My name is Yeliz Hakki and I started studying ‘Illustrating Children’s books‘ with London Art College in 2014, as I loved drawing and loved Children’s books, especially Dr Suess! I wasn’t sure if it would ever transpire into anything, but I thought it would be fun to learn. Maggy Roberts was my tutor and she taught me a great deal- especially about bleeds – which trust me are very important when illustrating for books!
In the years that followed I was drawing more and more, my drawing’s were getting better and I finally discovered my style. I draw using pencil and Ink.
One day my cat Flynn was sitting on my window ledge staring intently out of the window. I then had an idea to draw him staring at a fantasy world; with Ships, dragons and a castle and not the actual reality he was actually seeing. The picture came out great. I then had an idea for a story and called it ‘Flynn’s Window’ and carried on illustrating the next pages.
I was developing my story and at the same time I randomly met my publishers ‘Old King Cole’ when they were just setting up, through a Psychic night in a pub. We have been working together for the past 4 years and made Flynn’s Window into an amazing book. It finally got printed on 18th July 2018, and will now be available on Amazon and in book shops in August.
I could not be more proud with how it has come out, and fingers crossed for more exciting things to follow. Please check it out!
Yeliz Hakki (Liz)