Tristezza non mi fai paura!

We had to cancel our trip to the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna last minute. “Sometimes Disappointment arrives unexpectedly”. It’s a small consolation to know that the Italian edition of my book, published by #nordsudedizioni, has been spotted in the bookstore by my dear friends @artsofsong and @margaretsturton, who are hopefully eating lots of gelato on my behalf. Also, I know my work is in good hands with the wonderful people from @andersenpress who will be working very hard this week at the fair. I wish everyone at the fair a good time this week! #repost @lamicofritzofficine・・・Non tutta la tristezza viene per nuocere, ci sono giorni in cui arriva senza nessuno preavviso, ma non ha cattive intenzioni, vuole solo essere accettata. Allora bisogna accoglierla, ascoltare in silenzio ciò che vuole dire e invece di respingerla possiamo provare ad abbracciarla, senza paura. Magari ha bisogno solo di dormire con un amico vicino. “Quando ti sveglierai, non preoccuparti se sarà andata via. È un nuovo giorno per lei e anche per te.” Un libro che arriva come una carezza: gentile, delicato e caldo. Ci insegna a non avere paura delle nostre emozioni, ma ci sprona a riconoscerle e a essere capaci di accettarle. Bello. #tristezzanonmifaipaura #evaeland #marinellabarigazzi #nordsudedizioni #whensadnesscomestocall #book #bookforkids #instabook #bookstagram #libribelli #cipiace #albiillustrati #illustration #kids #emozioni #emotions
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We had to cancel our trip to the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna last minute. “Sometimes Disappointment arrives unexpectedly”. It’s a small consolation to know that the Italian edition of my book, published by #nordsudedizioni, has been spotted in the bookstore by my dear friends @artsofsong and @margaretsturton, who are hopefully eating lots of gelato on my behalf. Also, I know my work is in good hands with the wonderful people from @andersenpress who will be working very hard this week at the fair. I wish everyone at the fair a good time this week!

 

#repost @lamicofritzofficine・・・Non tutta la tristezza viene per nuocere, ci sono giorni in cui arriva senza nessuno preavviso, ma non ha cattive intenzioni, vuole solo essere accettata. Allora bisogna accoglierla, ascoltare in silenzio ciò che vuole dire e  invece di respingerla possiamo provare ad abbracciarla, senza paura. Magari ha bisogno solo di dormire con un amico vicino. “Quando ti sveglierai, non preoccuparti se sarà andata via. È un nuovo giorno per lei e anche per te.” Un libro che arriva come una carezza: gentile, delicato e caldo. Ci insegna a non avere paura delle nostre emozioni, ma  ci sprona a riconoscerle e a essere capaci di accettarle. Bello. #tristezzanonmifaipaura #evaeland #marinellabarigazzi #nordsudedizioni #whensadnesscomestocall #book #bookforkids #instabook #bookstagram #libribelli #cipiace #albiillustrati #illustration #kids #emozioni #emotions

Risography

For those of you who wonder about how I made the artwork for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, I’m reposting something I posted a while back over @pictureaday_artists. If you like picture books and art, do check out this account, as an international artist takes over each week. This week it’s @phoebe.swan with her lovely, bold artwork. She just published her debut book as well, with a very important message. #repost @pictureaday_artists・・・Where all the magic happens. The risograph machine looks like an ordinary copy machine but it uses a similar principle as screen printing, where ink is pushed through little holes. But it’s a lot quicker and cleaner, once you have figured out how to prepare your layers and which settings you want to use. On the wall the very blue image in the middle is mine and the one with the chair and ladder (swipe for a close up). You might also recognise work made by @melissa.castrillon, @hwillustrator and @signeit. I don’t know who made the other prints . If you do, let me know in a comment below and I’ll include their names in this post. (I do know the top one in the left now, it’s by @doodleyboo and hanging upside down apparently)Layers for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (published by @andersenpress) have been made with the risograph machine, but as colours are so limited, we chose to select our own colours and have them printed in exact Pantone colours (rather than the usual CMYK). I love this extra care that went into the production of the book, it’s details like this that can make a big difference. #risography #printmaking @cambridgeschoolofart @csacbi #printmakingstudio #evaeland #whensadnesscomestocall
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Where all the magic happens. The risograph machine looks like an ordinary copy machine but it uses a similar principle as screen printing, where ink is pushed through little holes. But it’s a lot quicker and cleaner, once you have figured out how to prepare your layers and which settings you want to use.
On the wall the very blue image in the middle is mine and the one with the chair and ladder (swipe for a close up). You might also recognise work made by @melissa.castrillon, @hwillustrator@doodleyboo  and @signeit.
Layers for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (published by @andersenpress) have been made with the risograph machine, but as colours are so limited, we (art director Beccy Garrill, editor Libby Hamilton and me) chose to select our own colours and have them printed in exact Pantone colours (rather than the usual CMYK). I love this extra care that went into the production of the book, it’s details like this that can make a big difference.

