Category Archives: Childrens’ Book Illustration

Day 20: Something Orange

Day 20: Something Orange

Autumn is here so this watercolour is full of shades of orange and gold and all the lovely colours of the fall. This is for my friend Amanda whose birthday it is today.

Day 20: Something Orange
Day 20: Something Orange by Lili Cabena

She won’t see it and won’t know I’m writing about her as I haven’t told her about this blog. Come to think about it I’ve barely told any friends about this blog yet but once I have some more art pieces up here I might be brave and spread the word!

Day 20: Something Orange... on greyDay 20: Something Orange (on grey) by Lili Cabena

wrapping paper background

I loved creating this watercolour so made it into a free printable wrapping paper for you to download and print! Try the link below and let me know if it works! Bear with me as this is the first free printable I’ve added!

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Just a Doodle

Day 18: Just a Doodle

Day 18 - Just a Doodle by Lili Cabena
Day 18 – Just a Doodle by Lili Cabena

I wonder if anyone else has the habit of drawing miniature versions of their clothing before any trip or holiday? I always did this when I was younger, as a way of organising what to pack and what outfits to wear on which days. Yes I was super-organised! It was quicker for me to ‘see’ the item of clothing in my minds eye and draw it, deciding which pieces it matched to make up an outfit, than it was to write lists. Most designers think visually in this way – it’s a useful skill we never lose!

Day 17: Favourite Plant

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A sketch of some native Australian plants
Day 17 LiliCabena Faveplant_2
A quick sketch of some native Australian plants

A couple of very quick sketches/paintings of some Australian native plants. These remind me of a family holiday in Western Australia a couple of years ago.

Day 16: Inspiration

Day16_inspiration_lilicabenaDay 16: My Inspiration – The Sea by Lili Cabena
Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas.

The week I started this blog and the Drawing Challenge, was the week I happened to be moving house. I moved to the little beachside suburb of Bronte, so I like to think my work has been inspired somewhat by living by the sea again: from the bright sparkling turquoise ocean on a hot day to the faded pale grey sea on a rainy day like today, the sea and the beach are the inspiration for my colour palette. I enjoyed playing with perspective in this piece and like how the collaged strips of paper cast shadows on the canvas and add a 3D effect to the landscape.

The Snow Queen

Day 14: Fairytale

day14_fairytale_lili cabenaGerda & the Reindeer. The Snow Queen lllustration by Lili Cabena
Mixed Media

I wanted to create a drawing that evoked that other worldliness depicted in the fairytale books I had growing up. At least that’s how I remember them – marvellous and magical – children can get so much more from the illustrations in a book than an adult can, and sometimes years later, just seeing that illustration again can take you back to how you felt when you first read that story.

My favourite fairytale was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. This is one of Hans Christian Anderson’s longest tales, unusual in that almost all of it’s main characters are female. It’s a story that has been illustrated beautifully many times by Dulac, Rackham, Milo Winter, Eleanor Vere Boyle etc. Those are some of my favourites. But who were the illustrators of the humble fairytale books we read growing up… they probably weren’t well known at all and yet would have approached this subject in their own way despite the many great artists having covered it already in their own style. The Snow Queen is topical at the moment with the release of Disney’s Frozen, which I am excited to see.

Day 13: Comic

Today I thought I’d do a few quick portraits in a ‘comic’ style… (well, I’m not big on comics!). When I was a child I would doodle faces all day long. One day I had a thought – what if all the faces I had ever drawn had their own little world and personalities, and in drawing each one, I had made these creatures come to life?! Scary stuff for an 8 year old!

Day13_comic_Lili Cabena Illustration

Next up is Day 14: Favourite Faitytale

Draw Something

Day 8: Favourite Animated Character

Growing up watching Disney cartoons, I wanted to be Rapunzel. It must have been the endless tresses of hair, plus living on your own in a tower wouldn’t be so bad, you could read books and paint and draw… So for this challenge, with a little inspiration from a Disney Princess pose (Glen Keane & Disney), http://www.pinterest.com/pin/257760778647162265/ I sketched my own version of myself as a Rapunzel. Nothing better after a pretty ordinary day at work than to see yourself in princess mode.

Day 8: Favourite Animated_CharacterRapunzel

Tomorrow, Favourite TV Show…