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Adriano Janezic - Children's Book Illustrator

Updated on January 23, 2015
Illustration from Spoiled Little Woodpecker
Illustration from Spoiled Little Woodpecker

Adriano Janezic, illustrator, caricaturist and cartoonist

Adriano Janezic could easily tell you how to become a childrens book illustrator. He is one of the most promising artists in Slovenia. He has an extraordinary sense of humor as well.

He is mostly occupied with working on children books and juvenile books, but he also draws short comics and newspaper cartoon illustrations.

His favorite technique is painting with acrylic paints. His illustrations adorn many picture books, periodicals and literary works. His comics are regularly published in the most read newspaper in Slovenia.

Adriano Janezic's works have not been exhibited frequently, they are much more seen in all mentioned media.

All illustrations are published with permissions of the author and publisher. They are copyrighted and can't be used anywhere else without prior written permission.

For further information, please, contact me through the comment section in the end of the page.

At the beginning...

He was born on August 19, 1972 in Ljubljana and now he lives in Logatec, near Postojna.

When he was younger his favorite books were Pippi Longstocking and a collection of fairy tales One Thousand and One Nights. Once he would like to illustrate famous Lindgren's work himself.

Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?
Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?

Pippi Longstocking was my favourite childhood book. I read it over and over again.

This is thirty-two pages book written by the author of Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren.

Suitable for 3 years old kids and older.



Illustration from The Squirrel Party
Illustration from The Squirrel Party

At school Adriano preferred art class and English language.

Professor of art education encouraged him to draw and sketch a lot and took part in the competitions. Two of his creations have been awarded.

In high school Adriano had severe problems with math, so he gave up and left school.

At that time he joined anarcho-pank movement and was listening to Crass, Conflict, Poison Girls. He still like this scene and this music.

Bunny in Love by Adriano Janezic
Bunny in Love by Adriano Janezic

After a period of punk, he attended art school of Zmago Modic, where he was taught by Milan Eric, Kiar Mesko, Milan Butina and Stefan Planinc.

At that time he started with his first publications, in a local newspaper of town Kamnik he was publishing comics and cartoons.

He doesn't like realism too much, Adriano prefers to be left to the imagination. He loves the freedom to create, that no one dictates him what the characters must look like. He has used watercolor, gouache, water colors and pencil. It is water colors and gouache that allow him to apply intense colors.

Illustration never seems good enough to him, before it is given to editors. Again and again he discovers another little thing that bothers him and it could be repaired or improved.

But time presses and when he is in a real hurry, Adriano sits on his bike with illustrations or cartoons in a plastic briefcase and speeds to the editors, who are already eagerly waiting for his work.

Computer? Adriano doesn't like it very much. In his spare time he likes to read.When he is not drawing or reading, he is devoted to cooking. Adriano is the master for the preparation of vegetarian dishes.

Illustration from the book Mine, mine, mine!
Illustration from the book Mine, mine, mine!

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This is the only book of Adriano that we can find on

L'asino sul ghiaccio
L'asino sul ghiaccio

A Donkey Goes onto Ice Only Once: a book with timeless message in contemporary setting and with loads of original humor.

Another scene from Bunny in Love
Another scene from Bunny in Love

List of Adriano Janezic's picture books and other works for children

Three houses from Christmas tree

Stories from green forest

The most beautiful on the playground and other stories

Cvetko's little common

Fairytrales about the weather

Little snails, At the Snails street

Berta, the millipede

Why do elephants sleep lightly?

Letters on the carousel

Little snails, On holidays

Letters on the carousel

Letters on the carousel

Little snails, In the winter

Bunny Dojo

Polonca and her friends

Anja and Matej

Spoiled little woodpecker

Proteusko - the cave goblin

A Squirrel party

Coney in trouble

Story about sun cell

Who Does Neza Like Best

A Donkey Goes onto Ice Only Once

Who Is Going on a Walk To The Forest

About the prince, who has broken heart

Karli, Fonzi and golden fish

Buried treasures

Bucky judgement in Visnja gora and other stories

Golden water

The year of Tolovaj

Street of freedom

Urchin Martin

Son Martin

My walk to Triglav

Short stories about life and actions of scholar Schnakschnepperleina

Farmhand Jernej

Bucky judgement and other stories

The treasure of Saint Jurij

Three stars for celeian princes

Toad in mailbox

Their stories

Adventures of Erazem the Cavemen

Dragoon on the piano

Drazen and me

Delusion of swan and other stories

Holidays with towel over the head

Mara the frog

Bomi the bear

Who is knocking at the door

Midnight cuckoo and other stories

Queen, her little Lipizzan horse and other stories

Where are the books living?

