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The Snowqueen - Following her call by anja-uhren The Snowqueen - Following her call by anja-uhren
The book including this illustration can be ordered in my [Etsy] and [DaWanda] online shop if you wish to.




For the latest university project we were asked to produce a cover and 2 double pages for 4 different tales by Hans Christian Andersen.

Fairy Tales have always been a huge inspiration to me and my work so I loved every second of working on this project. Even though I would have enjoyed it more to focus completely on one tale and illustrate the whole thing instead of just interpreting certain parts of four different ones...
Anyway, I learned a whole lot during working on these and am now more certain than ever before that picture books really are what I want to create as an artist. They offer so much expressive freedom and creative choices - it's wonderful.



The first tale I chose to illustrate was 'The Snowqueen'.

Here's a small abstract of the evaluation I had to write at the end, regarding this particular double spread:

'(...) For the second double spread illustrating 'The Snow Queen' for instance, the abduction of little Kay by the Snow Queen's majestic sledge, as it is described in the narrative, was not chosen to be depicted on the accompanying illustration. Instead the image shows a boy setting out on a quest for knowledge by himself. He is leaving his home and family behind, while the 'Snow Queen' is only a part of his subconscious, created by a monotonous day to day routine, which is symbolized by her consisting of the smoke – the 'refuse' - rising from his home town's chimneys. While this is only the visual interpretation of the illustrator, it is supposed to challenge the reader/viewer to look at the written word from a different perspective in order to find their very own interpretation in-between the lines of the text.'


If you are interested in reading more about this project you can do so in my [Blog].



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:iconsergej12345:
Sergej12345 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Nice interpretation.
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:iconjurggonnaloveit:
jurggonnaloveit Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
wow! This is really beautiful.  I love the composition. I love the snow queen, it's my favorite fairy tale. 
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:iconanja-uhren:
anja-uhren Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly yet again. (:
It's one of my favourite tales as well, so many magical encounters and important lessons to be learned from it. (:
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:iconjurggonnaloveit:
jurggonnaloveit Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
yes! there are many lessons to be learned, I love the female characters in it too! 
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:iconsayuri12moonlight:
sayuri12moonlight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Digital Artist
:icondragonwant: I'm speechless...This is so amazing!!! 
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:iconanja-uhren:
anja-uhren Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
aw thank you!! :3
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:iconkcici:
Kcici Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist
This is another beautiful illustration.*v*
I love reading your evaluations. It's interesting to see your ideas and goal for those who'd be viewing it in the book.:D
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:iconanja-uhren:
anja-uhren Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
Yes, it's very important to me that my illustrations are not merely decorative but add something to the reading experience.
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willwriteforhearts Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Writer
I looked at your blog, the pictures were absolutely wonderful! Would there be any chance that you'll fully illustrate a book and sell it? I would definitely buy it :) 
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:iconanja-uhren:
anja-uhren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
Oh I definitely want to illustrate many books in the future. I just need more time and at the moment the projects for University are my main focus but they're not really long enough to create a whole book....
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:iconmy-anne:
My-Anne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's beautiful! They should hire you to illustrate a fairy-tale book!
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:iconanja-uhren:
anja-uhren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
That's definitely something I'd love to do. :)
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:iconmy-anne:
My-Anne Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that would be great!! How awesome would it be when you would read a bedtime story to your future kids and you get to say: Mommy illustrated this herself! I'll tell you how awesome it would be! VERY!
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CapriMoon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful
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:iconanja-uhren:
anja-uhren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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RinaDiamant Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... interesting interpritation
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:iconanja-uhren:
anja-uhren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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