Illustrations for big hearts by Leeanne Grassnick are adventurous storytelling illustrations for both children and adults. Each illustration features LeeLee, a travelling balloon who is on an exciting journey, discovering the world in all its beautiful forms. All illustrations are in black and white, drawn by fine black ink pen, with the only colour being LeeLee the red balloon.
Leeanne Grassnick is an upcoming self-made artist, trying to pursue her dream of creating art for children. Leeanne is originally from Germany, and has lived in London for seven years. Leeanne, also called LeeLee by her God children and many friends, grew up in Australia, Germany, France, the United States, Russia and the Netherlands. Hence she loves to travel and the red balloon resembles her adventures.
“Leelee the balloon is an inspiration and reflection of my child and adulthood memories, always being encouraged by my parents to discover the world, it’s beautiful places and fabulous people. The balloon represents the beauty of freedom, of movement, of travels and following the things we love. When I see a red balloon randomly flying in the sky it makes me stop, it makes me stand still, it makes me smile. It mesmerizes me and I am not able to look away. It makes me smile and I catch myself doing a little skip. Seeing a red balloon lets my mind wonder to my happy places. I have always found it ironic how children (understandably) get upset when they accidently let go of a balloon, because it is only then that the balloon starts its adventures and is free to do what it loves to do – fly.”