When Ice’s mother tells her that they’re going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn’t so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different – the weather, the food, the people and the language. Ice tries to make friends, but everyone seems too busy and preoccupied to care.Will anything happen to help Ice feel more at home?A charming debut picture book about the anxieties and hardships of moving, with a heart-warming, positive ending.
Ariane has been drawing all her life, but only caught the picture book bug while working as an Au Pair near Chicago. She fell in love with all the picture books in the libraries she frequented. Never did it occur to her that she could do such a thing herself. Fast forward and a Psychology Degree and Masters in Children’s Book Illustration later and now in London, UK, her dream came true and she got her first picture book—Ice in the Jungle—published. She often bases her stories on her own experience, anecdotes and even research. With her books, she hopes to show children and adults alike how we can all live and learn together, no matter who we are or where we are from.
On developing her illustration style:
Ice in the Jungle was my final project during my MA in Children’s Book Illustration. I came up with the story quite quickly but putting it together in a book was quite a challenge. I also hadn’t really developed a “style” yet, so finding Ice was really hard. My tutors really didn’t like my early drafts of her. Originally I wanted to have it in some sort of digital woodcut style. Can you imagine? But it made the character too stiff. Finally while playing around with a lot of blobs of paint and after drawing polar bears daily for 6 weeks straight she finally emerged on the page. With her came also my current working method and style which now feels effortless. Once Ice was there, all the other things just fell into place. For the MA exhibition, I made lots of little needle-felted Ice dolls, which I still keep safely in a cabinet. She’ll always be my first character and has a special place in my heart.