Tag Archives: Childrens’ Book Illustration

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!

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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