Sometimes Sadness arrives unexpectedly…

Sometimes Sadness arrives unexpectedly…The idea for this book is quite old already. I have really small thumbnails and notes that I jotted down in an hour or so, dating back to 2012 - which are almost like a very (very) rough blueprint of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’. It was called something along the line of ‘An unwanted guest - a manual’. I know I still have it somewhere but I can’t find it at the moment. This is the illustration from the first spread of the book. Swipe to see the very first sketch from my sketchbook where I start exploring ‘difficult emotions’ during the Children’s Book Illustration master - it’s one of the drawings that actually made it into the book, and even though the main character changed - Sadness didn’t change that much. He just arrived and lingered around until he made his way into the book.Do you also feel like the ideas that come easily (at first) are often the best?Illustration from ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on January 3d). Pre-order link in bio.#whensadnesscomestocall
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Sometimes Sadness arrives unexpectedly…

The idea for this book is quite old already. I have really small thumbnails and notes that I jotted down in an hour or so, dating back to 2012 – which are almost like a very (very) rough blueprint of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’. It was called something along the line of ‘An unwanted guest – a manual’. I know I still have it somewhere but I can’t find it at the moment.

This is the illustration from the first spread of the book. Swipe to see the very first sketch from my sketchbook where I start exploring ‘difficult emotions’ during the Children’s Book Illustration master – it’s one of the drawings that actually made it into the book, and even though the main character changed – Sadness didn’t change that much. He just arrived and lingered around until he made his way into the book.

Do you also feel like the ideas that come easily (at first) are often the best?

A large tapestry

As I was wondering what to share about this book I started looking back through some notes and earlier iterations of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call (@AndersenPress, out on 3d January). It’s so easy to forget how much work and research has gone into it. I will share some of my inspiration, but it’s impossible to single out anything and do it all justice, as it’s a large tapestry of personal experiences, talks with friends, family and colleagues, books, TedTalks, observations, events in my life and guidance from tutors at the MA Children’s Book Illustration and my editor Libby Hamilton and art director Beccy Garrill at Andersen Press, that are all interwoven in this book. Anyone that doesn’t work in the publishing industry probably wouldn’t suspect just how much of a collaborative process the making of a picture book can be. I’ve had incredible guidance from Libby and Beccy at Andersen Press, and together we managed to make the book so much better than I could ever have made it on my own. I might share more thoughts on that later, but for now I just want to say THANK YOU to the team at @andersenpress and in particular Libby @libbyhamham and Beccy @bexgarrill for all the dedication and hard work that went into this book and for being so good at your jobs. Questions for people following (and making it to the end of my posts ): what would you like to read or see about this project? Do you have any questions you’d like me to answer?I wish I was one of those illustrators with beautiful sketchbooks and developmental work but I’m afraid my work process is rather messy! I just gather lot’s of ideas, rapidly, after which I spend endless hours organising my thoughts and drawings to something comprehensive and accessible.#whensadnesscomestocall
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As I was wondering what to share about this book I started looking back through some notes and earlier iterations of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call (@AndersenPress, out on 3d January). It’s so easy to forget how much work and research has gone into it. I will share some of my inspiration, but it’s impossible to single out anything and do it all justice, as it’s a large tapestry of personal experiences, talks with friends, family and colleagues, books, TedTalks, observations, events in my life and guidance from tutors at the MA Children’s Book Illustration and my editor Libby Hamilton and art director Beccy Garrill at Andersen Press, that are all interwoven in this book.

Anyone that doesn’t work in the publishing industry probably wouldn’t suspect just how much of a collaborative process the making of a picture book can be. I’ve had incredible guidance from Libby and Beccy at Andersen Press, and together we managed to make the book so much better than I could ever have made it on my own. I might share more thoughts on that later, but for now, I just want to say THANK YOU to the team at @andersenpress and in particular Libby @libbyhamham and Beccy @bexgarrill for all the dedication and hard work that went into this book and for being so good at your jobs.

I wish I was one of those illustrators with beautiful sketchbooks and developmental work but I’m afraid my work process is rather messy! I just gather lot’s of ideas, rapidly, after which I spend endless hours organising my thoughts and drawings to something comprehensive and accessible.

Cat drawings

Feeling inspired by all these cat drawings made this morning at a drop-in workshop I was running in collaboration with @camfilmfest and @kettlesyard at the @campicturehouse. So much creativity, freedom and dedication and exceptional drawn and collaged cats. The documentary Kedi was sold out but the film festival still runs for a few days, and there is always the possibility to go to Kettles Yard and visit te collection. Check my stories for more great cat art. #catdrawings #catdrawingsofinstagram #childrensdrawings #catportraits #artworkshop #kettlesyard #cambridgepicturehouse #cambridgefilmfestival #kedidocumentary #streetcatsofistanbul #streetcats

Feeling inspired by all these cat drawings made this morning at a drop-in workshop I was running in collaboration with @camfilmfest and @kettlesyard at the @campicturehouse. So much creativity, freedom and dedication and exceptional drawn and collaged cats. The documentary Kedi was sold out but the film festival still runs for a few days, and there is always the possibility to go to Kettles Yard and visit the collection.

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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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‘Serious’ play

I had only half an hour to do some risography colour tests so I just threw some old bits and bobs on the machine and printed it on old prints from another project. I look forward to te day I can allow myself some time for some ‘serious’ play - and see what emerges from it. Not quite the colours I need right now... #playandexperiment #randomcollage #random #shapesandtextures #linedrawing #risograph #risography #flatgold #tealgreen #neonpink #orange #sorrythebook #sosorry

I had only half an hour to do some risography colour tests so I just threw some old bits and bobs on the machine and printed it on old prints from another project. I look forward to the day I can allow myself some time for some ‘serious’ play – and see what emerges from it. Not quite the colours I need right now…
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