Cristiana Radu
The Yellow Tram

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I was proposed to draw the illustrations for a book about the voyage of a little girl and her mum with the tram. In the eyes of the child, the people, the city and the tramway itself metamorphose little by little, and the landscape they pass through slowly changes from banal and grey to fantastic and full of life and hidden treasures. A plead for a different way of looking at things around us.

How was the illustration used:
In a children's book.

How did you make this work:
Watercolour, gouache, coloured pencils.

Commissioner Company :
Cartea Copiilor Publishing House

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I am a free-lance illustrator based in Bucharest. I like to do editorial drawings and book illustrations, but my main passion stays drawing children’s books. I am always experimenting new techniques; my preference is to “get my hands dirty” using anything from gouache to linocut or coloured pencils, and to use Photoshop to set the final composition right. I am proud to have three books in the White Raven Books Selection (2015, 2016, 2017) and to have received the Most Beautiful Romanian Children's Book of the Year Prize in 2013, 2014, 2016. I have also been nominated by Romania to Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019.