Say hello to Sadness

Say hello to Sadness, because today is publication day of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’!

Many thanks to the wonderful team at @andersenpress, in particular Libby @libbyhamham and Beccy @bexgarrill for their superb editing – and art directing skills. It’s an understatement when I say that I couldn’t have made this book without them.

I finished this book during my study at the @cambridge_school_of_art @csacbi and developed the blueprint of it with the help of wonderful tutors (and classmates!). Only a few of them are here on Instagram but thank you for some amazing and insightful tutorials @pamsmyillustrator @kmanolessou @davidhughesinc and friends and classmates for all the support, cakes interesting conversations.

And last but not least, thanks to my family (@welcometotheprocess @aldo_eland) and @mauri.mendes for continuing support. And Mauri in particular for making sure I’m always fed, hugged and cheered on along the way!

This is an illustration from the book. I am still surprised sometimes at how much lighter the feeling of sadness becomes, when I simply accept its presence and stop resisting it, one way or the other. This is one of the experiences I’d like to share with the reader (be it a child or an adult). Maybe sadness isn’t all that scary and overwhelming when we can face it directly, with kindness and curiosity.

How do you usually cope with feelings of sadness? Can you ‘sit’ with it sometimes and just let it be? I have to confess that it’s one of the lessons I’m still learning myself.

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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? ⠀

Original idea

I found back the thumbnails of the original idea for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ after many years, when I was studying the MA Children’s Book Illustration. We’d just started the Sequential Image module, led by the incredibly talented @pamsmyillustrator (who also happens to be a very good teacher). After months of drawing from observation we we’re finally ‘allowed’ to draw from imagination. In my proposal I wrote: “I want my sequential images to be about consolation, comfort and emotions” and I asked “Can I make a sequence that gives the viewer the feeling of being consoled and hugged?”.⠀⠀Do you know any books which achieve that? Do you have an idea of why that is? I’d love to know and might start a weekly review at some point of ‘sad’, cathartic and comforting books. Would anyone be interested in that?⠀⠀The image is from the title page from ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on January 3d). Pre-order link in bio.⠀ Look out for all the co-editions as well, of which I will share more later.
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I found back the thumbnails of the original idea for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ after many years, when I was studying the MA Children’s Book Illustration. We’d just started the Sequential Image module, led by the incredibly talented @pamsmyillustrator (who also happens to be a very good teacher). After months of drawing from observation we were finally ‘allowed’ to draw from imagination. In my proposal I wrote: “I want my sequential images to be about consolation, comfort and emotions” and I asked “Can I make a sequence that gives the viewer the feeling of being consoled and hugged?”.⠀

Do you know any books which achieve that? Do you have an idea of why that is?

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
Read the original post on Instagram.

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.

Als Verdriet op bezoek komt

Before I forget: if you are in Amsterdam on the 16th and you would like to join me at the book launch of the Dutch edition of my book, ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ (Leopold, November 14th), let me know within a few days, so we can make sure there will be enough to drink for everyone 🥂. It will be at the @scheltemaboekverkopers, I used to work there, years ago!The UK edition of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ with @andersenpress will be available from 3d and we are planning a book launch on Blue Monday (apparently the saddest day of the year). So just hang in there for a bit longer... #alsverdrietopbezoekkomt #evaeland #uitgeverijleopold #whensadnesscomestocall
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Before I forget: if you are in Amsterdam on the 16th and you would like to join me at the book launch of the Dutch edition of my book, ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ (Leopold, November 14th), let me know within a few days, so we can make sure there will be enough to drink for everyone 🥂. It will be at the @scheltemaboekverkopers, I used to work there, years ago!
The UK edition of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ with @andersenpress will be available from 3d and we are planning a book launch on Blue Monday (apparently the saddest day of the year). So just hang in there for a bit longer…

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.