Get to know our cover artist, adelina lirius
Tell us a bit about yourself, please. I work as an illustrator and designer in Stockholm, Sweden. I’ve always loved drawing. I got a box of coloured pencils when I was about four, and from then on I was hooked. I also love snorkelling; I find coral reefs fascinating. How do you describe your style of art? Detailed, playful and imaginary, with muted or earthy colour tones. Does Sweden influence your artwork at all? Yes, the nature here is beautiful, with many lakes and forests. The older architecture in Stockholm is beautiful, too, and since I love everything vintage with lots of history, I find those buildings and their carefully crafted details very inspiring. What are your favourite types of things to illustrate? I love to draw and paint people and their emotions, plus nature and buildings. I also like to illustrate a feeling or a dream, making them come to life though my art. Talk us through your creative process. After some research, I start by sketching different ideas on my ipad. When I’m happy with the design, I paint parts of it by hand with gouache or watercolour. I then continue drawing details digitally until I’m happy with the composition and colour. Sometimes I mix traditional media, and sometimes I create the whole piece digitally, depending what fits the project. What are you working on at the moment? I’m very excited to be illustrating a picture book. The process is rather new to me, but a very enjoyable one! The joy of diving in to the characters and creating different scenes makes time fly by very fast in the studio.