Heul doch!

Children‘s book

Publisher Tyrolia Austria
Role Illustration and cover design
Technique digital illustrations

„Heul doch! – Vom Heulen, Weinen, Plärren und Flennen“ written by Frauke Angel is a picture book combined with additional facts about tears and the reasons why people cry.

Frauke Angel, the author, and I collaborated closely. Upon reviewing her manuscript, I sketched initial drafts and character designs. I enjoyed illustrating the entire narrative using red and blue color schemes, symbolizing the warmth and coldness of our emotions. Subsequently, Frauke and the publisher team determined the textual content and visual elements. I proceeded to draft the entire book, incorporating text boxes and creating sketches for both the cover and double-page layouts.

At consistent intervals, I shared updates on my progress with Frauke and Tyrolia. This allowed us to address any issues and appreciate the book’s development. I utilized a combination of pen and paper, Procreate, and Adobe InDesign, creating collages with individual illustrations, which facilitated the layout of double pages.

The concluding illustrations were provided as individual high-resolution files and consolidated InDesign files that incorporated text boxes. This approach facilitated the graphic designer in seamlessly arranging the files for print readiness.

More facts:

Date of publication: 2021

ISBN-13: ‎978-3702239145

Published language: German

The book trailer

Whaa! Our fantastic book trailer! Thanks to a talented team in Dresden and Chemnitz we were able to produce this video to share tears on platforms like YouTube or Instagram.

The storyboard and illustrations were designed by me and then handed off to the very talented videographer Christian Selent.

Credits of the book trailer:
Idea & Text: Frauke Angel
Illustration: Stephanie Brittnacher
Animation: Christian Selent
Music & SFX: Jonny Polka
Mastering: Uwe Pasora
Voices: Tomke & Siri Angel


“Such a fantastic book! You want to cry with happiness!”
Brigitte Wallinger, wallinger.at

„A successful non-fiction book that unfolds a hitherto neglected topic with virtuosity!“
Deutsche Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur

„A coherent work of art that we are happy to recommend.“
Children‘s Library of Diverstity

Two more illustrations...

… I personally like in this book. Please take care!

You‘ve got „Weltschmerz“ when you have a feeling of melancholy and deep sadness, facing the horrors of this world.
This illustration is for one of the last double pages in „Heul doch!“. It is dedicated to the book’s Grandma who has lost her husband during the war.