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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.

Draw Something

Draw Something!

That was the idea behind this project, which began as a Pinterest pin which led to a ‘why don’t we’ from an illustrator pal. And the Draw Something project was born! The brief is to draw something different every day for 30 days. These can be quick 5 minute sketches…I seem to be alot more time poor than I was in my art college days! I had been working as a graphic designer for some time and hadn’t illustrated anything by hand in a number of years. This was one sure-fire way get back in practice!

30 Day Draw Challenge
30 Day Draw Challenge

Half way through now – keep tuning in for daily drawings and doodles!

Day 12: Most Recent Accomplishment

This is the latest painting I’ve been working on. I’m really enjoying working with the geometric trend at the moment and thought I’d mix this with some summer bright hues, earth tones and neons that would work well in any room as a piece of wall art.

circles painting_floorboardsThere are so many digital prints around of this type of thing but I loved the challenge of starting out from scratch with pencil and compass, getting the geometry right and then working out the colour hue combinations, adding metallic copper as a final touch.

circles painting_cropped gre baseOption 1: Green Base

I painted this with the intention of it hanging on a wall in portrait format with the green hues at the base. Until my boyfriend commented that obviously it was meant to be hung horizontally as it looked better that way right?! Well now I’m confused…which way up does this painting look best? Please vote for option 1, 2 or 3! Thanks for voting!

circles painting_cropped red baseOption 2: Red Base

circles painting_croppedOption 3: Landscape

summer brights templateTomorrow, Day 13: ‘Comic’… coming soon!

Draw Something

Draw Something!

That was the idea behind this project, which began as a Pinterest pin which led to a ‘why don’t we’ from an illustrator pal. And the Draw Something project was born! The brief is to draw something different every day for 30 days. These can be quick 5 minute sketches…I seem to be alot more time poor than I was in my art college days! I had been working as a graphic designer for some time and hadn’t illustrated anything by hand in a number of years. This was one sure-fire way get back in practice!

30 Day Draw Challenge
30 Day Draw Challenge

Day 10: My Favourite Candy

As I recall I’ve drawn some candies on Day 3 so I thought I’d stick with the recipe theme and draw a dessert from my favourite cooking cook by Avoca – my favourite place to shop whenever I’m in Ireland 🙂

Day 10_raspberry_bake lili cabena

Day 9: Favourite TV Show

I’m not a big TV watcher, except for Grand Designs and random cooking shows so after watching Nigella cook pea and pancetta pasta on TV this morning, I thought I would illustrate one of my own favourite recipes. Going off on a tangent somewhat but I was lacking a bit on inspiration!

Kale is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame at the moment and rightly so. It takes moments to cook, it’s pretty and green and makes you feel like a super hero after eating it as it has so many darn good things packed into it! This recipe is how I like to cook kale – very simple ingredients, (feel free to add pine nuts, pumpkin seeds etc) quick to make and tastes delicious!

kale_recipe_lili cabena

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…

Draw Something

Day 6: Favourite Character from a Book

Continue reading Day 6: Favourite Character from a Book

Draw Something

Day 4: My Favourite Place

The mountains are grand aren’t they? Green and verdant and refreshing… in a mountain spring sorta way. And on a rainy day they oh so much more beautiful.

Ok, so I’ve taken a bit of creative license here but as I’m a graphic designer by trade, I figured type is allowed. This piece is inspired by an artwork on Pinterest that I have liked for ages, and created with one of my favourite places in mind, the Blue Mountains, Australia. I hope it brings an energising breath of fresh mountain air to your day!

Original Sketch:

move to the mountains_1

Text Added:

move to the mountains_2

Green Setting Added:

move to the mountains_3

Getting Carried Away…

move to the mountains_4

This one I’ll be printing large scale and hanging on my wall:

move to the mountains_5

Geometric shapes and transparencies added:

mountains_navajo

Thanks for tuning in! More artwork tomorrow with the theme ‘My Best Friend’.

Day 3: My Favourite Food

I am pretty partial to lollies. I have been known to go through a bag in one sitting, especially when working. There are so many other foods that would be good to draw but something about the bright artificial colours of lollies made me want to create this quick sketch with heightened colours. You can almost smell the sugar!

Day3_fave_foodCharcoal, pencil & gouache on paper.

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