I started this project during my studies at the master Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. The brief was very open: create a sequence of images that belong to each other. My initial proposal was to make a comforting sequence and address difficult emotions. After various explorations, I made a picturebook about sadness, which I developed further with Andersen Press.
I tried to make a universal accessible book, that people could also relate to personally. For this reason, I created very pared-back images and text, to allow the reader the space to reflect on their own experiences, relate to the content and make the story their own.
I used pencil drawings, Photoshop and risography to create separate colour layers, which are printed in 3 Pantone colours.
Eva Eland is a Dutch author and illustrator who lives in England. She earned an MA with distinction in children’s book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, and has also studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the School of Visual Arts in New York. When Sadness Comes to Call is her first picture book. Eva grew up in Delft, Netherlands, and now lives in Cambridge with her fiancé.