・・・Introducing... When Sadness Comes to Call by Eva Eland, sitting atop seven foreign editions. You can look out for this incredible picture book about managing your emotions in January 2019 across the world 🌍 #evaeland #whensadnesscomestocall #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #childrensmentalhealth

I finally found out how to repost an image because I just have to share this. I’ll be sitting in front of the mailbox every day now to await my own copies (sorry you all have to wait a bit longer but you can pre-order it if you like, at your local bookshop)

P.S. I might take some time to reply messages as I really need to get some work done. If it takes a while before I reply it’s not because I think I’m too important now with my fancy co-editions

#Repost @andersenpress with @get_repost・・・

Introducing… When Sadness Comes to Call by Eva Eland, sitting atop seven foreign editions. You can look out for this incredible picture book about managing your emotions in January 2019 across the world 🌍

Original post on Instagram.