Revenge of little oyster

Bunny meets Snail (from Bunny in Love)
Bunny meets Snail (from Bunny in Love)

Adriano's work inspired many artists who used his characters in other amusing projects.

His style is very special, so the results are always unique. It takes some time to get accustomed to his illustration but everybody who knows his work like to include him in his projects, so it doesn't look he can get out of work in near future ...

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Squirrel in blue shirt postcard by so_cute
Squirrel in blue shirt postcard by so_cute

All illustrations are published with author's and publisher's permissions.

They are taken from books A Squirrel Party, Coney in Trouble, Spoiled Little Woodpecker, Mine, Mine, Mine and Bunny in Love.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      He is definitely a talented caricaturist from what you've featured on this lens...wonderful and cute work!

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      mikes-cool-stuff 4 years ago

      This guy has an interesting style. I like his work. Also thanks for liking another one of my lenses.

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      CuriousBoy 4 years ago

      I visited Ljubljana several years ago.

      You have selected a photo that illustrates that unique special charme of that wonderful town!

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens.

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      Phoenix2361 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I really enjoyed.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I love these illustrations - so darling! Congrats on your well deserved purple star.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is why I love Squidoo, I always learn something new. Pinned to my children's book board and art I love and blessed.

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Love it! Thanks for this amazing lens!

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Love the expressiveness of his creations. Thanks for this lens.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I do hope Adriano Janezic books are translated to English so that we can fully enjoy the stories as well as the wonderful art. Thank you so much for introducing me to this talented artist. I love his style and will recommend his work to my daughter for her children.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are so cute. Thanks for creating the lens.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      thanks for introducing me to a thoroughly enjoyable illustrator's work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful. Just wonderful. I love his use of color. Inspiring. I wish him all the best. Cheers!

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      kristinko 6 years ago

      LOVE IT!

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      jimbarnes lm 6 years ago

      really fun lenses

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      I love his illustrations. His animals are adorable.

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      Maurice Glaude 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Wow these are nice

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      tainlaulence 6 years ago

      Lovely cartoon.

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      Really great stuff! Thanks for your thorough work! I like HIM too! A perfectionist, good sign with creative people! Blessed!

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      Shorebirdie 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      His work looks familiar, I think i might have seen some of his illustrations here.

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      Nirmal Shah 6 years ago from India

      Stunning and creative illustrations. He's a great artist.

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      Absolutely adorable! Love these illustrations.

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      Very good lens about an excellent artist. Although he lives only few hours away from me this is my first time of hearing of him and his great work. Thank you :)

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Yes, I do. The illustrations are really good.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Lobe the illustrations. They have clean lines and look simple and at the same time clearly express emotions. I still have an old issue of Pika Nogavicka from Biseri collection - and it always makes me smile... :)

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Adriano Janezic is a very talentes artist. I hadn't seen his work before and thanks to you, I get to know his work, I like his cartoons :)

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      AmandaSilver 6 years ago

      I'm in love with cartoons... I think I will be there, close to the story and imagining even more, for all my life!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Cute and delightful pictures. Thaks for featuring this great illustrator with a sense of humor.

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      I have something in common with him .. I loved the Pippi books too! Really interesting lens, great pictures and lots for me to learn too. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I LOVE his work! Thanks so much for introducing us! Blessed!

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      momilp 6 years ago

      Adriano's art is whimsical. Nice lens.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Very fun lens, love the pictures. Thanks for the intro to Adriano Janezic :)

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      PaulaSquidoo 6 years ago

      Great lens. This is the first I have heard of Adriano Janezic. Thanks for sharing.

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      Stunning work! I didn't know about Adriano Janezic until now! Love the playfulness and colors of his artwork!

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      Very cool! Thanks for the introduction to Adriano Janezic.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very impressive artwork. Thanks for introducing Adriano Janezic's work. Nicely done! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A delightful presentation of Adriano Janezic's artistry, I was a fan as soon as I saw the intro picture. Very nicely done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for this.