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).

On drawing

For me, drawing and writing have both always been very important - using them both as tools to express, revise, construct, negotiate and develop thoughts and feelings. ⠀Drawing can calm me down and writing helps me to think more clearly.⠀⠀This is one of the illustrations from the book, showing some of the few suggestions of what you can do with Sadness. As the book only has 12 spreads, I could only include a few suggestions from all the ideas I had and things I found during my research. Maybe I should find a place for all those others as well.⠀⠀Do you have a creative outlet? Does it help you to deal with difficult emotions? ⠀⠀‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on January 3d). Pre-order link in bio.⠀⠀#WhenSadnessComesToCall #evaeland #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth

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For me, drawing and writing have both always been very important – using them both as tools to express, revise, construct, negotiate and develop thoughts and feelings. ⠀
Drawing can calm me down and writing helps me to think more clearly.⠀

This is one of the illustrations from the book, showing some of the few suggestions of what you can do with Sadness. As the book only has 12 spreads, I could only include a few suggestions from all the ideas I had and things I found during my research. Maybe I should find a place for all those others as well.⠀

Do you have a creative outlet? Does it help you to deal with difficult emotions? ⠀

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.

See more drawings in the original post on Instagram.

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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In between the lines

15 / 100. Sometimes mindless doodling helps me think. Especially when it’s not directly related to the project I’m working on. Something about concentrating the mind without trying too hard?These figures are simply trying to fit in, or not?#100dayproject #100daychallenge #100daysofdrawing #drawingeveryday #drawingfromimagination #ballpointdrawing #fittingin #inbetweenthelines #mindlessdoodles

15 / 100. Sometimes mindless doodling helps me think. Especially when it’s not directly related to the project I’m working on. Something about concentrating the mind without trying too hard? These figures are simply trying to fit in, or not?

For more doodles trying to fit in, see original post on Instagram.