Get to know our cover artist, adelina lir­ius

Frankie - - FRANK BITS -

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.

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