A Typical Day in the life of Britta Teckentrup


A typical day …

I usually get up at around 7am when my teenage son gets ready for school and tend to start working around 8am. My day has to start with a cup of coffee…or two…or three… and lots of raspberries!

Britta Berlin

I live in Berlin.

I moved here about 10 years ago after living in the UK for 17 years.

I live in one of those typical Berlin flats in a turn of the century building with my Scottish husband, our teenage son and our almost 20 year old cat from Hackney – called Oskar.

Britta Hackney cat

My desk is facing a big window and I there is a huge chestnut tree right outside.

Right now is my favourite time of the year with the first buds appearing and the birds singing …

I almost forget that I live right in the middle of a big city.

Berlin can be a bit depressing and grey in the winter but it is wonderful in spring, summer and autumn.

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If I am not too busy I first have a look at my emails and Facebook and Twitter but am careful not to get too carried away.

On a very busy day I try not to get distracted and only check my emails a few times.

I love to work on various projects at the same time.

Going back and forth between different projects helps me see things in a fresh way.

I always have to put everything I am working on up on my wall  – it is getting quite busy now and is starting  to look a bit like a big collage.

But thankfully Berlin apartments have got very high ceilings!

Britta studio 2

Britta studio

I tend to work through lunch until our son comes home from school in the afternoon, but sometimes meet up with fellow illustrators and authors. There are lots of us living in my area for some reason and we go for lunch and coffee on a regular basis – which I love!

Even though there are quite a few studios nearby I prefer to work from home.

My husband who is also an artist works from home as well and it all works out very well.

The only ‘problem’ working from home is that I tend to work far too much.

But that’s not a major problem as I absolutely love what I do…

If you’d like to see more of Britta’s work, check out her website.

Before I Wake Up cover (2)


Before I Wake Up… By Britta Teckentrup

A young girl falls asleep and travels in her dreams through the sky, down to the ocean’s depths and into a jungle. She is accompanied by a lion friend, who eases her fears, gives her confidence and helps her explore the world around her. Along the way she meets whales, jellyfish, grizzly bears and wolves. Then it is time for the moon balloon to take the girl home to her bed, where she awakes, snuggled safely next to the lion, who returns to being a stuffed toy. Award-winning children’s illustrator Britta Teckentrup’s collage-like artwork creates a magical world of captivating colours, classic shapes and softly detailed textures. The gently told story reassures children that they are never alone, even in their dreams. Exquisitely produced, this book is certain to become a bedtime favourite for children and their parents.

Published by Prestel Publishing

Visit Magpie That tomorrow for Britta’s guest post.

Here are some magpies Britta illustrated for me some time ago. Aren’t they beautiful.

Britta MagpieBritta Magpies


Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Britta Teckentrup

I’m a big fan of Britta Teckentrup’s contribution to the world of picture books. Her illustrations have something of the old and something of the new about them that I find very appealing. Her books feel timeless, gimmick free and always rich in content.

This book has a simple premise, as we turn the pages of the book we see the life-cycle of the tree unfold and the animals that accompany it at different times during the rolling tides of the seasons.

The rhyming text that nestles at the bottom of each page reads like poetry, adding a gentle melody to the book as it is read aloud.

The design of the book is a thing of beauty, the same image is repeated on each page with subtle changes in colour and tone, with new animals appearing in and around the tree as the seasons change. Day turns to night, Spring turns to Summer, Summer turns to Autumn and Autumn turns to Winter.

Highly recommended.

Published by Little Tiger Press Group.

Check out the magpie she illustrated for me a while back.

Britta Magpie

Where’s The Pair? By Britta Teckentrup

Another triumph by the tremendous talent, Britta Teckentrup.

The follow-up to Britta Teckentrup’s first spotting book, The Odd One Out. However, this time we’re not looking for the odd one out: we are looking for the pair amongst crowd.

Britta’s illustrations sing across its pages; helped along by the high production value that the publisher Big Picture Press is famous for.

Your Hand in My Hand, by Mark Sperring, Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Come on a journey through the year and wonder at the world around you with this beautiful and lyrical celebration of parental love.

The heartwarming words are matched by stylish and contemporary art making this a book to treasure and read time and time again. A perfect picture book to share at bedtime or as a gift to welcome a new baby, and for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

Hachette Books 

Available in Hardback now for £11.99

Paperback: £6.99 Publication date: 05 Mar 2015