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Archie the wonder dog

What a great interview - it was really interesting to hear about your approach to illustrating, I think your attention to detail and all the work you do before you 'start' the illustrations really shines through!


Excellent interview Vanessa, really interesting to see how much work goes on before the characters hit the book.


I've just read your interview and found it really interesting. I can't draw even the very basic of objects, so I am completely in awe of you and your talent. Bx xxx


I really enjoyed reading more about your work Vanessa and love that you really get a feel for your characters. Also, I don't think many people out there really appreciate how much hard work and effort goes into illustrating a beautiful children's book. You deserve to have a great many admirer's of all your works x

Trudy McLauchlan

Thanks for sharing the interview Vanessa, Rennaissance woman - fabulous!


I really enjoyed reading your interview. It was a real eye opener to how much work is involved! It is obvious that you work really hard and that self-discipline is key. You have a meticulous eye for detail.

It was very interesting to read about how you get under the skin of your characters. Something you totally succeed in. The little dog in the post below is amazing for the amount of expression you have in his little face.

Totally awesome to read about!

Crafted by Carly

Hi Vanessa,
I really enjoyed reading the interview - thanks for posting the link! :-)


off to read now, i'll be back!


a brilliant interview vanessa. i definetly think the thing that makes you so likeable is your lack of ego, and not least your bottomless talent. i look forward to visiting scotland one day (i married a graham!) and see your work displayed in a gallery!
xxx lori


great interview. i love reading about the process:)


Lovely to read the interview with you, Vanessa, your energy and enthusiasm for your work comes shining through!
also how we must all be so adaptable in these challenging times ...
ps your cat with butterflies is still my all-time favorite!
love, Barbara and Snowy of course xx


Hello again, Vanessa. I've popped over to read that interview, and now know a bit more about your exploration of various media.

As my comment to your interviewer said, I marvel at your way of mastering various media, and having them each express your unique take on life and art and happiness.


harmony and rosie

Vanessa that was such an interesting interview, lovely to get more understanding of the process of producing an illustrated book. I know I've said to you before but one of our favourite books (when I was expecting my girlie, now 8) was 'There's a House inside my Mummy'. My little boy loved that one, although it was still a mammoth shock when his sister turned up! At 11, I think he's just about come to terms with it now!!
Kate x

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Hello and welcome!

  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon